This framework presents a structured way to review all the possibilities for understanding and acting on a complex problem. The questions are:
- “What do we know about the problem?
- What can different interest groups and academic disciplines contribute to addressing this problem?
- What areas are contentious?
- What are the big-picture issues? In other words, what are the political, social, and cultural aspects of the problem?
- Why is this problem on the agenda now?
- What support and resources are likely to be available for tackling the problem?
- What parts of the problem are already well covered and where are the areas of greatest need?
- Where can the most strategic interventions be made?
The first four questions help identify the dimensions of the problem, while the last four help set priorities.”
Reference: Bammer, G. (2013). Scoping public health problems. In Guest, C., Ricciardi, W., Kawachi, I., and Lang, I. (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice, 3rd edition. Oxford University Press: Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 2-10.
Posted: December 2015
Last modified: October 2016