Upcoming Webinar - Punctuated Equilibrium Model for Influencing Public Policies

Practical Implications for Public Health

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Mathieu Masse Jolicoeu

Lecturer, Université du Québec à Montréal, École nationale d'administration publique and Research officer at the Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal du CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

2. Jennifer Levy

Policy Development Officer
Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health

Moderator: Marianne Jacques, Scientific Advisor, NCCHPP

Date: Tuesday November 20, 2018 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

The punctuated equilibrium model aims to explain why public policies tend to be characterized by long periods of stability punctuated by short periods of radical change. This model can help public health actors understand why governments are sometimes receptive to evidence and discussion leading to significant policy change, whereas at other times, they seem to be less receptive to change and only open to making minor adjustments. This model can also help guide the actions and strategies that public health actors can use to influence public policy.

During this webinar, Mathieu Masse-Jolicoeur will provide an overview of the punctuated equilibrium model, as well as some insights on how public health actors can use it to analyze situations and identify opportune moments and strategies for acting upon policies.
Jennifer Levy will provide a regional public health perspective, and discuss the relevance of the model in relation to her public policy work at Toronto Public Health.  

Learning objectives
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand public policy development processes;
  • Identify and appreciate the different elements of the punctuated equilibrium model;
  • Mobilize the model to support action around healthy public policies.


Associated reading

An Introduction to Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Understanding Stability and Dramatic Change in Public Policies.

Technical instructions for joining a webinar

The link to join the webinar will be sent to registered participants. We are using the Adobe Connect platform. Please review the preliminary steps to follow before connecting to an NCCHPP webinar, click here.

Continuing Education Credits

This webinar is accredited by the École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal(University of Montréal's School of Public Health). The process is free. To obtain your continuing education units, you must participate in the webinar and sign in to the platform using your name and surname as indicated in your registration form. You must also fill in an online evaluation form that will be sent by e-mail after the webinar. Your continuing education credit certificate will then be delivered to you by email.


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Should you have any questions, please contact us at: ncchpp_training [at] inspq [dot] qc [dot] ca

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