Situational Analysis for Complex Systems: Methodological Development in Public Health Research

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Wanda
dc.contributor.author Pauly, Bernie
dc.contributor.author MacDonald, Marjorie
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-22T21:10:14Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-22T21:10:14Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-03-10
dc.identifier.citation Martin, W., Pauly, B. & MacDonald, M. (2016). Situational Analysis for Complex Systems: Methodological Development in Public Health Research. AIMS Public Health, 3(1), 94-109. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3934/publichealth.2016.1.94
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7170
dc.description.abstract Public health systems have suffered infrastructure losses worldwide. Strengthening public health systems requires not only good policies and programs, but also development of new research methodologies to support public health systems renewal. Our research team considers public health systems to be complex adaptive systems and as such new methods are necessary to generate knowledge about the process of implementing public health programs and services. Within our program of research, we have employed situational analysis as a method for studying complex adaptive systems in four distinct research studies on public health program implementation. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the use of situational analysis as a method for studying complex systems and highlight the need for further methodological development. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship We have developed our understanding of applying Situational Analysis to public health research through three additional studies under the Core Public Health Functions Research Initiative. The Knowledge to Action (KTA – Funding Reference Number 86793) study focused on the implementation of the Food Safety Core Program and the Unintentional Injuries Prevention Core Program. Renewal of Public Health Systems (RePHS – Funding Reference Number 92255) study compared the process of public health renewal within and between BC and Ontario, and the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH - Funding Reference Number 116688) study used Situational Analysis to understand health equity priorities and strategies across provincial health authorities. Funding for these studies, including Food Gone Foul (Application Number 204458), is from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Additional funding was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AIMS Public Health en_US
dc.rights Attribution 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Situational Analysis en_US
dc.subject methodological development en_US
dc.subject complex adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject implementation en_US
dc.title Situational Analysis for Complex Systems: Methodological Development in Public Health Research en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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