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New Resource--Theories, models and frameworks used in capacity building interventions relevant to public health: a systematic review (BMC Public Health 2017) Now Open Access

The purpose of this systematic review of the literature was to identify underlying theories, models and frameworks used to support capacity building interventions relevant to public health practice. Twenty-eight different theories, models and frameworks were identified. Of this number, the following were identified as the most frequently cited:

  • Two were theories: Diffusion of Innovations and Transformational Learning;
  • Two were models: Ecological and Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation; and
  • One was a framework: Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning.

Implications for practice include:

  • The findings can be used to better design capacity building interventions (e.g., consultation, technical assistance, training, coaching, web-based and/or facilitated learning opportunities, knowledge products and resources).
  • They can also help to guide implementation practice by encouraging practitioners to consider, explicitly identify, and clearly define which theories, models and frameworks were used during various stages of the capacity building process.

This review is now available at