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Conducting Situational Assessments in Six Strategic Steps: A pre-TOPHC workshop, Health Promotion Capacity Building Services at Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
March 24, 2015

9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
PHO, 480 University Avenue, 3rd floor

Planning is a series of decisions, from strategic decisions to specific operational details, based on the gathering and analysis of a wide range of information.

According to the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada and the Ontario Public Health Standards, all public health professionals are to be competent in program planning. The ability to conduct situational assessments is an important skill when planning a program. Situational assessments focus on the population of interest, trends, issues that may affect programming, and the wants, needs, and assets of the community. They are used to choose goals, target audiences and outcome objectives, and to identify the most promising strategies and activities for providing evidence-based programing.

Facilitated by planning specialists from HPCB at Public Health Ontario, this workshop will provide a step-by-step model for conducting situational assessments. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences with each of the steps. Real world experiences from participants will be incorporated during the workshop along with a mix of learning approaches including large and small group activities.

This workshop will be of interest to those seeking definitions, tools, resources and an organized approach to conducting situational assessments. Both front line staff and managers or team leaders who train or advise staff/volunteers will find this session useful.  

By the end of the workshop, participants will:    

  • Understand and be able to apply the six steps for conducting a situational assessment when planning public health programs;
  • Know what types of evidence to use and where to find it; and
  • Be able to adapt best-practice techniques and tools to analyze the situation

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Note: Maximum number of registrants is 24.

Registration Deadline: Please complete the required information by March 6, 2015 to declare your interest in attending this event. Health Promotion Capacity Building Services (HPCB) will send you an email by March 16, 2015 to confirm your attendance.

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