Workshop will focus on how to effectively use evidence to inform health system policy
March 2, 2013 - McMaster University students can discover what’s involved in assessing quality in health systems evidence and what an evidence-informed approach to policymaking entails at an interactive workshop on Monday, March 18, organized by the McMaster Health Forum Student Subcommittee.
Strengthening Health Systems in Canada and in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Workshop on Evidence-informed Policymaking, will allow participants to work with a health systems topic of their choosing, to explore how to find the best available research evidence, and learn how decisions are made to improve the performance of health systems.
The workshop will be facilitated by John Lavis, director of the McMaster Health Forum, Kaelan Moat, a PhD candidate in the McMaster health policy program who is lead for Health Systems Evidence, and Jaime Ardila, a student in the Health Policy PhD program who previously trained as a physician in Bogota, Colombia.
The workshop will follow a format similar to training sessions that Lavis offers for government and international agencies, with a focus on Health Systems Evidence, the world’s most comprehensive free access point for evidence to support strengthening or reforming health systems.
Using optimal aging as an example, the facilitators will teach students how to draft an effective 'evidence brief for policy'. Participants will also network with others in the workshop who have a shared interest in policy development, and receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion.
Registration for the workshop will be confirmed by an email to individual participants that will include details about the mandatory viewing of four short training videos prior to the day of the workshop. One video is an introduction to Health Systems Evidence and how to use it, and the other three explain core sets of questions designed to help work through the types of questions that typically arise in policymaking, and to identify when, where, and how to find and use research evidence to answer these questions. Viewing all four videos is a requirement for the workshop, in order to enhance the learning experience. Links to the videos are available on the open search page of the Health Systems Evidence website.
Students will work in groups of two, and are asked to pre-arrange their partners, and include that information in the registration process. However, partners can be arranged on the day of the event for those who sign up on their own.
The workshop is funded in part by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative at McMaster University.