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Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET) Implementation Study

The Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET) was released to the health care system in 2015 through a publication in Health Expectations. Since its release, over 650 individuals worldwide have downloaded the PPEET.


In order to refine the tool and to ensure it works in a variety of health care settings, an implementation study was completed. Seven health system organizations from across Ontario, Canada participated in the study, implementing the PPEET and providing feedback on its usefulness from the perspective of those implementing and those completing the tool.


As a result of the implementation study, revisions were made to the PPEET. The revised version of the PPEET was released in Summer 2018.


The revised PPEET includes:

  • a revised participant tool which now includes two modules: one to assess one-time activities and one to assess on-going activities;
  • a revised project tool that has been split into three modules to assess the engagement activity at 3 separate time points; and,
  • a revised organization tool.


Additional guidance material has also been added to the PPEET to assist those implementing the tool.


The revised version of the PPEET is currently available in English, only. Plans are underway to translate the tool into French.

This study and the PPEET revisions that have resulted from it were supported by funding from the Government of Ontario through a Health System Research Fund (HSRF) grant and the Ontario SPOR Support Unit, which is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Government of Ontario.

The following organizations provided in-kind contributions to the implementation study:


  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Health Quality Ontario
  • McMaster University
  • NorWest Community Health Centres
  • Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
  • University Health Network
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