Choosing indicators to evaluate Healthy Cities projects: a political task?

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Source
Health Promot Int. 2006 Jun;21(2):145-52
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-2006
Author
Michel O'Neill
Paule Simard
Author Affiliation
Faculty of Nursing and Groupe de recherche et d'intervention en promotion de la santé (GRIPSUL), Université Laval, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4. Michel.Oneill@fsi.ulaval.ca
Source
Health Promot Int. 2006 Jun;21(2):145-52
Date
Jun-2006
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Cities
Community Health Planning - standards
Health Care Rationing
Health Policy
Health Promotion - standards
Humans
Politics
Program Evaluation - methods
Quebec
Urban Health Services - standards
World Health Organization
Abstract
Ever since their beginning in 1986, Healthy Cities projects all over the world have been confronted with the issue of evaluation. However, after 20 years, many key dilemmas constantly reappear, people often looking for a kind of 'magic' list of universally applicable indicators to evaluate these initiatives. In this article we address five questions, allowing to illustrate the evaluative dilemmas the Healthy Communities movement is confronted with: Why evaluate Healthy Cities? What should be evaluated? Evaluate for who? Who should undertake the evaluation? How should the evaluation be performed? We conclude by formulating three recommendations in order to stimulate exchanges and debate. Our argument is based on a recent thorough analysis of the evaluative literature pertaining to the Healthy Cities movement, as well as on two decades of reflection on and involvement with this issue locally, nationally and internationally.
PubMed ID
16603569 View in PubMed
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