Towards an Ecology of Evidence to Act on Inequities

Towards an Ecology of Evidence to Act on Inequities


Day: Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Time:  11:30 a.m. (ET)

The Health Promotion and Social Determinants Unit from the Pan American Health Organization is delighted to invite you to its last webinar in the three-part webinar series on "Making Evaluations Matter to Address Inequities". This webinar, with the title “Towards an Ecology of Evidence to Act on Inequities”, will take place on the 9th of December, 11:30 am to 1 pm ET time.

Learning in complex implementation settings is rarely the monopoly of a single method or approach. Learning requires multiple methods and approaches. The notion of a 'best method' to learn about addressing inequities might be short-sighted given that actions require very diverse evidence.

This webinar will focus on the ecology of evidence needed to act on inequities. The varieties of evidence that an evaluation will need to generate and how best to design such a system of evaluation will be the focus of this webinar.

The session will be facilitated by Sanjeev Sridharan, founding director of the Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at the University of Toronto and Country Lead, Learning Systems and Systems Evaluation at the India Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sanjeev has led evaluation capacity building projects in China, Chile, Scotland, India and Sri Lanka.

We will be joined by leading panelists from policy and practice arenas including:

  • Diane Walter, Executive Director, Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services, Toronto, Canada
  • Trish Newport, Deputy Manager, Emergency Response, Doctors without Borders
  • Tim Warren, Lead of Digital Health, Department of Health, Scottish Government
  • Sana Contractor, Public Health Practitioner and Researcher working on Gender and Social Exclusion in India

The discussant for this session will be Ray Pawson, Emeritus Professor of Social Research Methodology at University of Leeds and the primary developer of Realist Evaluation.

The relationship between different elements of such an ecology of evidence will be highlighted through examples of addressing maternal health in India, health promotion in Scotland, responding to homelessness in Canada and responding to Ebola in Congo. The relationship between the ecology of evidence to the social determinants of health will be discussed.

The webinar will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Portuguese.