McMaster Health Forum to host five-day workshop on finding and using research evidence: June 15-19

Registration is now open for a five-day training workshop that supports policymakers, stakeholders and researchers in learning how to find and use research evidence in their work to reform, renew or strengthen health systems, and to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

The summer session of the ‘Finding and Using Research Evidence to Inform Decision-making in Health Systems and Organizations’ workshop will be held from June 15-19 at McMaster University. Registration is open until May 31. The training workshop is designed for those who wish to master the skills needed to find the most reliable research evidence and to use it to inform and influence decisions about how the various parts of a health system function.

The workshop will require participants to complete the online course before travelling to McMaster for five days of interactive workshops led by Forum Director John Lavis, who has conducted nearly 100 training workshops in more than 30 countries with health system policymakers, stakeholders and researchers, on a variety of topics. Lavis will be assisted by Kaelan Moat, Scientific Lead of Health Systems Evidence and Learning for the Forum, and Michael Wilson, Assistant Director of the Forum.

The cost of the workshop is $2,480 CAD (not including personal travel and accommodation expenses), which includes the online course.

The finding and using research course was launched by the Forum early in 2014, and approximately 500 participants from a range of health system policy and stakeholder organizations (in addition to trainees interested in careers in health policy) have already completed the online course.

The June workshop is now open for registration by individuals who wish to take it on their own. The Forum is also interested in working with organizations whose staff could benefit from the online course alone, or in combination with the week-long training workshop. The Health System Learning program currently includes two courses:

  1. Finding and Using Research Evidence to Inform Decision-making in Health Systems and Organizations, and
  2. Setting Agendas and Developing and Implementing Policies

All Health Systems Learning courses are available in multiple formats, which can be customized to suit your individual and organizational needs. Popular formats include the online course, alone or in combination with a customized in-person workshop, and Forum-hosted training workshops like the one planned for June. For more information, please visit our Learn How page or contact us at