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Overview of the Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool

In 2011, the PPE Research-Practice Collaborative was formed with the aim of developing a common evaluation tool that could be used in a variety of health system organizations across Canada, and would collectively contribute to improvements in the quality of PPE practice across the country.

The result of this work is the Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET). The tool is structured around four core principles that capture the key elements of quality PPE: i) integrity of design and process; ii) influence and impact; iii) participatory culture; and, iv) collaboration and common purpose. These principles provide the foundation for the evaluation framework and tool, which carefully map each principle onto outcome measures, indicators and sample questions.

The PPEET is comprised of three questionnaires, each aimed at different end users: i) those who participate in PPE activities; ii) those who plan and execute PPE activities within organizations; and, iii) those who create the vision and build capacity for PPE within their organization.

Since that time, an implementation study has been completed to understand how the PPEET can be used across the health system, and if there is need to adapt the tool to serve different contexts, mandates and populations served by health system organizations. Seven Ontario health system organizations participated in the implementation study and evaluated all three of the questionnaires. More information about the study is available here. As a result of this work, the PPEET has been revised. Version 2.0 of the PPEET was released in August 2018 and is available for download through the link below. The revised PPEET is currently available in English. There are plans to make it available in French in the near future. If you are interested in the French version, please e-mail us.

The PPEET Project was the winner of the 2014 IAP2 Canadian Research Project of the Year award.

[For more information about the project and the Project of the Year award, please watch this video] Video

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