Seminar - How can evaluation support social innovation?
During the past decade, the rhetoric of evidence based practice has been widely spread within public health. In parallel an increasing dialog between the field of public health and that of program evaluation has allowed both fields to share critical questionings and issues. As a consequence, evaluation has been increasingly called upon as an inherent component of public health intervention that needs to be aligned with the action’s goals. In this presentation we discuss issues at stake when evaluation is used as a support for social innovation in the public health interventions that address social health inequalities.
Louise Potvin completed her doctorate in Public Health from Université de Montréal and post doctoral training in program evaluation. She is currently professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montreal and Scientific director of the Centre Léa-Roback sur les inégalités sociales de santé de Montréal. Louise holds the CHSRF/CIHR Chair on Community Approaches and Health Inequalities. This Chair aims at documenting how public health interventions in support to local social development contribute to the reduction of health inequalities in urban settings. Her main research interests are the evaluation of community health promotion program and how local social environments are conducive of health. She was a member of the WHO Working Group on the evaluation of health promotion. Louise participated in several Federal-Provincial-Territorial committees related to population health. She is a globally elected member of the Board of Trustees of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers, 30 book chapters and 4 books.
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