Evidence-Informed Decision Making Checklist

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Health EvidenceTM (2011, March 16). Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Checklist. Hamilton, ON: Health EvidenceTM. Available from: http://healthevidence.org/practice-tools.aspx#PT1.


This tool guides users through the seven-step process of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) in public health. Links are provided to relevant resources that can help in the process. The tool also allows users to share key documents produced at each step with others in the organization for future reference and evaluation.

Health EvidenceTM created the Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Checklist. It guides users through the seven-step process of EIDM in public health:

  1. Define
  2. Search
  3. Appraise
  4. Synthesize
  5. Adapt
  6. Implement
  7. Evaluate

To learn more about the process, see NCCMT’s online learning module Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making and the NCCMT webcast series on evidence-informed public health.

In addition to providing an outline of the seven-step process, the tool also provides links to resources that can help at different stages of the decision making process. For example, at the search stage, another tool created by Health EvidenceTM, Keeping Track of Search Results: A Flowchart, can be used to document the search for relevant evidence.

As decisions are made at each step of the process, the tool allows links to key documents to be recorded to allow others, in the future, to see how decisions were made. Recording how decisions were reached will assist when evaluating the process to inform future decision making. For more information, see the Health EvidenceTM tool Improving Future Decisions: Optimizing the Decision Process from Lessons Learned.

Users can access this tool, along with other resources such as checklists and flowcharts to support the use of research, from Health EvidenceTM.

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The Evidence-Informed Decision Making Checklist consists of the following sections:

  • Define question
    • Was a clear answerable search question developed?
  • Search for relevant evidence
    • Was a comprehensive search strategy employed to find the best available evidence to address this question?
  • Appraise
    • Was quality assessment conducted on relevant evidence?
  • Synthesize
    • What were the results of the review of evidence?
  • Adapt
  • Implement
  • Evaluate

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All individuals involved in decision making would contribute to completing this tool.

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Health Evidence
Website: www.healthevidence.org

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Heather Husson
Health Evidence
175 Longwood Road S, Suite 210a
Hamilton ON L8P 0A1
Email: hhusson@healthevidence.org

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

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