Our approach

The Upstream Lab - Our Approach - May 31 2017

We recognize that the social determinants of health are not only about material needs, but about social justice.

We work closely with frontline health providers, patients, community and social service agencies, charitable organizations and foundations, advocacy organizations and government to develop creative interventions to address social determinants.

We group interventions into those that work at an individual- or family-level, those that work at a neighbourhood- or organizational-level, and those that work at a population-level.

We view these solutions as complex interventions and hence, any evaluation must be iterative, adaptable to new information and use both qualitative and quantitative data. Our methods are informed by clinical epidemiology, developmental evaluation and realist evaluation.


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