We help the public health workforce and policy makers search for, interpret, and apply research evidence to their local context. We began with the launch of the healthevidence.org registry of reviews in March 2005 and in 2007 expanded to include training and consultation services.
We continually evaluate our services in an ongoing program of research on knowledge translation for public health decision making. Click here for more information about our research activities.
Health Evidence™ Projects
- March 2015
- Title: Supporting evidence-informed public health decision making in cancer prevention
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Knowledge to Action Grant
Amount: $200,000 (2 years, March 2015 – February 2017)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., Yost, J., Neudorf, C., Levinson, A. J., Akhtar-Danesh, N.
- October 2014
- Title: Knowledge Brokering Mentor Training Program
Funding: $25,000 from participating Health Departments (Brant County Health Unit, Hamilton Public Health Unit, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Timiskaming Health Unit)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., Ciliska, D., Yost, J.
- Jul 2013
- Title: Virtual Interactive Knowledge Translation: A Pilot Study
Funding Agency: Knowledge Translation Canada (Seed Funding)
Amount: $30,000 (1 year, July 2013 - December 2013)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., DeCorby, K., Husson, H., Traynor, R.
- Feb 2013
- Title: Getting the word out to public health: Sharing the results of the Partnerships for Health Systems Improvement project
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dissemination Grant
Amount: $25,000 (1 year, February 2013 - January 2014)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., DeCorby, K., Traynor, R., Yost, J.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the health departments that participated in the CIHR Partnerships for Health Systems Improvement project that promoted evidence-informed decision making! The intervention has wrapped up and the research team has secured funding to share the findings in a paper series to be submitted for fall 2013. Watch for a webinar in late 2013 where we will report on the findings and discuss next steps.
- Jan 2013
- Title: McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
Funding Agency: Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative
Amount: $332,393 (5 years, January 2013-January 2018)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., Haynes, B., Lavis, J., Levinson, A., Raina, P.
On September 7, 2012, Suzanne Labarge announced a remarkable donation of $10M to McMaster University to support research in optimal aging, with a theme of "Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Resilience." The aim of the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative is to keep older adults healthy and active for as long as possible. Our initial research focus will be on maintaining mobility, slowing chronic disease and fighting deadly infections as well as developing a resource of information for aging Canadians. The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal will provide trusted and evidence-based information relevant to the aging population, and builds on McMaster's excellence in knowledge translation. Health Evidence™ is involved in developing this portal and working on including systematic reviews of effectiveness related to public health and optimal aging. You can read more about the initiative on the McMaster web site.
- Feb 2012
- Title: Tailored messaging and health-evidence.ca: Delivering public health to decision makers.
Funding Agency: CIHR Knowledge Translation Supplement
Amount: $100,000 (1 year, February 1, 2012)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., DeCorby, K., Husson, H., Traynor, R., Yost, J.
A CIHR Knowledge Translation Supplement award meant that we could generate new evidence summaries and share them during 12 free webinars for public health staff! The series of webinars presented review-level evidence on topics including: physical activity, substance use, water fluoridation, bicycle helmets, and literacy. During webinars, the moderator explained the evidence and how it could be interpreted for work in public health, and we also tried to incorporate a few evidence tips and tricks, such as how to read a forest plot and how to interpret confidence intervals. We’ve been fortunate to connect with over 1,400 interested folks across the country and internationally as a result of this funding, and hope to be able to continue to provide free webinars in future. If you missed them you can view and listen to the presentations from our site!
- Apr 2011
- Title: Getting Asthma on the School Health Agenda: A KT Strategy
Funding Agency: AllerGen NCE Inc. Knowledge Translation Support Program ($50,000); Public Health Agency of Canada KT Funds ($20,000); In Kind ($50,000)
Amount: $100,000 (1 year, February 1, 2012)
Investigators: Befus, D., Boulet, L.P., Cicutto, L., Currie, G., DeCorby, K., Dobbins, M., Elliot, S., Johnson, D., Mandhane, P., Noseworthy, M., Scott, S.D., Stewart, M.J., To, T.
We’re involved in this project to provide knowledge translation support, with the ultimate goal of helping to move effective interventions for asthma into Canadian Schools. Health Evidence™ reached out to our networks to invite public health practitioners and stakeholders to participate in AsthmaSphere, a campaign to share evidence and resources, and dialogue on how stakeholders in provincial health and education can adopt a single, school-integrated, collaborative model for children with asthma.
- Mar 2011
- Title: Working together toward evidence-informed public health in Canada: Turning research into action
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $99.946 (1 year, February 1, 2011)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., DeCorby, K., Robeson, P., Traynor, R.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded this project that allowed us to write 11 new summary statements for well-done reviews, identifying key findings and implications for public health. We hosted 6 webinars that reached nearly 300 public health staff across Canada and internationally, on priority topics including: reproductive health, social determinants of health, child and family health, and chronic disease prevention. We’ve been cataloguing, rating, and summarizing reviews and were thrilled to have the chance to connect with decision makers about the results. Well-done reviews were summarized in a two-page evidence summary, and shared with public health staff during the online webinars, view and listen to the presentations from our site!
- Oct 2009
- Title: A Tailored, Collaborative Strategy to Develop Capacity and Facilitate Evidence-informed Public Health Decision Making
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Partnerships for Health System Improvement ($350,000); Ontario Public Health Units ($150,000) (3 years, January 2010 – February 2013)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., Kyle, R., Timmings, C., Ward, M., Cava, M., Clarke, C., Pietrusiak, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Jack, S., Kothari, A., Lemieux- Charles, L., McKibbon, A., Peirson, L., Sibbald, S.
This project allowed us to involve public health staff at three Ontario health departments in the planning of interventions that would help them to promote the use of research evidence in their existing and ongoing work. The funding from both CIHR and health department contributions allowed for the services of a knowledge broker to support the work of health department staff, and aimed to develop in-house capacity for EIDM. Health departments hosted a customized 22-month intervention, working on their own time frames, with all interventions wrapped up by February 2013. The productivity of this project is demonstrated by 27 rapid reviews completed as a result, along with a workshop series for evidence-informed decision making, new policy and procedures, among other projects. To learn more about this project, you can view one of our conference presentations on Slide Share and watch for papers that will be developed and disseminated as part of newly-funded CIHR project listed above (February 2013).
- Aug 2008
- Title: Do Tailored Messages Promote Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Breast Cancer Prevention?
Funding Agency: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Amount: $299,130 (2 years, April 2008 – May 2010)
Investigators: Dobbins, M., Cameron, R., DiCenso A., Bryant-Lukosius D., Ciliska D., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Jack, S., Brouwers, M
Funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation allowed us to summarize what the review-level evidence tells us about what works in risk factor reduction and screening for breast cancer. We engaged experts in developing recommendations for public health and disseminated recommendations via a tailored message campaign over 11 weeks (August 17, 2010 to October 25, 2010), to a total of 196 participants: 113 in the intervention group, representing 27 public health organizations, and 83 in the control group, representing 32 public health organizations. The evidence review was updated in 2011 with recommendations still available on our web site.