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PolÉthicas Case Study Bank

Call for Proposals


The PolÉthicas case study bank is a joint initiative of the Strategic Groupings on Public Policy and Population Health and Ethics and Integrity of the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN). It aims to capitalize on the expertise of each grouping, to combine and to enhance the knowledge and practices developed so far in public policy and ethics analysis. The case study examines multiple problems in different contexts and the ethical issues that may affect public health policies. Thus, this call for proposals aims to support the case study bank PolÉthicas, currently in development.

Public policies structure and guide action in various sectors of society. They are a key element in improving the health of populations. The adoption of “Healthy Public Policies” by governments or Public Policies Favorable to Health (PPFH) have for decades been a central focus of health promotion strategies. These policies target the determinants of health other than the health care system and health services.

Political science offers tools to better understand policy-making: what problems do the elected officials draw attention to? What roles do experts play when formulating solutions? How are health and well-being perceived by actors in sectors other than health? What does the analysis of implementation tell us? Why isn’t there more emphasis on evaluation to improve public policy? A better understanding of how public policy is realized is an important asset for public health actors.

Public health ethics (PHE), an interdisciplinary field developed over the past two decades in response to increasingly complex ethical issues (individual and collective rights, resource allocation), focuses on moral issues using concepts of ethical and political philosophy to solve population health problems. It is imperative for the validity of public policies to understand how ethical concepts relate to practice.

Objectives of the case study bank PolÉthicas 

  1. Foster a better understanding of public policy-making and the decision-making process;
  2. Promote understanding of ethical issues and challenges in public health policies;
  3. Provide a pedagogical and research tool for students, researchers and decision-makers, as well as managers and public health professionals.

Target Audience

This case bank aims to reach all those interested in public policies and their ethical issues. Cases will be available online. Students, researchers from academia and practice, public health managers and professionals are invited to submit cases.

Submitting a case: Guidelines for Authors

Eligibility criteria

  • This contest is open to all researchers who are regular researcher members and student members of the QPHRN. The lead author must be a regular researcher member of the QPHRN or a student member of the QPHRN.
  • The terms « public policy » are used in their broadest sense, encompassing laws, regulations, strategies, and plans such as formal political statements. Programs can also be considered to the extent that their analysis is part of a public policy directly related to population health.
  • Authors must ensure that they do not have a conflict of publication rights since cases will be published online in the case study bank PolÉthicas and made accessible to the public.
  • The same publication cannot be funded more than once by the RRSPQ and / or one of its strategic groupings or training programs.
  • A same researcher can apply and/or appear as a co-researcher in several applications to the current competitions of the QPHRN and/or its strategic groupings. Yet, in order to provide all Network members with a fair access to this financial support, a same researcher cannot be funded more than once per year in these competitions. If any author appears in multiple applications, priority may be given to the application that gets the highest evaluation score.
  • A same QPHRN student member can apply to various annual competitions launched by the QPHRN and its SG but he/she cannot be awarded more than $5,000 per year.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a peer review panel of members of the QPHRN.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the theme addressing ethics and public policies that are favorable to health;
  • Originality and quality of the data available for the case;
  • Links to the objectives of the case study bank;
  • Interest for the users of the case study bank.

Submission of Applications

Applications may be submitted in English or in French. They must be submitted as an attached file (Microsoft Word) by e-mail with the subject heading "Contest – Case Study Bank", deadline: February 15, 2019, 4 pm EST at the following address:

Content of applications

Only complete files will be retained for evaluation, consisting of 3 pages of content and a fact sheet to be completed online. In addition, the lead author of the application must attach an abbreviated CV (3 pages). Long CVs will not be accepted.

Page 1

  • The name, affiliation and complete coordinates (address, telephone number, email) of the proposal’s principal applicant
  • The name and affiliation of the coauthors
  • The title of the case
  • The amount requested, up to a maximum of $ 4,000. The amount awarded will depend on the state of progress of the work, including the collection of data.
  • A justification of the budget. Please note that a ¼ of the amount granted will be paid upon final submission of the case.

 Page 2

  • The relevance of the theme addressed in the case study in regards to public policies favorable to population health and ethics (max 150 words)
  • The link with the objectives of the case bank and the target audience (max 100 words)
  • Origin of the data, its originality and its quality (max 100 words)
  • The progress status of the case study (max 150 words)
  • Suggestion of 2 readers for final acceptance

Page 3

  • Summary of the case (max 350 words)
    Your summary must not contain any figures, tables or references.

Case Study Fact Sheet

To submit your application, you must complete a fact sheet for your case study ONLINE

Full version of the case for dissemination

The content of the case should be in accordance with the drafting outline (download below). 

Drafting outine
Cases can be written in French or in English.

Cases should be submitted as a Word document in Letter format (8.5 x 11), Times New Roman font, size 12, line spacing 1½. They must be between 2500 and 5000 words long (5-10 pages), excluding references.

References must use the author-date system, in which the resources are cited in the text in parentheses, indicating the name of the author and the year of publication. References are listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order and APA style 6th edition. This section is titled "References".

Prior to publication, the case will be submitted to a reading committee for final acceptance. Corrections could be requested from the author.

Recipients' commitments

  • The laureates agree to publish the title and a summary of their publication (in French and English) on the RRSPQ's website, as soon as they are announced.
  • Funded authors will explicitly mention the Network financial contribution in the publication. The following acknowledgment is suggested: "The authors thank the Strategic groupings Public Policy and Population Health, as well as Ethics of the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN) for its contribution to the financing of this publication".


For further information, please contact Geneviève Malboeuf: 

Contest deadline (extension)
Available funds

12 000$


The amount of each individual award is up to $ 4000 max


Online application form

Drafting outline

For references, see the following case studies

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