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Defining principles for good practice: Using case studies to inform health systems action on health inequalities


  • Simpson, Sarah
  • Kelly, Michael P.
  • Morgan, Antony


This paper presents work using case studies as a source of data to see if we could extrapolate from the specific to the general particularly with regard to understanding what constitutes effective practice in taking action on SDHI and as a way of enabling policy makers to make better use of knowledge within the case studies and as a way of better understanding what works, in what context and why. Case studies are important to evaluators in that they are relatively straightforward to undertake and because those involved in implementing an intervention are usually keen to profile the intervention. A checklist described in this paper will enable policy advisers and evaluators to quickly review a case study and right away see if it contains enough information to assist in the development of policy options for reducing socially determined health inequalities.

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  • Simpson, Sarah & Kelly, Michael P. & Morgan, Antony, 2013. "Defining principles for good practice: Using case studies to inform health systems action on health inequalities," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 191-197.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:36:y:2013:i:1:p:191-197 DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2012.03.007

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    1. Smith, Andrew & Spenlehauer, Vincent, 1994. "Policy evaluation meets harsh reality: Instrument of integration or preserver of disintegration?," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 277-287.
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