Using the CPU model to evaluate and validate a portrait of the evolution of a school’s social accountability mandate



État de publication: publié

Type de présentation: Conférence

Nom de la rencontre: Towards Unity for Health

Lieu: Vancouver


Résumé: Background: Medical schools are grappling with the actualization of their Social Accountability (SA) mandate, and are called upon to align education, research, and service delivery with the priority health needs of the populations they serve. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke has implemented actions rooted in a desire to be socially accountable. However, since the concept of SA remains ill-defined, our purpose with this study was to document and evaluate the evolution of SA at the Faculty and its medical program in recent years. Methods: Using a mixed-methods approach, we completed a document analysis based on five strategic plans (2005-2023) and two accreditation visits (2011, 2019). These were analyzed according to Boelen's Conceptualization/Production/Usability (CPU) model. The resulting portrait and timeline of the evolution of SA was validated through individual and group interviews with key informant experts from the three training sites of the medical program, also analyzed with the CPU model. Results: The study highlighted the increasing emergence of SA in strategic planning. Areas of strength were school values and institutional objectives, and medical program reform. More challenging areas were identifying population needs, partnering for health management, and evaluating impacts. Conclusion: Applying the CPU model to analyze the evolution of SA at a medical school leads to a more explicit understanding of its strengths and areas for continuous quality improvement. Allocating resources for the dimension of usability and evaluating impacts will inform new orientations to meet population health needs.