Informed Decisions Toolbox: Tools for Knowledge Transfer and Performance Improvement

Rundall, T., Martelli, P., Arroyo, L., McCurdy, R., Graetz, I., Neuwirth, E., et al. (2007). The informed decisions toolbox: Tools for knowledge transfer and performance improvement. Journal of Healthcare Management, 52 (5), 325-342.

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This toolbox guides policy-makers and health care managers through the process of evidence-informed decision making. The tool also includes four leadership-driven strategies to successfully implement evidence-informed decision making:

  1. Recognize and respond to the growing demand for accountability as a strategic issue.
  2. Establish organizational structures and processes for knowledge transfer.
  3. Build a “questioning” organizational structure.
  4. Build organizational research capabilities.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The toolkit guides users through six steps:

  1. Frame the management question.
  2. Find reliable sources of information.
  3. Assess the accuracy of the information.
  4. Assess the applicability of the information.
  5. Assess the actionability of the evidence.
  6. Determine if the information is adequate.

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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