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National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

August 2016 · Issue 190

In this issue:

Institutions providing public health knowledge translation services in Canada

Results of a pilot survey

Earlier this year, we conducted a pilot survey asking public health professionals across Canada to help us compile a list of services they call on to support evidence-informed decision making.

Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

In total, 299 individuals answered the pilot survey questions. The answers provided us with a list of institutions in Canada that assist public health decision makers (from front-line level to senior management) in using research evidence to inform practice and policy decisions. 

Based on the overall and region-specific analysis of the responses we developed a comprehensive list of institutions that provide various services aiming to support evidence-informed public health. 

In the next round of the study, we will ask a broader group of public health decision makers across Canada to share their experience using the services provided by these institutions.

We wish to thank those who participated in this pilot survey. Four respondents from across Canada (representing east, west, central and Ontario/Quebec regions) were randomly selected to receive $50 gift cards as tokens of our appreciation and have been notified by email.

How you can participate in this project:

At the subsequent phase we will invite public health decision makers in Canada to comment on their experience with the identified services, which will help us learn more about the accessibility, usefulness, conceptual overlap and potential redundancy of services to support evidence-informed decision making in Canada.

Please watch for an open invitation to participate in phase two of this project, to be released this fall.

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Recruiting! Knowledge Broker Mentoring Program: 2nd cohort

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) has developed and successfully piloted a 16-month mentorship program to provide public health professionals with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to act as knowledge brokers within their Health Department and advance the uptake and use of research evidence in public health practice.

Participating health departments have gained internal knowledge broker expertise to independently work through the evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) process and address ongoing high-priority practice-based questions, supporting organizational change, and transforming evidence use in public health decision making.

The NCCMT is now recruiting Ontario Health Departments for participation in the 2nd cohort of this program. This program consists of two phases:

  1. assess and assist each health department in developing organizational capacity for EIDM; and
  2. build the individual capacity of selected staff to function as “internal” knowledge brokers or mentors in EIDM practice.

Organizational assessments will be conducted in fall 2016. Mentorship participants will begin their training in January 2017, continuing to April 2018. 

If your organization is interested in learning more about the Knowledge Broker Mentoring Program, please contact us at nccmt@mcmaster.ca. 

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Upcoming webinars from NCCMT

Spotlight on Methods and Tools webinars:

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

September 12, 2016
– 2:30pm (EST)

Join us to learn about the Portal and how it can help you understand and use evidence-based information! 

To register, click here: http://ow.ly/u2kr302SFr5  


Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies 

October 18, 2016
1:00pm – 2:30pm (EST)

Interested in a standardized process to appraise and synthesize research evidence?

Are you engaged in utilizing sources of high quality literature to support your decision-making process? Are you interested in learning about critical appraisal of intervention studies? Join us for a webinar to learn how the Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies can help you. 

To register, click here: http://ow.ly/UPdG3036wdI

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New resource from the Canadian Institute of Gender and Health

Online Training Modules now available! 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health has designed three interactive online modules that will help researchers, reviewers and writers discover best practices for integrating sex- and gender-based analysis across health research disciplines.

Online modules:

  • Sex and Gender in Biomedical Research
  • Sex and Gender in Primary Data Collection with Humans
  • Sex and Gender in the Analysis of Data from Human Participants

Take these learning modules to learn how to: 

  • distinguish between and define sex and gender in health research; 
  • identify sex and gender differences in the mechanism, disease or treatment under study; 
  • identify methods for integrating sex and gender variables in health research contexts; and 
  • assess a research protocol or publication based on the integration or omission of sex and/or gender.

Each interactive module takes less than an hour to complete, and can be done in 15-minute segments over time. When you are finished, download the CIHR certificate for your records.

Visit CIHR at http://www.cihr-irsc-igh-isfh.ca/ to learn more about integrating sex and gender into health research.

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