Making Connections: Linking Theory and Practice within the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

The Atlantic Children's Evaluation Sub-committee (ACES) Working Group, made up of children's program project staff and federal and provincial government representatives, worked together to develop a theoretical framework for the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) and the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP). Through a literature review and consultations, the group identified three core elements or assumptions about how these programs work to produce positive change:

  • Supportive environments. Environments where people feel valued, respected and safe can contribute to learning, empowerment and mutual benefit.

  • Participation and involvement. People develop or enhance their confidence to participate, become involved and contribute in whatever ways that are comfortable and of mutual benefit.

  • Capacity building. People's capacities for learning, mutual support, and action can be further developed and enhanced in supportive environments where there are opportunities for growth and meaningful participation and involvement. When people develop and enhance their capacities, they can feel empowered to take action as individuals. This, in turn, can set the stage for people with common interests to take action within communities and systems.

Making Connections is a collection of direct quotes from evaluation reports prepared by CPNP projects in Atlantic Canada over two evaluation periods. The quotes, which are organized according to these three core elements, help to illustrate some of the results of CPNP projects. The report presents the voices of CPNP participants, staff and community partners who participated in the evaluations. It tells some of their stories from their perspective, using their own words. The report concludes that the three core elements are valid and appropriate for CPNP projects in the Atlantic region.

Credits

Making Connections: Linking Theory and Practice within the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program was produced by Michelle Rivard for the Atlantic Regional Office of the Population and Public Health Branch, Health Canada.

Availability

This report is available for download in English and French.  For the English version, please click Making Connections: Linking Theory and Practice within the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program.  For the French version, please click Faire des Liens.