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Table 2 Methods

From: To what extent can the activities of the South Australian Health in All Policies initiative be linked to population health outcomes using a program theory-based evaluation?

Method Description
Collaborative development of program logic model (PLM) PLM developed with policy actors and sets out the theory behind HiAP and mechanisms – ‘the underlying entities, processes or structures’ that contribute to outcomes. The critical realist PLM provided a frame for the evaluation by mapping context, details of the HiAP mechanisms and the anticipated outputs and outcomes.
Semi-structured interviews with policy actors Between January 2013 and June 2016 144 semi-structured interviews were undertaken. 53 of the interviews were with staff from the SA Health Department, 51 involved staff from other sectors of the SA State Government, 31 involved staff from local government, five involved academics who had knowledge and experience of the HiAP initiative and four involved politicians or political staff. Interviews related to specific projects (n = 39) and the overall HiAP initiative (n = 105).
Electronic survey of public servants An online survey of public servants was conducted in 2013 and repeated in 2015. Individual public servants in the HiAP policy network were identified with the assistance of HiAP staff and comprised public servants who had had contact with HiAP since 2007. In 2013 and 2015, the policy network involved 435 and 483 public servants respectively (for further details see [22]).
Analysis of state government policy documents Ongoing during research period to track changes in state priorities.
  1. Abbreviations: HiAP Health in All Policies, PLM Program Logic Model, SA South Australia