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An Evaluation Framework for Improving Psychological Health in Organizations

June 26, 2014
Recorded in June, 2014

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 initiatives.



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 (


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