On Feb 8th, 2013 the Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions (St. Micheal's Hospital; Toronto, Canada) held a workshop titled, "Spreading Learning for Systems Change"
Through discussion and a focus on real world applications, this workshop highlighted some of the challenges and opportunities in moving from designing and evaluating pilot projects to changing health systems.
Key Questions of the Workshop:
• How do we scale-up key learnings from pilot sites to population-level initiatives?
• What are the evaluation challenges associated with planning for spread?
• How do we incorporate system characteristics into our thinking about scaling-up?
• How does project design change when you plan for spread?
Speakers at the Workshop:
• Brian Rush, Senior Scientist and Head of the Health Systems and Health Equity Research Group (Centre for Addictions and Mental Health; University of Toronto)
• Fred Carden, Director, Evaluation Unit (International Development Research Centre)
• Diane Dyson, Director, Research & Public Policy (WoodGreen Community Services)
• Bob Gardner, Director, Policy Unit (Wellesley Institute)