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Healthy Cities Phase V evaluation: further synthesizing realism.

de Leeuw, Evelyne; Green, Geoff; Tsouros, Agis; Dyakova, Mariana; Farrington, Jill; Faskunger, Johan; Grant, Marcus; Ison, Erica; Jackisch, Josephine and Lafond, Leah Janss, et al. (2015) In Health Promotion International 30. p.118-125
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In this article we reflect on the quality of a realist synthesis paradigm applied to the evaluation of Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. The programmatic application of this approach has led to very high response rates and a wealth of important data. All articles in this Supplement report that cities in the network move from small-scale, time-limited projects predominantly focused on health lifestyles to the significant inclusion of policies and programmes on systems and values for good health governance. The evaluation team felt that, due to time and resource limitations, it was unable to fully exploit the potential of realist synthesis. In particular, the synthetic integration of different strategic foci of Phase V... (More)
In this article we reflect on the quality of a realist synthesis paradigm applied to the evaluation of Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. The programmatic application of this approach has led to very high response rates and a wealth of important data. All articles in this Supplement report that cities in the network move from small-scale, time-limited projects predominantly focused on health lifestyles to the significant inclusion of policies and programmes on systems and values for good health governance. The evaluation team felt that, due to time and resource limitations, it was unable to fully exploit the potential of realist synthesis. In particular, the synthetic integration of different strategic foci of Phase V designation areas did not come to full fruition. We recommend better and more sustained integration of realist synthesis in the practice of Healthy Cities in future Phases. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In this article we reflect on the quality of a realist synthesis paradigm applied to the evaluation of Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. The programmatic application of this approach has led to very high response rates and a wealth of important data. All articles in this Supplement report that cities in the network move from small-scale, time-limited projects predominantly focused on health lifestyles to the significant inclusion of policies and programmes on systems and values for good health governance. The evaluation team felt that, due to time and resource limitations, it was unable to fully exploit the potential of realist synthesis. In particular, the synthetic integration of different strategic foci of Phase V designation areas did not come to full fruition. We recommend better and more sustained integration of realist synthesis in the practice of Healthy Cities in future Phases.},
  author       = {de Leeuw, Evelyne and Green, Geoff and Tsouros, Agis and Dyakova, Mariana and Farrington, Jill and Faskunger, Johan and Grant, Marcus and Ison, Erica and Jackisch, Josephine and Lafond, Leah Janss and Lease, Helen and Mackiewicz, Karolina and Östergren, Per-Olof and Palmer, Nicola and Ritsatakis, Anna and Simos, Jean and Spanswick, Lucy and Webster, Premila and Zamaro, Gianna and Crown, June and Kickbusch, Ilona and Rasmussen, Niels and Scally, Gabriel and Biddle, Marian and Earl, Suzanne and Petersen, Connie and Devlin, Joan},
  issn         = {1460-2245},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {118--125},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Health Promotion International},
  title        = {Healthy Cities Phase V evaluation: further synthesizing realism.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dav047},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2015},
}