Infography: Knowledge translation and research use in health in Burkina Faso

For the annual meeting of the RENARD team, held on March 16 at the University of Montreal, several students designed posters in the form of infographics summarizing their thesis project. Find below the infography of Esther Mc Sween-Cadieux summarizing her thesis project on key lessons learned in knowledge translation after a 5 years research program on community-based interventions for health equity in Burkina Faso.  (more…)

Use of concept mapping and focus groups to adapt a health equity tool in Canada

This article is set to be published on April 2017 in the Volume 61 of Evaluation and Program Planning and is already available online in open access. It was written by Anne Guichard, Émilie Tardieu, Christian Dagenais, Kareen Nour, Ginette Lafontaine and Valéry Ridde and it focuses on the combined use of concept mapping and focus groups to adapt a health equity tool in Canada. You can download the article hereunder. (more…)

Improving the health and safety of 911 emergency call centre agents: An evaluability assessment of a knowledge transfer strategy

coverThis new article has just been published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. The article, which was co-written by Christian Dagenais, Laurence Plouffe (Department of Psychology, University of Montreal), Charles Gagné, Georges Toulouse, Andrée-Anne Breault (Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)) & Didier Dupont (Research officer in human and social sciences) describes the evaluability assessment of a knowledge transfer strategy established by the IRSST for preventing the psychological and musculoskeletal problems among 911 emergency call centre agents. (more…)

A qualitative case study of evaluation use in the context of a collaborative program evaluation strategy in Burkina Faso

This article published in Health Research Policy and Systems was written by Léna D’Ostie-Racine, Christian Dagenais and Valéry Ridde who all together conceptualized and designed the research project. This paper is a qualitative case study of evaluation use by NGOs in the context of a collaborative program evaluation strategy in Burkina Faso.


Background: Program evaluation is widely recognized in the international humanitarian sector as a means to make interventions and policies more evidence based, equitable, and accountable. Yet, little is known about the way humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) actually use evaluations.

Methods: The current qualitative evaluation employed an instrumental case study design to examine evaluation use (EU) by a humanitarian NGO based in Burkina Faso. This organization developed an evaluation strategy in 2008 to document the implementation and effects of its maternal and child healthcare user fee exemption program. Program evaluations have been undertaken ever since, and the present study examined the discourses of evaluation partners in 2009 (n = 15) and 2011 (n = 17). Semi-structured individual interviews and one group interview were conducted to identify instances of EU over time. Alkin and Taut’s (Stud Educ Eval 29:1–12, 2003) conceptualization of EU was used as the basis for thematic qualitative analyses of the different forms of EU identified by stakeholders of the exemption program in the two data collection periods.

Results: Results demonstrated that stakeholders began to understand and value the utility of program evaluations once they were exposed to evaluation findings and then progressively used evaluations over time. EU was manifested in a variety of ways, including instrumental and conceptual use of evaluation processes and findings, as well as the persuasive use of findings. Such EU supported planning, decision-making, program practices, evaluation capacity, and advocacy.

Conclusions: The study sheds light on the many ways evaluations can be used by different actors in the humanitarian sector. Conceptualizations of EU are also critically discussed.

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Current Knowledge on Child Sexual Abuse in Indigenous Populations of Canada and the United States: A Literature Review

This article was published in 2015 in American Indian Culture and Research Journal and was written by Xavier Barsalou-Verge, Mélanie M. Gagnon, Renée Séguin, and Christian Dagenais. This litterature review establishes the current knowledge on Child Sexual Abuse in Indigenous Populations of Canada and the United States.  (more…)