Kaelan manages the development and implementation of the Forum’s programs. He also leads the maintenance and ongoing content development of Health Systems Evidence (www.healthsystemsevidence.org), the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for high-quality evidence about how to strengthen or reform health systems. In addition, he helped in the development and now leads Health Systems Learning (www.healthsystemslearning.org), an online learning resource for health system policymakers and stakeholders who are committed to making evidence-informed decisions.
His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health system policymaking, with a particular focus on both the evaluation of innovative mechanisms designed to increase the likelihood that research will be used to inform policy decisions, and on better understanding the influence that political factors have on these mechanisms and their use. He has also been involved in delivering workshops both internationally and in Canada to policymakers and stakeholders in order to support their efforts in finding and using research. He holds a B.H.Sc. from Western University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (U.K.), and a PhD from McMaster University.