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We’re pleased to make available Update 2023 as well as the Evidence Commission report and executive summary. The infographics from Update 2023 and the report are also available for download (in PowerPoint format) in the tables below.

Contents from Update 2023

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0.0 Introduction PPT
0.1 Respond to decision-makers’ questions with the right mix of forms of evidence (and match the forms of domestic evidence to the right step in the decision-making process) PPT
0.2 Respond to decision-makers’ questions with the right mix of forms of evidence (versus select forms of evidence that get a lot of attention now) and combine domestic evidence (what has been learned in our country) and global evidence (what has been learned from around the world, including how it varies by groups and contexts) PPT
0.3 Another way of approaching the use of evidence: Embed evidence in cycles of rapid learning and improvement PPT
0.4 Use best evidence (vs other things that get a lot of attention now), and the specific example of expert panels PPT
1.0  Conducting a rapid evidence-support system assessment (RESSA) starts with a solid understanding of what a domestic evidence-support system is, and how it differs from research and innovation systems PPT
1.1 The potential features of an evidence-support system that we’re looking for and what we’re hearing PPT
2.0 Improving coordination among evidence producers (both global and domestic) is an important place to start PPT
2.1 One possible model for improving coordination: Start by better connecting global and domestic PPT
2.2 One possible model for improving coordination: Use funding as a lever for change (better address domestic evidence needs with money saved from research waste) PPT
3.0 Context for and challenges with putting evidence at the centre for everyday life PPT
3.1 These are early days in understanding ‘what works’ in putting evidence at the centre for everyday life PPT
Evidence Commission recommendations grouped into the three implementation priorities PPT

Watch our playlist – videos from our commissioners and colleagues addressing each of our implementation priorities

Contents from the report

The 2022 Evidence Commission report (including executive summary, separate chapters and sections) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Copyright © 2022 McMaster University. All rights reserved. No part of this report may be adapted in any way without the priori written permission of the publisher. 

1.0 Introduction PDF | PPT
1.1 Desirable attributes of commissions PDF | PPT
1.2 Commissioners PDF | PPT
1.3 Commissioner terms of reference PDF | PPT
1.4 How the commission builds on and complements past work PDF | PPT
1.5 Connection to COVID-END PDF | PPT
1.6 Timeline of key developments in using evidence to address societal challenges PDF | PPT
1.7 Equity considerations PDF | PPT
1.8 What success looks like PDF | PPT
1.9 References PDF
2.1 Ways of looking at challenges PDF | PPT
2.2 Example of a transition in how a societal challenge is seen PDF | PPT
2.3 Ways of addressing challenges PDF | PPT
2.4 Examples of approaches to prioritizing challenges to address PDF | PPT
2.5 Global-commission reports by challenge type PDF | PPT
2.6 References PDF
3.1 Steps in deciding whether and how to take action PDF | PPT
3.2 Four types of decision-maker and how each may approach decisions  PDF | PPT
3.3 Government policymakers and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.4 Organizational leaders and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.5 Professionals and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.6 Citizens and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.7 Ways that evidence can be used in decision-making PDF | PPT
3.8 Global-commission reports by decision-maker type PDF | PPT
3.9 References PDF
4.1 Forms in which evidence is typically encountered in decision-making  PDF | PPT
4.2 Definitions of forms in which evidence is typically encountered  PDF | PPT
4.3 Matching decision-related questions to forms of evidence PDF | PPT
4.4 Interplay of local and global evidence PDF | PPT
4.5 Distinguishing high from low quality evidence PDF | PPT
4.6 Coverage, quality and recency of evidence syntheses PDF | PPT
4.7 Living evidence products PDF | PPT
4.8  Best evidence vs other things (and how to get the most of other things) PDF | PPT
4.9 Contexts that shape how evidence is viewed PDF | PPT
4.10 Indigenous rights and ways of knowing PDF | PPT
4.11 Misinformation and infodemics PDF | PPT
4.12 Weaknesses in a health-research system PDF | PPT
4.13 Weaknesses in many COVID-19 evidence-support systems PDF | PPT
4.14 Features of an ideal national evidence infrastructure PDF | PPT
4.15 Global-commission reports by form of evidence PDF | PPT
4.16 Annex to section 4.5 PDF
4.17 References PDF
5.1 Types of evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.2 Characteristics of evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.3 Strategies used by evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.4 Conditions that can help and hinder evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.5 UN-system entities’ use of evidence synthesis in their work PDF | PPT
5.6 References PDF
6.1 Global public goods needed to support evidence use PDF | PPT
6.2 Equitably distributed capacities needed to support evidence use PDF PPT
6.3 References PDF
7.1 Insights from an analysis of global-commission recommendations PDF | PPT
7.2 Evidence Commission recommendations PDF | PPT
7.3 Annex to section 7.1 PDF
7.4 References PDF
8.1 Methods used to inform commissioner deliberations and recommendations PDF | PPT
8.2 Commissioner biographies PDF
8.3 Secretariat PDF | PPT
8.4 Funders PDF | PPT
8.5 Commissioner and secretariat affiliations and interests PDF
8.6 Advisors and other acknowledgements PDF | PPT
8.7 Timeline PDF | PPT
8.8 Annex to appendix 8.1 PDF
8.9 Annex to appendix 8.5 PDF
8.10 References PDF

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