An Intersectionality-Based Policy Analysis Framework: Critical Reflections on a Methodology for Advancing Equity

  • Olena HankivskyEmail author
  • Daniel Grace
  • Gemma Hunting
  • Melissa Giesbrecht
  • Alycia Fridkin
  • Sarah Rudrum
  • Olivier Ferlatte
  • Natalie Clark
Part of the The Politics of Intersectionality book series (POLI)


In the field of health, numerous frameworks have emerged that advance understandings of the differential impacts of health policies to produce inclusive and socially just health outcomes. This chapter presents the development of an important contribution to these efforts—an Intersectionality-Based Policy Analysis (IBPA) Framework that provides guidance and direction for researchers, civil society, public health professionals and policy actors seeking to address the challenges of health inequities across diverse populations. Importantly, this chapter presents the application of the IBPA Framework in seven priority health-related policy case studies. The aim of this chapter is to inspire a range of policy actors to recognize the potential of IBPA to foreground the complex contexts of health and social problems, and ultimately to transform how policy analysis is undertaken.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olena Hankivsky
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Grace
    • 2
  • Gemma Hunting
    • 3
  • Melissa Giesbrecht
    • 4
  • Alycia Fridkin
    • 5
  • Sarah Rudrum
    • 6
  • Olivier Ferlatte
    • 7
  • Natalie Clark
    • 8
  1. 1.School of Public Policy, Institute for Intersectionality Research and PolicySimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada
  2. 2.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Institute for Intersectionality Research and PolicySimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada
  4. 4.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  5. 5.Provincial Health Services AuthorityVancouverCanada
  6. 6.Acadia UniversityWolfvilleCanada
  7. 7.British Columbia Centre on Substance UseVancouverCanada
  8. 8.Faculty of Education and Social WorkThompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada

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