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The workshop is an introduction to public policy analysis, policy development, implementation and evaluation. Its goal is to enhance the skills and competencies of the participants in these fields of knowledge and practice as analysts and advisors.

The concepts and methods shared are applicable to different levels of government, and while the emphasis is on chronic noncommunicable diseases, they are also germane to the design of public health policies in general.

The stimulation of critical thinking and policy argumentation figure as core elements to the production and delivery of policy recommendations and advise to policy makers. Yet the topics also highlight the relevance of agenda setting in turbulent and complex political environments, models of implementation and evaluation, strategic thinking and foresight and—to a minor degree—policy change through advocacy. The instruments of economic evaluation are showcased as critical tools for policy analysis.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of the workshop it is expected that the participants will:

Be familiar with general concepts of design, implementation and evaluation of public policy, including the roles played by politics, evidence and rationality in the decision-making process.

Have enhanced their abilities to critically conceptualize policy problems, generate policy alternatives and provide effective advise to decision- makers.

Be acquainted with economic evaluation (cost- effectiveness analysis, cost benefit analysis and impact evaluation) as a critical tool for policy analysis.

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Recognize the relevance of strategic thinking, foresight, and better peripheral vision to optimize analysis, design and implementation.

Understand the applicability of policy tools for the prevention and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases.

APPROACH

The event will be hosted by the Pan American Health Organization’s Eastern Caribbean Office, and participants from 10 countries of the Eastern Caribbean will gather in Bridgetown, Barbados from 15-17 October 2007.

The sessions will include short presentations as introductions to various topics, dialogue, space for discussion and a working groups. There will be a special evening session on 16 October from 6 to 8 pm.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The EEC Coordinating Office will make available to the participants all the documents included in the reading list in CD-Rom format and/or hard copy.

The selection of bibliographic material considered carefully the quality, thematic relevance, diversity of theoretical perspectives, disciplines and potential contributions to the goals of the workshop. Considering the breath of the topics and the short duration of the workshop, the recommended readings are marked with an asterisk.. We hope that set of materials will also serve as future reference for the participants.

RESPONSIBLE STAFF

At the EEC Offices in Barbados Xysta Edmunds, e-mail: edmundxy@eec.paho.org Shirley Alleyne, e-mail: alleynes@eec.paho.org PAHO Headquarters in Washington, DC Cristina Puentes-Markides, Health Systems Strengthening, Health Policy and Systems Unit, e’mail: puentesc@paho.org

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