Learn How | Virtual Masterclass on EP2

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit and McMaster Health Forum are offering a virtual Masterclass on Evidence Products and Processes (EP2) that Support Rapid Learning and Improvement. The masterclass is designed to assist teams to develop innovative evidence products and use innovative processes to drive changes in a health system.

Participating teams will need to identify three to five individuals, consisting of one to two researchers, one to two citizen (or patient) partners, and one decision-maker partner (ideally, but not mandatory). We particularly welcome teams that strive for gender diversity and that include racialized and Indigenous individuals. By the start of the first session teams will need to have provisionally identified a real-world health-system challenge or goal that you want to collectively address and that you will work together to address through the masterclass.

All sessions will be conducted online using MS Teams. We will be hosting four offerings of the virtual masterclass, with each offering 12 weeks in length:

  • 14 April 2022 to 30 June 2022, sessions held every Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • 29 September 2022 to 15 December 2022, sessions held every Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • 12 April 2023 to 27 June 2023, sessions held every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • 28 September 2023 to 13 December 2023, sessions held every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Applications for the first two offerings are now closed. The application window for the additional offerings will open three months before each offering, but we encourage you to hold the dates if you are very interested in a particular offering.

Outline of the virtual masterclass

Each of the 12 weeks will include a one-hour instructional session with the members of each team connecting outside of the instructional sessions to complete specific tasks. For a breakdown of what will be covered, see our detailed curriculum.

Connecting to the virtual masterclass

All sessions of the virtual masterclass will be conducted ‘live’ on the internet using the MS Teams platform. Participants need to ensure they have a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Participant commitment

24 to 30 hours

  • 12 hours (1 hour per week) for virtual instruction
  • 12 to 18 additional hours to complete tasks independently

Each participant must attend a minimum of 10 instructional sessions in order to be eligible for a completion certificate.

If participants are unable to attend any of the sessions, each session will be recorded and posted for participants to view, however, these instances will not count toward a completion certificate.

Team application

Applications for the first two offerings of the virtual applications are now closed. The application window for the third offering (12 April 2023 to 27 June 2023) will open on Monday 5 December 2022 and will close on Friday 24 March 2023 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern).

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