International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 429–430 | Cite as

The use of critical incident technique in population health intervention research: lessons learned

  • Achille Dadly Borvil
  • Natalie Kishchuk
  • Louise Potvin
Hints & Kinks

The critical incident technique (CIT) is widely used in qualitative research to reconstruct processes. Since its conception by Flanagan (1954), it has been used in various fields (Butterfield et al. 2005). Recently, Figueiro et al. (2017) introduced a variant, the critical event card (CEC), a tool for analyzing the evolution of complex public health interventions using critical events. We used this tool to reconstruct and analyze deliberative processes involved in the revision of the policy framework of the “Montreal Initiative”, an intersectoral social development intervention. The Initiative was created in 2006 by public and philanthropic financial partners along with an associative partner representing front-line organizations. Its objective was to address poverty and social inequalities in neighborhoods by supporting local consultative structures. In 2011, these partners began deliberating on revised management and evaluation plans. Our research aims to understand how...


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This study is not funded.

Conflict of interest

Author A: Achille Dadly Borvil declares that she has no conflict of interest. Author B: Natalie Kishchuk declares that she has no conflict of interest. Author C: Louise Potvin declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.École de Santé Publique/Université de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.École de Santé Publique/Université de MontréalMontréalCanada

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