Our approach to strategy monitoring assesses the contribution of each intervention to overall Strategy goals. This approach, which has been referred to as intervention path contribution analysis, examines an intervention’s progress along evidence-based paths expected to lead to desired Strategy outcomes.
The starting point for this analysis is path logic models, which lay out:
- Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy infrastructure and interventions
- Paths through which the interventions work to achieve short, intermediate, and long-term outcomes. The paths typically include changing knowledge/awareness, social climate, social exposure, and access and availability
Evaluative information about the activities and results of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy (SFOS) are reported in an Annual Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report that:
- Describes Strategy infrastructure and interventions (policies, programs and social marketing)
- Analyzes population-level changes
- Explores the reach and effects of interventions
The Annual Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report is informed by population surveillance of key tobacco control indicators—such as tobacco use, quitting behaviour, exposure to secondhand smoke—obtained from provincial and national surveys including:
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Monitor
- Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey
- Ontario Tobacco Survey
- Youth Smoking Survey
- Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
- Canadian Community Health Survey
Project evaluations, performance data and annual reports from SFO funded organizations are used to document program reach and effectiveness.
Monitoring and Evaluation Projects
Each year, OTRU conducts evaluation research on a select number of topics to inform Ontario’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. Current projects assessing the contributions of individual Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy interventions to the overall Strategy goals include evaluations of initiatives in the goal areas of cessation, prevention and protection.
Tobacco Informatics Monitoring System (TIMS)
TIMS is an innovative web-based application designed to provide easy access to reliable, up-to-date data on key tobacco control indicators including those related to tobacco use, cessation, prevention, protection, public opinion, and tobacco industry denormalization.
More evaluation projects related to the Ontario Strategy are under way:
Modelling Intervention and Strategy Effects
Focus Area: Tobacco Control Indicators, Modelling
This cross cutting project continues to refine the Ontario SimSmoke model in order to improve its validity, accuracy and usefulness as a tool to simulate the effects of tobacco control interventions on initiation, consumption, quitting and possibly on morbidity and mortality in Ontario.
We also apply our evaluation expertise to projects in other jurisdictions.
Learning How Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategies Work in Practice
Focus Area: MPOWER, World Health Organization
We have undertaken an n evaluation of the progress in MPOWER implementation and achievement of declines in tobacco use, and a study of different configurations of MPOWER implementation and other initiatives that are associated with successful outcomes.
Knowledge and Evaluation Support
OTRU responds to the knowledge needs, evaluation and research requests from Ontario’s Public Health Units (PHUs), Tobacco Control Area Networks (TCANs), and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies (TPAs) across the three pillars of tobacco control.