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Systems Change Health Training Courses

Introduction to the Systems Change Process

  1. Assessing and Framing the Problem
  2. Analyzing Potential Solutions
  3. Influencing the Systems Change Process
  4. Implementing Enacted Policies
  5. Evaluating Systems Change Interventions

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Analyzing Potential Solutions

Timeframe: Two-Days (see sample agenda below)

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Construct and use a stakeholder power analysis
  2. Develop feasibility and impact criteria
  3. Construct and use an impact analysis
  4. Synthesize the results to formulate a decision
  5. Describe how to structure a policy brief

Background

Public health professionals are increasingly working on systems and environmental solutions to health problems.  For example, local or state organizations may plan to reduce childhood obesity by changing school district policies related to physical activity and nutrition.  To effectively work on policy change, these professionals need to know how to analyze and compare possible solutions.  

Workshop Description

During this 2-day, interactive workshop, participants begin developing skills for analyzing (comparing) and selecting policy/environmental solutions to pursue.  The workshop begins by introducing the need for policy analysis and its relationship to socio-political values.  Participants learn about the policy process and how to sequence analysis with windows of opportunity for influencing policy agendas.  Stakeholder perspectives are introduced in a simulated role-play experience and information is recorded in a log.  Participants use a stakeholder power analysis and an impact analysis, and combine the results to inform the decision-making process.  The workshop concludes with an analysis of sample policy briefs.

The workshop will rely on multiple learning styles including experiential activities (e.g., case example, small group exercises, individual reflection), as well as PowerPoint slides and written materials.  Facilitators guide the learning activities and provide background lecture for new concepts and methods.  Emphasis will be on exploring the concepts, practicing techniques, and learning from the participants’ collective skills and experience.  

Target Audience

Public health professionals from state and local agencies including:  division managers; health promotion, health education and environmental health staff; clinical staff managing non-clinical programs; and key partners collaborating on policy, environmental, or systems change initiatives.

Relevance and Usefulness

Participants will gain a better understanding of how political solutions can be developed to address public health problems.  After learning new concepts and practicing techniques, participants will have increased their skill in policy analysis – an important step in the public health Essential Service of developing health-supportive policy.  The workshop introduces learners to six of the 21 specialized competencies promoted by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (www.dhpe.org), and provides information relevant to the CHES competency on advocacy. DHPE is approved as a provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH), Category I in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). This course is approved for 12 CECH (11 of 12 are advanced-level MCHES).

 

Session Agenda

 

                                                 Day 1

Time

Activity

8:30

Registration and Networking

9:00
(40 min)

Opening
• Welcome and introductory activities
• Review agenda and materials

9:40
(20 min)

Background and context
• Changing policies, environments and systems
• Competency curricula

10:00
(30 min)

What is policy analysis?
• Public health is political

10:30
(15 min)

BREAK

10:45
(30 min)

What is policy analysis? (continued)
• Political context for solutions to problems
• Definition, models, and tools

11:15
(45 min)

Values
• Conflicting values in America
• Four key values
• Articulating your values

12:00
(75 min)

LUNCH

1:15
(120 min)

Policy process
• Introduction to policy process and policy agendas
• Timing and windows of opportunity

  • Application to current issues on the job

3:15
(15 min)

BREAK

3:30
(60 min)

Stakeholders
• Role-play using case information
• Using a stakeholder log to record issue-position and power

4:30
(15 min)

 Closing
• Review
• Feedback

4:45

END


 

                                             Day 2

Time

Activity

8:30

Registration and Networking

9:00
(60 min)

Opening
• Review from Day 1
• Review agenda and materials for Day 2

10:00
(10 min)

Possible solutions
• Generate list of solutions and select for analysis

10:10
(50 min)

Policy Analysis (Part 1. Stakeholder Power Analysis)
• Introduction to using Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

11:00
(15 min)

BREAK

11:15
(50 min)

Policy Analysis (Part 2.  Impact Analysis)
• Introduction to decision criteria

  • Orientation to impact analysis matrix, goal weights, and impact categories

12:05
(75 min)

 LUNCH

1:20
(75 min)

Policy Analysis (Part 2.  Impact Analysis) - continued
• Recording impact data
• Overview of economic analysis methods

2:35
(15 min)

BREAK

2:50
(30 min)

Making the decision
• Summarizing results and making decisions
• Interpreting the results

3:20
(45 min)

Policy brief
• Outlining a policy brief
• Critically review sample policy briefs

4:05
(25 min)

Closing
• Review
• Feedback 

4:30

END

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