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Evidence-Informed Decision Making: Guide to Learning and Training Opportunities

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in collaboration with a number of partner organizations, has developed a comprehensive guide of training and learning opportunities related to evidence-informed decision-making in public health.

In-person Workshops

Health-evidence.ca

Evidence-Informed Practice Workshops

Workshops are to build individual and organizational capacity; topics include: EIDM 101 (process overview, the value of EIDM, becoming critical consumers of research evidence); critical appraisal; strategies for efficient searching evidence; using systematic reviews to guide decision making; resources, tools and knowledge management for EIDMhttp://www.health-evidence.ca/account/contactus

Price: Various
Audience: Public Health and Health Care Practitioners
Format: Interactive, Presentations, Small/ Large Group Activities, Customizable
Length: 1-2 days (series of or various stand-alone practical workshops)
Available in French: No

Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Nursing

Evidence-Informed Decision Making Workshop

To get experience applying core concepts by working through planning process; critical appraisal http://ccebn.mcmaster.ca

Price: $1500 per person
Audience: Public Health and Health Care Practitioners
Format: Interactive, Presentations, Small Groups
Length: 5 days
Available in French: No

National Collaborating Centre for Methods & Tools

Evidence-Informed Public Health Workshops

Practical workshop on the overall process; application of evidence; critical appraisal http://www.nccmt.ca/events/nccmt_workshops-eng.html

Price: Various
Audience: Public Health Practitioners including Program Managers/ Directors/ Staff
Format: Interactive, Presentations, Small/ Large Group Activities, Customizable
Length: 0.5-1 day to 5 days
Available in French: No

Towards Evidence Informed Practice

Master-Trainer Workshops for Evidence-Informed Decision Making

Intro to Program Assessment, Program Evidence & Program Evaluation; focus on pre-appraised sources of research evidence; addresses organizational capacity-building http://teip.hhrc.net/workshops/index.cfm

Price: Various
Audience: Public Health Practitioners, Community Health Partners/Organizations
Format: Interactive, Presentations, Small/ Large Group Activities, Customizable
Length: Organizations can select 1, 2, or all three one-day workshops
Available in French: No

Canadian Best Practices Portal

“Train the Trainer” Workshops

Series of training sessions to increase awareness of the Portal as a credible access point for effective interventions for chronic disease prevention and healthcare promotion http://cbpp-pcpe.phac-aspc.gc.ca/

Price: Various
Audience: Public Health intermediary organizations and PHAC Regional KDE Analysts
Format: Interactive, Presentations, Small/ Large Group Activities
Length: 1 day
Available in French: No

Online Learning Modules

Towards Evidence Informed Practice

Three Online Learning Modules build skills to apply:

  • Program Assessment
    http://teip.hhrc.net/tools/learning/module_1/index.html
  • Program Evidence
    http://teip.hhrc.net/tools/learning/module_2/index.html
  • Program Evaluation
    http://teip.hhrc.net/tools/learning/module_3/index.html

Price: Free
Audience: Public Health Practitioners, Program Managers, Community Health Partners/organizations, students
Format: Interactive, Webinars, Audio-visual tutorials
Length: 3.5-4 hrs. each module
Available in French: Yes

Canadian Institutes for Health Research

  • Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making
    Built on a scenario allowing for learner to apply and understand each stage of the EIDM process http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/39128.html#Guide
  • Critical Appraisal of Intervention Studies
    Allows the learner to apply each criterion for critical appraisal of an intervention study http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/39128.html#Guide

Price: Free
Audience: General
Format: Interactive, Webinars
Length: 5 hrs. each module
Available in French: Yes

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion / The Health Communication Unit

  1. Orientation to the Online Health Program Planner
    Allows users to work on one or more steps in a 6-step planning model. The OHPP is based on an EIDM process http://www.thcu.ca/ohpp
  2. Introduction to Planning Health Promotion Programs
    Training on this topic in a variety of formats, including the 6-step planning model, steps include project management, situational assessment, setting objectives, choosing strategies, among others http://www.thcu.ca/videos/webcasts.htm

Price: Free (working on Ontario-focused projects; services)
Audience: Public Health Practitioners
Format: Interactive, Webinars, Audio-Visual Tutorials, Teleconference supported
Length: 1.5 hr. webinars or individual training sessions for (i) and Half-day to two full-day sessions for (ii)
Available in French: Yes

National Collaborating Centre for Methods & Tools

Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making

Its purpose is to demonstrate the components of EIDM in public health and practice finding and applying the best available research evidence to a real world scenario http://learning.nccmt.ca/en/

Price: Free
Audience: General
Format: Interactive, Webinars
Length: 3.5-5 hrs.
Available in French: Yes

Skills Enhancements for Public Health

  1. Evidence-Based Public Health Practice
    Rationale for evidence-based public health, critiques of evidence, steps of EBP http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sehs-acss/index-eng.php
  2. Planning for Public Health
    Outlines how to gather data from various sources, set priorities, and develop a plan of action http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sehs-acss/index-eng.php
  3. Introduction to Literature Searching
    Options to search for and retrieve public health related data, online support services http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sehs-acss/index-eng.php

Price: Free (must register)
Audience: Front Line Public Health Practitioners
Format: Interactive, Teleconference Supported, Facilitated Group Course for (i) and (ii) and Interactive, Audio-Visual Tutorials for (iii)
Length: 8 weeks (25-35 hrs. in total) for (i) and (ii) and 3 weeks (10-12 hrs. in total for (iii)
Available in French: Yes (iii); Yes in May 2011 (i, ii)

BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority “Moving Research to Practice” Program

Takes a current research topic and explains it in non-technical language http://www.phsa.ca/HealthProfessionals/Moving-Research-to-Practice/default.htm

Price: Free
Audience: Health Care policy-makers and practitioners
Format: Interactive, Webinars, Audio-Visual Tutorials
Length: 3 online modules
Available in French: No

Evidence Based Behavioral Practice

http://www.ebbp.org/training.html

  1. EBBP Process Module
    Aims to enhance the skills of behavioral interventionists to find, appraise, and apply evidence to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations
  2. Search the Evidence Module
    Introduces available on-line evidence resources and allows behavioral and social science professionals to develop skills to more effectively search for evidence
  3. Systematic Review Module
    Evidence-users will learn to appraise the quality of systematic reviews, and evidence-creators will learn the basic steps in conducting a systematic review
  4. Critical Appraisal Module
    Evidence-users will learn to appraise the quality of controlled trials (both randomized and non-randomized), time series research designs, and systematic reviews (including meta-analysis)
  5. Randomized Controlled Trials Module
    Introduces Randomized Control Trials (RCT) and provides the learner with information about how to design and conduct them

Price: $35 for (i), (iv), (v) and $25 for (ii), (iii)
Audience: Graduate students, researchers, practitioners in the fields of psychology, medicine, nursing, public health, social work and information sciences
Format: Interactive, Webinars, Audio-Visual Tutorials
Length: 2 contact hrs. for (i), (iv), (v), 1 contact hrs. for (ii), (iii)
Available in French: No