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Lunch and Learn Webinar – An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Lunch and Learn Webinar:

An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Atlantic

Nova Scotia’s Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Program (EHV) was launched in 2002 as an enhancement to public health’s perinatal programs and services. The long-term results are anticipated to deliver improved physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of Nova Scotia children.

Two qualitative program evaluations (2009 & 2012) found that families in the program achieved positive outcomes. In 2011, there was an interest within the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness to measure the value and impact of the EHV Program. It was determined that an economic analysis would be appropriate to establish the program’s value and measure the potential impact the program has in the province. Given the province’s financial pressures, the positive qualitative reviews of the EHV and the Public Health Healthy Development Standards and Protocols, an evidence-based case for support of the EHV in Nova Scotia was timely.

Through an economic evaluation, the EHV’s value and impact can be quantified. The economic evaluation will help to create an evidence-based case for support of the EHV. The findings will help inform recommendations based on the Benefit-Cost Analysis and the estimated extent to which this program is anticipated to reduce health inequities and improve childhood outcomes in Nova Scotia.

The model indicates this investment conveys significant positive long-term outcomes:

  • Delivers a total of $16 million in benefits while costing $6.3 million to provide the program
  • Resulting in a benefit cost ratio of 6 dollar return for each 1.0 dollar invested (2.6:1)

Register for the webinar below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the presenter: 

Holly is a Senior Economist in the Health Economics unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness. She has been working in the Department for six years and has been responsible for the economic analysis, evaluation and forecasting on a range of key initiatives from public health to workforce planning to pharmacare. Holly holds a BA in Economics from Dalhousie University and a MSc in International Strategy & Economics from the University of St. Andrews.


Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place, and the Environment

Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place, and the Environment

Dr. Robert Bullard
Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

Thursday, October 26, 2017
7 pm-8:30 pm
Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue

Full Day Symposium, with Keynote from Dr. George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, October 27, 2017
9 am – 5 pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, the environment, and health in Indigenous and Black communities look like?

How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, climate change, climate justice, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, community-based aspects of renewable energy, energy policy, the built environment, urban planning, planning policies, transportation, housing, gentrification, and health?

What are the possible public health advocacy responses to existing or proposed industrial projects and other environmental hazards near Indigenous and Black communities?

This free two-part event will bring together American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about some of the most salient issues of our times, and their impacts on our most vulnerable communities who are all too often left out of the conversation.

Free lunch and refreshments on Friday, October 27

Organized by The ENRICH Project and the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

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For more information, please contact: Dr. Ingrid Waldron:

Research Impact Evaluation Forum

Research Impact Evaluation Forum

Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM ADT

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health, the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation arehosting a Research Impact Evaluation Forum on September 30, 2017 in Halifax. This is a free event – lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The forum will be informal, engaging and interactive, using presentations and group discussions. The aim is to:

  • Bring together researchers, evaluators and decision makers to explore the evaluation of research impact.
  • Share the Canadian Academy of Health Science (CAHS) Preferred Impact Framework and the experiences of organizations in Canada implementing the framework.
  • Learn from Dr. Stewart Mercer, University of Glasgow, about their work on research impact
  • Gain an understanding of how knowledge dissemination and exchange is a key activity for research impact evaluation from three Nova Scotia researchers: Dr. Christine Chambers, Dr. Janet Curran, and Dr. Robin Urquhart

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Register here:

Lunch and Learn – The Journey to a CE Application: the REAL Evaluation Fellowship

The Journey to a CE Application: the REAL Evaluation Fellowship

Wednesday, August 23rd

12:00-1:00 (Atlantic)

Join us to learn about the journey of the REAL Evaluation Fellowship Programs’ experience in supporting an applicant for the CES Professional Designation Program (PDP). This program requires participants to complete a detailed application highlighting their knowledge, skills, abilities and experience with evaluation.

The REAL Evaluation Fellowship Program was developed by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) to build evaluation capacity in Nova Scotia. A developmental evaluation approach was used to develop tools and processes to support, guide and assess readiness for the CE application. This session will provide practical tools and tips that others can use to support their development as evaluators.

This presentation will be led by Robert Chatwin, CE and Dorian Watts (REAL Evaluation Fellow at NSHRF).

Please register for the webinar here:

If you would like to attend this event in person at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Office, please register by emailing: