Health Surveillance and Disease Management / Noncommunicable Diseases / CARMEN
Workshop on Policy Analysis and Decision-Making with Emphasis on Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases
(Bridgetown, Barbados, 15–17 October 2007)
An introduction to public policy analysis, policy development, implementation, and evaluation aimed at high-level policy- and decision-makers; hosted by the PAHO/WHO Office for the Eastern Caribbean Countries (ECC) as a joint activity of the CARMEN Policy Observatory and the CARMEN School
Goal: 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 were applicable to different levels of government; and while the emphasis was on chronic noncommunicable diseases, they were also germane to the design of public health policies in general. The stimulation of critical thinking and policy argumentation figured as a core element to the production and delivery of policy recommendations and advice to policy-makers. Yet the topics also highlighted 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 were showcased as critical tools for policy analysis.
At the end of the workshop it is expected that the participants will:
Approach: Participants from 10 countries of the Eastern Caribbean will meet. The sessions will include short presentations as introductions to various topics, dialogue, space for discussion, and a working group.
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 carefully considered 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. This set of materials will also serve as future reference for the participants.