Evaluative research

The CoPEH-Canada team is conducting a research and evaluation program to examine the development of social networks and the educational and capacity building outcomes of the community of practice. CoPEH-Canada provides a platform to share and consolidate our collective experiences and foster further collaboration among Canadian researchers and practitioners as we continue to learn, innovate and develop knowledge and skills.

This first period of research (2008-2012) highlighted a need for a new phase of consolidation and development of the community of practice to ensure long-term development and capacity in ecohealth in Canada and beyond. This included evaluation of our short course, contributing to its improvement, and exploration of the network of relationships in CoPEH-Canada. An example of the course evaluation questionnaire can be found here.

Publications from first phase of evaluative research

Strengthening collaborative capacity: experiences from a short, intensive field course on ecosystems, health and society

Parkes MW, Saint-Charles J, Cole DC, Gislason M, Hicks E, Le Bourdais C, et al. 2016. Higher Education Research & Development:1-16.

This quote-rich research article analyses three years (2008-2010) of student feedback on the CoPEH-Canada course. Findings highlight the importance of diversity (of background and language), relationships among students and the teaching team, and complexity in the teaching methods (reflecting the complexity of reality).

The second phase of research (beginning in 2013) has been linked with two projects. The first was a 3-year project entitled “Linking public health, ecosystems and equity through ecohealth training and capacity building,” funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, which aimed to provide training to improve practitioner's and resercher's ability to identify, communicate and manage multiple social and ecological determinants of health related in an integrated way, specifically in relation to the core competencies of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The second project, which is ongoing and conducted in collaboration with the Comunidad de Práctica sobre el Enfoque Ecosistémico en Salud Humana en América Latina y el Caribe (CoPEH LAC), aims to evaluate the development of the CoPEH-Canada network and its implications for research, education, practice and policy in ecosystem approaches to health, 

Our research continues to focus on the interrelated themes of collaborative relationships and capacity building, and their contributions to the emerging field of ecohealth.

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