Svoronos & Mate (2011) in Bull. WHO 2011, 89, 831-837

Reviewed by Bruno Marchal

While the authors present a good summary of why context matters and of attempts to develop better research and evaluation methods to take into account context, they do not deliver. Instead of doing what they say in the title, they present the ‘driver diagram’ – or a simplified schematic representation of the pathway between activities and outcomes – as a tool to identify context factors that play a role in implementation. In essence, this is just a simple version of the programme theory, and not really a new tool.


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