Approaching Municipalities to Share Knowledge: Advice From Municipal Civil Servants to Public Health Actors
What is an effective way to share public health knowledge with the municipal sector? In this document, we present the views expressed by civil servants in Canadian municipalities.
When public health actors wish to share knowledge in order to influence municipal policies that have an impact on health, they may wonder how to do this. Here are several questions that they might ask:
- If I wish to share knowledge with a municipality, whom should I approach?
- What action is the municipality already taking in my field of work?
- How should I initiate contact?
- What types of knowledge do municipal civil servants find useful?
- How does one foster positive interactions?
- What time frame should be expected?
- Why formalize a collaboration with a municipality and what form should this take?
We conducted interviews with civil servants in Canadian municipalities. In this document, we present their views on these questions and their advice for public health actors wishing to approach municipalities.
This document is part of a series of documents focused on knowledge sharing in the context of public policy development. To read more about the series of documents, click here.
To learn more, visit the website of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy - NCCHPP (http://www.ncchpp.ca/en/)