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Facilitating evidence-informed public health through knowledge brokering: A Canadian journey

Workshop   05.12.2011






Dr Maureen Dobbins, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University

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ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum


ESRC Genomics Policy and Research ForumThe University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science St John's Land Holyrood Road Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

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The purpose of this workshop is to provide training in knowledge brokering from first-hand experience. Evidence-informed decision making is necessary for the provision of effective health care services. Through one-to-one interaction with health departments we have determined that we must target knowledge translation strategies at the whole organization and individuals simultaneously.

This interactive workshop is comprised of didactic large group presentations with participant involvement in discussion encouraged, as well as small group work in which participants will reflect on and discuss the knowledge broker role at it is evolving in public health settings in Canada, and consider if and how this role is applicable in other settings.

The components of our knowledge broker strategy, as currently being implemented in a three year study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will be presented. Strategies being implemented by the knowledge broker in each step of the evidence-informed decision making process will be presented and discussed. Key milestones within the process of evidence-informed decision making (i.e. relationship building, organizational and individual assessment, goal setting, developing a plan, working phase, evaluation, and sustainability) will also be identified and strategies for achieving them suggested.

As a result of our interactive work with health departments several tools that assist organizations and individuals to practice in an evidence-informed way have been developed. We will discuss these tools and make them available during the workshop. Finally, strategies for evaluating knowledge brokering will be identified and discussed.

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