English version of the Evidence Commission report

We’re pleased to make available the Evidence Commission report and executive summary. Additional report materials (by chapter and section) are outlined in the table below.

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A print version of the report can be purchased on Amazon, through the platforms accessible from your country (such as Amazon.comAmazon.com.ukAmazon.ca, etc.).

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If you have any questions about these materials, please email the Evidence Commission secretariat at evidencecommission@mcmaster.ca) citing the section, your name and affiliation and your comments.


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