Political and Social Context module
Appealing to government
Appealing to government means not only understanding which issues will interest a decision-maker at any one time, but also knowing how to frame and communicate the injury problem to make it resonate and align with a decision-makers priorities and philosophy1.
A champion is a person who acts as an invaluable resource to gain and sustain momentum for innovative programs and policies2.
Enforcement is one of the three E’s of injury prevention. An enforcement strategy is one that relies on a process of ensuring compliance to laws, regulations, rules, or standards1.
)A needs assessment is a systematic method of assessing the needs of a population or community and using that assessment to make the necessary changes to meet the community’s needs1.
A policy window is a critical time when the elements of passing legislation come together. Elements of passing legislation include: 1) problems (paying attention to one problem over another), 2) proposals (the process by which policy proposals are generated, debated, revised and adopted for consideration, and 3) politics (the factors that influence the agendas)3.
The political context includes the current political climate, government priorities, or election cycle that exist at the time when injury practitioners are considering to implement an injury policy or guideline1.
The social context in relation to injury prevention is the refers to the immediate social and/or physical setting in which injury prevention happens, or does not happen. It reflects the culture that exists in response to an injury event, and influences the community or individuals reaction to it1.
A strategy is a generalized plan to achieve one’s goals1.
Tactics refer to the methods and actions taken to execute the strategy1.
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- BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. Vancouver. Available from http://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/ http://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/quick-facts/motor-vehicle/.
- Pike I, Richmond S, Rothman L, Macpherson A (eds). (2015) Canadian Injury Prevention Resource. Parachute, publisher: Toronto, ON.
- Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership’s (QIIP) Evaluation, Needs Assessment and Performance Measures Working Group. Needs Assessment Resource Guide. Available from: http://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/documents/qi/qi-rg-needs-assessment-0901-en.pd