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.





Policy 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.




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.






Affordable Access to Recreation for Ontarians. Policy Framework. Every One Plays

Ontario Task Group on Affordable Access to Recreation | 2009

This Framework will help to galvanize community organization, the private sector and all levels of government to action, based on a shared vision of affordable access to recreation. In addition to the Framework, the Task Group has created a Policy Development and Implementation Guide for Communities.  This provides communities with strategies to increase access and examples of other policies and programs.





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.




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.