Webinaires Webinar - Punctuated Equilibrium Model for Influencing Public Policies: Practical Implications for Public Health

INSPQ (Québec) - This webinar will introduce the punctuated equilibrium model and discuss its utility for public health actors who want to take action on public policies. It will be held on November 20, 2018, 2 pm - 3 pm EST. For more information and registration, see below or click here.

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  • Mathieu Masse Jolicoeur
    Lecturer, Université du Québec à Montréal, École nationale d'administration publique and Research officer at the Direction régionale de santé publique de      Montréal du CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.
  • Jennifer Levy
    Policy Development Officer
    Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health


  • Marianne Jacques, Scientific Advisor, NCCHPP


The punctuated equilibrium model aims to explain why public policies tend to be characterized by long periods of stability punctuated by short periods of radical change. This model can help public health actors understand why governments are sometimes receptive to evidence and discussion leading to significant policy change, whereas at other times, they seem to be less receptive to change and only open to making minor adjustments. This model can also help guide the actions and strategies that public health actors can use to influence public policy. 

During this webinar, Mathieu Masse-Jolicoeur will provide an overview of the punctuated equilibrium model, as well as some insights on how public health actors can use it to analyze situations and identify opportune moments and strategies for acting upon policies.
Jennifer Levy will provide a regional public health perspective, and discuss the relevance of the model in relation to her public policy work at Toronto Public Health.  

Learning objectives

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand public policy development processes;
  • Identify and appreciate the different elements of the punctuated equilibrium model;
  • Mobilize the model to support action around healthy public policies.

Associated reading

An Introduction to Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Understanding Stability and Dramatic Change in Public Policies.