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A review of the successes, challenges and impacts of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Atlantic Regional Office’s strategic use of the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) and the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) to develop and deliver comprehensive and culturally appropriate prevention, early intervention, and prenatal nutrition programs to pregnant women, children (0-6 years) and their families in Atlantic Canada.
This report synthesizes the results from the CAPC and CPNP project evaluation reports submitted to PHAC Atlantic in 2005. It specifically looks at how creating supportive environments and providing opportunities for participation and involvement enhances capacity-building at the individual, project and community levels.
Qualitative data from a selection of 30 reports were broken into meaningful pieces related to emerging themes and categories (thematically analyzed), first separately from each report (case analysis) and then across reports (cross-case analysis). Findings from a qualitative analysis of the system level data and the results of a Program Participant Survey (PPS) were also reviewed for relevant capacity-building information and, where appropriate, integrated in this report.
The findings reveal that CAPC and CPNP projects in Atlantic Canada have worked to build capacities by:
The authors conclude that CAPC and CPNP in Atlantic Canada have created a model that encompasses capacity building and community development in the implementation of their projects. CAPC and CPNP programs in Atlantic Canada are contributing to the core element of capacity building and associated sub-elements, as well as addressing and impacting the determinants of health. The participatory and flexible approach used by CAPC and CPNP will continue to enhance projects’ capacity to be responsive to emerging public health issues and needs.
CAPC and CPNP: Sowing the Seeds for Enhanced Capacity in Atlantic Canada was produced by Research Power Inc. for the Atlantic Regional Office of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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