262353 From the individual to the organization: Factors influencing the implementation of a professional development program in public health

Monday, October 29, 2012

Marie-Claude Tremblay, MA , School of public health, University of Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Lucie Richard, PhD , Faculty of nursing, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Astrid Brousselle, PhD , Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke, Longueuil, QC, Canada
The Health Promotion Laboratory is a public health professional development program which was designed by the regional public health directorate of Montreal (Canada) in response to needs expressed by professionals from local health centers. Combining reflexivity, community of practice and competencies development, this program aims to support multidisciplinary teams in the development of health promotion interventions. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the implementation of the Health Promotion Laboratories in two sites over the first year of the project. More specifically, this presentation aims at identifying factors at the level of the intervention, individual, group and organisation which facilitate the teams' learning process.

The data were collected using multiple strategies including direct observation, trainers' logbooks (n=2), focus groups (n=14) and interviews with participants (n=20). A qualitative analysis of the material was conducted which was guided by a framework based on adult learning, competencies development and organisational learning theories.

Individual (IND), group (GRP), organisation (ORG) and program (PRG) factors emerged as influencing the learning process. Specific factors having the most influence were: participants' willingness to reconsider practice (IND), maturity of the team and managers' leadership (GRP), organisational support, particularly in terms of freeing up time to participate in the laboratory (ORG), clarity of the program's objectives and of the learning process (PRG).

Professional development in public health generally suffers from a lack of evaluation and, more specifically, implementation analysis. This study results suggest that different levers can be acted on to facilitate professional development of public health professionals.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the Health Promotion Laboratory, an innovative professional development program in public health. 2. Explain how to conduct an implementation analysis of a professional development program. 3. Identify factors from different levels that can hinder or facilitate professional development process in a public health setting. 4. Assess the importance of implementation analysis for professional development initiatives in public health.

Keywords: Professional Development, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My doctoral thesis consists of an evaluation of the Health Promotion Laboratory Program. I've been working on it for more than three years, in collaboration with the Montreal public health directorate that promoted the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.