skip to main content
logo

McMaster Health Forum | Insights - Evaluate Innovations

 

Our evaluations have led to many insights about supporting evidence-informed decision-making. Here are our ‘top ten’ lessons learned:

  1. be clear about the goal;
  2. learn and use a systematic approach to analyzing priority issues;
  3. look for the right types of research evidence;
  4. look in the right places for research evidence;
  5. package the best available evidence in the right format and on the right timeline;
  6. use research evidence as the jumping-off point for citizen deliberations;
  7. use research evidence and citizen values as the jumping-off point for stakeholder deliberations;
  8. use the resulting story – evidence, values and insights – to drive change;
  9. make it the norm to use these types of inputs to drive change; and
  10. evaluate innovations in points 5-9 and make adjustments as needed.

In regards to lesson 1, here’s our preferred definition: evidence-informed decision-making means using the best available (data and) research evidence – systematically and transparently and in the time available – in each of: 1) prioritizing problems and understanding their causes (agenda setting); 2) deciding which option to pursue (policy or program development); 3) ensuring that the chosen option makes an optimal impact at acceptable cost (policy or program implementation); and 4) monitoring implementation and evaluating impact – alongside the institutional constraints, interest-group pressure, citizen values and other sources of ideas that influence the decision-making process. It’s long, but it covers all the bases.

For lessons 2-5, we’ve provided many key points on this summary sheet. For lesson 5, read more about our rapid syntheses, evidence briefs and citizen briefs. For lessons 6 and 7, read more about our citizen panels and stakeholder dialogues. And for lesson 9, read more about institutionalizing evidence-informed decision-making.

More from the Forum

Achieving the SDGs: SDSN side-events to the 74th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Representatives from the McMaster Health Forum (a partner of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada) and Monash Sustainable Developme... Read More

RISE webinars addressed priority topics for Ontario Health Teams

Over the past month, Rapid-Improvement Support and Exchange (RISE) has hosted a series of lunchtime webinars on topics that are particularly salient f... Read More

New monthly evidence service launched for Social Systems Evidence

Starting this month, registered users of Social Systems Evidence will be able to subscribe to monthly updates via email of new evidence that addresses... Read More

Forum’s Latest Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health and Social Systems

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce three new recipients of our Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in Strengthening Health and Social Systems: C... Read More

2019-2020 Forum Fellows in Strengthening Health and Social Systems

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce that Abeer Ahmad, Chris Choi and Lynaea Filbey have been selected as Forum Fellows in Strengthening H... Read More