This presentation was given at the Creating and Sustaining Psychologically
Healthy Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice conference that was held
on June 26-27, 2014.
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Organizations implementing programs to more effectively address psychological
health and safety are aware of the importance of evaluating such initiatives,
but may not have the internal expertise or resources to carry out sophisticated,
research-quality evaluation. In this presentation, I will highlight a pragmatic
framework for planning initiatives, monitoring their implementation and
evaluating key outcomes. The presentation walks participants through the steps
of evaluation: Evaluating and selecting actions, Stating evaluation questions,
Identifying key participants, Specifying short and long-term outcomes, Adopting
practical evaluation methods, Measuring the implementation process and
Monitoring sustainment of change. Dr. Bilsker incorporates experience gained
by his research group in the process of assisting organizations to evaluate
psychosocial risk and implementation of the National Standard for Psychological
Health and Safety. The research group is committed to the principle that
organizations can feasibly use systematic evaluation approaches to improve
programs and thus the psychological health and safety of their workforce.
Following the presentation, participants will:
- Be familiar with a pragmatic framework for evaluating organizational
initiatives for psychological health and safety.
- Know how other organizations have evaluated such initiatives.
- Have tools for pragmatically evaluating psychological health and safety
Dan Bilsker PhD
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health
Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of
Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dan is a psychologist who maintains a Vancouver practice in clinical
psychology, providing work-focused cognitive behavioral treatment and
independent assessment. His academic appointments are Adjunct Professor, Faculty
of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and Clinical Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He is affiliated with the
Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addiction (Simon Fraser
University) where he is co-leads a research team that has developed a measure of
psychosocial risk in the workplace (Guarding Minds@Work) and is currently
evaluating organizations implementing the National Standard of Canada for
Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. He is a partner in the Psych
Health + Safety consulting firm with Dr. Merv Gilbert (www.psychhealthsafety.com).