The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has published a Casebook on Evaluation for Learning in Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Produced by PHAC’s Chronic Disease Interventions Division, the casebook presents six descriptive narratives that illustrate the successful use of evaluation findings to inform programs and practices in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The intent is to demonstrate the potential of evaluation for learning and improvement, and to share ideas and inspiration with people interested in evaluation.
CMHA Ontario’s project Minding Our Bodies: Eating Well for Mental Health is one of the six programs presented as case studies, to illustrate the successful use of evaluation findings. Minding Our Bodies worked with the York Institute for Health Research to conduct a project evaluation, and to support the local programs that were sponsored during the pilot phase. The case study explains how evaluation can be used to help expand, promote, and sustain programs. It also explains how the Minding our Bodies project engaged external evaluators as partners with internal evaluators for improved program learning.
The casebook, in both English and French, is available from the Minding Our Bodies website at www.mindingourbodies.ca.