Policy Development


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HC Link News Digest PLUS - Health in All Policies - Highlights resources, reports and other information related to Health in All Policies (HiAP).



Getting started with...Policy for Healthy Communities

HC Link | 2014
A two-page info sheet that provides a brief introduction to policy work for healthy communities as well as a snapshot of resources and supports that HC Link offers.





BigBadWolfThumbWho’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?: De-mystifying Policy (Video recording)

Plus Slides and Handout

HC Link | 2013
This workshop, recorded at HC Link’s 2013 conference, covers the basics of healthy public policy: what is it, why we should engage in policy development and how to do it well.


Digging Deep: Policy stories from Ontario communities (Video recording)

HC Link | 2013
This talk-show style panel presentation was recorded at HC Link’s 2013 Linking for Healthy Communities conference. Panelists from Niagara Region Public Health, Dillon Consulting and Ottawa Public Health joined panel moderator Andrea Bodkin to explore the drivers behind policy work, how the work was supported and roadblocks overcome.


Preparing Effective Briefing Notes (Webinar notes)

HC Link | 2013
HC Link’s June 2013 webinar (as well as a pre-webinar podcast) by Advocacy School Instructor Susan Doyle of the University of Victoria introduced participants to the basics of writing clear, concise, and persuasive briefing notes. It covers core principles of effective professional writing to communicate ideas in well-organized, highly readable, focused and effective documents. Due to intellectual property restrictions, the webinar recording, slides, and podcast are no longer available.


Framing the Policy Issue (Part One video recording)

Recording Part Two

HC Link | 2012
This talk-show style panel presentation was recorded at the Northeast Regional Forum in North Bay. Moderated by Paul Young of HC Link, the panel featured Stephanie Lefebvre, Manager, Health Equity, Sudbury & District Health Unit; David Courtemanche, President of Leading Minds and former Mayor of Sudbury; and Karen Beauchamp, Director of Community Growth and Planning, City of Timiskaming Shores.


INDEPTH1Are We Ready to Address Policy?: Assessing and Building Readiness for Policy Work

HC Link | 2012
The focus of this issue of in depth is assessing readiness for policy work and developing strategies to increase readiness. It provides a series of steps, assessment questions, strategies and examples to assist a group in making the decision of whether or not to move forward on a policy effort.



The Use of Behaviour Change Concepts to Move Policy Forward

HC Link | 2011
Overview of: Policy Development and Uptake, Behaviour Change Theories and Concepts, and Tools to Gather Information to Influence Community Decision-makers. Accompanied by Worksheet.




@heart: Policy Development in the Real World 

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2010
This feature provides a candid look at how policy is developed within the political setting. Insights and practical suggestions are provided for getting your policy initiative on the agenda of the decision-makers in a way that supports the current government’s mandate.






At a glance: Policy Uptake

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2008
Policy uptake is about moving policy recommendations onto the government’s policy agenda and for government representatives to “uptake” your policy recommendation into their political agenda. This publication provides practical suggestions for determining when, how and who to educate and influence about your policy initiative.






@heart: Influencing Decision-makers

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2007
This resource is based on a provincial workshop of the same title. It summarizes the workshop presentations and provides background information and tips on getting your message heard, working with the media, your community and volunteers.








Focus On: By-law development as a health promotion strategy

Public Health Ontario | 2014

By-laws can increase health-enhancing environments and decrease health-threatening environments by creating supportive physical and social environments that enable people to have opportunities to make healthy choices. See also At a Glance: Eight Setps to Policy Deveopment.



pollllPolicy Readiness Tool - Understanding a Municipality's Readniness for Policy Change and Strategies for Taking Action

School of Public Health, University of Alberta | 2011 
The Policy Readiness Tool is a self-administered questionnaire that can be used to assess a municipality's readiness for policy change. The purpose of the Tool is to help advocates and policy developers encourage the adoption of healthy public policy within municipalities.  Also available in French

Accompanying documents include:

General Strategies for Encouraging Policy Change

Identifying Opinion Leaders/Champions

Social Media: Quick Tips for Policy Advocacy



Toolkit to Healthier Communities- Influencing Healthy Public Policies

Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance | 2011
The purpose of the toolkit is to help you influence policies that support healthier communities. This toolkit expands on the work of the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) and its many project partners. It is based on THCU’s 8 step process to policy development and builds on the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)’s Workbook for Influencing Physical Activity Policy.






Workbook for Influencing Physical Activity Policy

Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)

This workbook is for anyone venturing to create a physical activity policy within their community, school or workplace. It follows THCU's eight-step policy development model and is suitable for all levels of experience or comfort with policy development (see below).







Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy | 2011
This document summarizes the method proposed by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) for producing knowledge syntheses aimed at informing decision makers during the promotion, adoption and implementation of public policies.





Advocacy in Action: A Toolkit for Public Health Professionals (2nd Edition)

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia | 2009
This toolkit will provide an introduction to public health advocacy, an outline and examples of key advocacy strategies and samples of practical tools.






Evaluating Policy Development and Advocacy

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health Department of Public Policy | 2007
This report offers a framework to clarify the purpose, scope and outcomes of policy interventions, thus focusing the evaluation process and making it more effective. This tool can also be used as a framework for 'mapping' the overall policy development and advocacy work of an organization or department.






Public Policy and Public Participation Engaging Citizens and Community in the Development of Public Policy

Public Health Agency of Canada, Population and Public Health Branch | 2003
The primary objective of this workbook is to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities relating to the development of public policy, with specific emphasis on the meaningful inclusion of stakeholders and citizens.






National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy

The NCCHPP's mandate is to increase expertise in healthy public policy through the development, sharing and use of knowledge. NCCHPP resources include an Online Training Course for Analyzing Public Policies.