The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions (TECCHI) at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, has been established to be a centre of excellence in evaluation. The growing focus on learning and accountability in Canada and internationally has resulted in an increasing need for evaluation approaches to understand if policies and programs work, how they work and what can be done in planning and implementation to make them work.
Given the complexity of some of the health policies and programs, the designs and approaches required to evaluate them need to go beyond standard experimental or quasi-experimental approaches and will require the evaluator working with policy makers and program planners right at the policy/program formulation stage. Responding to the complexity of interventions requires a range of evaluation approaches and a mix of methods. We implement a range of evaluation approaches including realist, development and impact evaluations. We are actively involved in building a community of evaluators in Ontario and globally.