+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Building capacity for evidence informed decision making in public health: a case study of organizational change



Building capacity for evidence informed decision making in public health: a case study of organizational change



Bmc Public Health 12: 137



Core competencies for public health in Canada require proficiency in evidence informed decision making (EIDM). However, decision makers often lack access to information, many workers lack knowledge and skills to conduct systematic literature reviews, and public health settings typically lack infrastructure to support EIDM activities. This research was conducted to explore and describe critical factors and dynamics in the early implementation of one public health unit's strategic initiative to develop capacity to make EIDM standard practice. This qualitative case study was conducted in one public health unit in Ontario, Canada between 2008 and 2010. In-depth information was gathered from two sets of semi-structured interviews and focus groups (n = 27) with 70 members of the health unit, and through a review of 137 documents. Thematic analysis was used to code the key informant and document data. The critical factors and dynamics for building EIDM capacity at an organizational level included: clear vision and strong leadership, workforce and skills development, ability to access research (library services), fiscal investments, acquisition and development of technological resources, a knowledge management strategy, effective communication, a receptive organizational culture, and a focus on change management. With leadership, planning, commitment and substantial investments, a public health department has made significant progress, within the first two years of a 10-year initiative, towards achieving its goal of becoming an evidence informed decision making organization.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 051876826

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 22348688

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-137


Related references

Cochrane update: building capacity in evidence-informed decision-making to improve public health. Journal of Public Health 35(4): 624-627, 2014

Evidence-Based Decision Making in Public Health: Capacity Building for Public Health Students at King Saud University in Riyadh. Biomed Research International 2015: 576953, 2016

Building the evidence for decision-making: the relationship between local public health capacity and community mortality. American Journal of Public Health 105 Suppl 2: S211-S216, 2015

Building capacity for evidence-informed decision making: an example from South Africa. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice 14(2): 241-258, 2018

Building organizational knowledge and value: informed decision making in Kansas children's community-based mental health services. Community Mental Health Journal 48(1): 1-11, 2012

How the "Understanding Research Evidence" Web-Based Video Series From the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools Contributes to Public Health Capacity to Practice Evidence-Informed Decision Making: Mixed-Methods Evaluation. Journal of Medical Internet Research 19(9): E286, 2018

An organizational intervention to influence evidence-informed decision making in home health nursing. Journal of Nursing Administration 44(7/8): 395-402, 2014

Evidence-informed decision making in a public health setting. Healthcare Management Forum 24(1 Suppl.): S8-16, 2011

Organizational impact of evidence-informed decision making training initiatives: a case study comparison of two approaches. Implementation Science 9: 53, 2014

Tools to support evidence-informed public health decision making. Bmc Public Health 14: 728, 2015

Understanding evidence: a statewide survey to explore evidence-informed public health decision-making in a local government setting. Implementation Science 9: 188, 2015

Understanding the role of communities of practice in evidence-informed decision making in public health. Qualitative Health Research 22(6): 723-739, 2012

Climate change projections and public health systems: Building evidence-informed connections. One Health 2: 152-154, 2017

Enhancing evidence-informed decision making: strategies for engagement between public health faculty and policymakers in Kenya. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice 13(2): 225-253, 2017

Impact of an organization-wide knowledge translation strategy to support evidence-informed public health decision making. Bmc Public Health 18(1): 1412-1412, 2018