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Eval Program Plann. 2014 Aug;45:42-9. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.03.008. Epub 2014 Mar 22.

The role of advocacy coalitions in a project implementation process: the example of the planning phase of the At Home/Chez Soi project dealing with homelessness in Montreal.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, 6875 LaSalle Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4H 1R3. Electronic address: mariejosee.fleury@douglas.mcgill.ca.
2
Douglas Hospital Research Centre, 6875 LaSalle Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4H 1R3. Electronic address: guy.grenier@douglas.mcgill.ca.
3
Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Medicine Laval University, 1050, avenue de la Médecine, Quebec, Quebec, Canada GIV 0A6. Electronic address: catherine.vallee@rea.ulaval.ca.
4
School of Social Work, Sherbrooke University, 2500, Boulevard de l'Université, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada J1K 2R1. Electronic address: Roch.Hurtubise@USherbooke.ca.
5
Centre Dollard-Cormier, University Institute on Dependences, 950 de Louvain, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2M 2E8. Electronic address: paul-andre.levesque.cdc@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

Abstract

This study analyzed the planning process (summer 2008 to fall 2009) of a Montreal project that offers housing and community follow-up to homeless people with mental disorders, with or without substance abuse disorders. With the help of the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), advocacy groups that were able to navigate a complex intervention implementation process were identified. In all, 25 people involved in the Montreal At Home/Chez Soi project were surveyed through interviews (n=18) and a discussion group (n=7). Participant observations and documentation (minutes and correspondence) were also used for the analysis. The start-up phase of the At Home/Chez may be broken down into three separate periods qualified respectively as "honeymoon;" "clash of cultures;" and "acceptance & commitment". In each of the planning phases of the At Home/Chez Soi project in Montreal, at least two advocacy coalitions were in confrontation about their specific belief systems concerning solutions to address the recurring homelessness social problem, while a third, more moderate one contributed in rallying most key actors under specified secondary aspects. The study confirms the importance of policy brokers in achieving compromises acceptable to all advocacy coalitions.

KEYWORDS:

Coalitions; Homelessness; Implementation process; Mental health

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