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Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit

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Ilho-dht is designed to assist evidence-based local service planning and commissioning, including Joint Strategic Needs Assessments. The Toolkit does this by providing information on the diseases, which are causing low life expectancy in individual areas, enabling good local priority setting.


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DPoRT: Diabetes Population Risk Tool

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Tool Description

The Diabetes Population Risk Tool (DPoRT) calculates the future risk of diabetes, for diabetes-free individuals, without the requirement of clinical information. The tool was specifically designed to allow users to estimate future population risk using population survey data.

The tool is based on the publicly available national population health surveys administered by Statistics Canada (Canadian Community Health Survey). The cross-sectional nature of these surveys allows DPoRT to be applied to the newer releases—providing estimates that more accurately reflect Canada's current population.


DPoRT is a population-based risk prediction tool, designed to estimate diabetes incidence and quantify the effect of interventions using routinely collected survey data. Full details on the development and validation of DPoRT can be found in: A population-based risk algorithm for the development of diabetes: development and validation of the Diabetes Population Risk Tool (DPoRT).

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Uses of the Tool include:

  • Projecting the number of new cases of diabetes.
  • Describing the contribution of a specific risk factor, such as obesity, to population risk of diabetes.
  • Assessing the potential benefit of different preventive strategies for reducing the future diabetes cases.
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Method for Synthesizing Knowledge about Public Policies

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Public Health Agency of Canada through funding for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) 2010


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The objective of this document is to propose a knowledge synthesis method that is applicable to public policies and takes into account not only data linked to their effectiveness, but also data on issues related to their implementation, with the aim of identifying the policies that are most likely to succeed in the specific context in which their implementation is being considered.

The proposed knowledge synthesis method draws inspiration from political science, policy analysis, literature on evidence-informed decision making in public health, literature on evaluation, and theoretical developments related to deliberative processes. Having integrated these various foundational elements, the proposed methodological approach:

  • applies an analytical framework that takes into consideration not only the effectiveness of public policies, but also their unintended effects, their effects on equity, and the issues related to their implementation (cost, feasibility, and acceptability); and
  •  considers a range of quantitative and qualitative data from scientific and non-scientific sources.
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