Economic Evaluation Alongside Population Health Intervention Research: An Example of Bicycle Infrastructure Investment in Three Canadian Cities

Date: 
Jan 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Presenter: 
Meghan Winters & David Whitehurst
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‘Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities’ (IBIMS) is a natural experiment study that examines the impacts of the City of Victoria’s investment in a bicycle network on active travel and safety outcomes. One of the study’s objectives is to assess health-related economic benefits. Economic evaluation/analysis is becoming a staple component of applied health research, including Population Health Intervention Research (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/38731.html), and is increasingly requested in the context of transportation-related interventions. In this talk, Drs. Winters (study PI) and Whitehurst (study health economist) will present findings from the IBIMS economic analysis, which used the World Health Organization’s Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT Version 4.1) to quantify the economic value of the health benefits that result from the reduction of mortality associated with bicycling. Presenters will discuss different perspectives on the value of economic analysis in applied intersectoral contexts, and across research and practice.