The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions (TECCHI) at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital believes that evaluations should be utility focused and help to develop a culture of accountability towards learning.  As part of an ongoing workshop series aimed at building evaluation capacity and promoting cross-learning, TECCHI hosted a workshop on May 7th, 2014. The workshop, titled ‘Evaluating Health Inequities: How can it Make a Difference to the Most Disadvantaged?’, involved over 50 health stakeholders working in policy, practice, and research domains.
The workshop was a dialogue around key aspects of evaluating health inequities with the goals of increasing evaluation utility and improving program outcomes for those who need it the most.  In the context of evaluating health inequities, the following questions were explored:
  • How do you incorporate evaluative thinking in planning policies and programs to address health inequities?
  • What kinds of actionable knowledge can evaluations of health inequities generate?
  • How do we build performance measurement systems that incorporate equity in a meaningful way?
  • How can a human rights lens be used to improved evaluations?
The workshop included presentations about three initiatives, one national project in Chile and two community projects in Toronto, to provide real examples of how programs and policies are seeking to address health inequities. Each presentation also discussed how evaluative thinking had (or had not) led to key learnings. The workshop sought to get a diverse range of perspectives that leveraged different types of knowledge including experience from frontline staff, government, evaluators, and program planners. Lead discussants were:
  • Orielle Solar, Lecturer, School of Public Health (University of Chile); formerly with Ministry of Health (Chile) and WHO
  • Nalini Pandalangat, Director, Newcomer Health and Specialty Services (Sherbourne Health Centre)
  • Joyce Edem, Community Development Coordinator  (Hospice Toronto)
  • Leslie Morris, Community Outreach Coordinator (Community Resource Connections of Toronto)          
The presentations were followed by a roundtable-like discussion between discussants and the audience around the key questions above. Individuals shared their own experiences and learnings about how evaluations can play a role in addressing health inequities for the most vulnerable and marginalized segments of the population.
We encourage you to join in this discussion after you watch the video! We would love to hear from you around how evaluations have helped to address health inequities within your own experience. If you are based in Toronto and would like to be added to our mailing list about future workshops, please include your email address in the contact form here.

Evaluating Health Inequalities (Part 1 of 2)


Evaluating Health Inequalities (Part 2 of 2)


Presentation Slides
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Evaluating Complex Interventions