The chapter is focused mainly on the intervention research and evaluation of actions aimed at strengthening and supporting health assets as a way of producing healthy communities and individuals. There is a need to re-think traditional assumptions related to evaluating the effectiveness of health interventions aimed at strengthening health assets as opposed to eliminating or curing diseases. Working from a concrete example of a 4-year collaborative project in Canada aimed at developing a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of community interventions to promote health and build community capacity. The chapter introduces a series of profound methodological challenges that this type of evaluation research presents, along with a discussion of the attempt to use a 'realist synthesis' approach to addressing these challenges. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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