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Finding and Using Research Evidence to Inform Decision-making in Health Systems and Organizations

The course objectives are:

  1. to develop your knowledge about tools and resources available to help health system policymakers and stakeholders in order to support their use of research evidence;
  2. to examine the attitudes that are supportive of using research evidence in health system decision-making; and
  3. to enhance your skills in acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying research evidence.

Online only

  • Participants are granted access to the online Health Systems Learning course of their choice for 30 days. Access to the course will be provided within 5 business days, following confirmation of payment.

    Those in the ‘to learn’ stream will focus primarily on learning by engaging with a subset of the course material. The online course is available in English and in French. Please email hslearn@mcmaster.ca after registering if you'd like to be enrolled in the French course.

  • Participants are granted access to the online Health Systems Learning course of their choice for 30 days. Access to the course will be provided within 5 business days, following confirmation of payment.

    Those in the ‘to work’ stream will engage with the full range of course material to meet the course objectives, but also to better understand the attitudes supportive of using research evidence in health system decision-making, and to enhance their skills in acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying research evidence. The online course is available in English and in French. Please email hslearn@mcmaster.ca after registering if you'd like to be enrolled in the French course.

Online and in-class workshops

  • This format is suitable for organizations interested in offering in–person workshops for their constituents and sponsoring a group of 10 to 40 individuals. The online course is typically a pre-requisite for the in-person interactive workshop. Participants are granted advanced access to the online Health Systems Learning course of their choice for up to 30 days, and then enrolled in an in-person interactive workshop with one of the McMaster Health Forum’s expert staff to further support individuals in working through the material provided in the online course. Workshops can be scheduled for 1-1.5 hours, a half day, one day or two days or five days.

    Prices vary depending on several factors inherent in the customization process with online/in-person combination cohorts, such as the length of the workshop, the number of participants, the number of facilitators required,  and location and travel expenses.

    The date and venue of the workshop will be selected based on the organization’s needs and the course instructors’ availability. Please contact us at hslearn@mcmaster.ca to discuss your interest.

    In-person workshops can be conducted in English or French.
     

  • For interested individual policymakers, stakeholders and researchers, the McMaster Health Forum is offering regular in-person training workshops twice per year, in April and in October. Each workshop consists of a combination of online instruction and five days of in-person workshop in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dates for the upcoming workshops are:

    Spring: April 24-28, 2017 (registration open until April 7, 2017)

    Workshop participants will:

    • develop their knowledge about tools and resources available to help health system policymakers and stakeholders in order to support their use of research evidence;
    • examine the attitudes that are supportive of using research evidence in health system decision-making;
    • develop and practice their skills in acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying research evidence;
    • receive ongoing feedback from Forum faculty throughout the week, as well as opportunities to book one-on-one mentoring sessions; and
    • prepare a high-quality summary of the available research evidence on a topic they are actively working on in their own organizations.

    "Any advice to my boss will [now] be evidence based…” - testimonial from a policymaker who attended an international workshop delivered to staff from a Ministry of Health in the Middle-East.

    Training workshops are open for individual registrations on a first-come basis. The fee is $2480 ($530 for the online component plus $1,950 for the 5-day session – all prices shown are in Canadian dollars).

    For registrations after April 7, please contact mhf@mcmaster.ca

  • Customized group training workshops are available for health system policymakers, stakeholders, researchers, students, journalists and citizens at large. These sessions can be tailored to your group’s needs through consultation with staff at the McMaster Health Forum, and can include components of the online course and in-person workshop, as well as other components to supplement these formats (e.g., group webinars).

    For more information about scheduling and pricing such workshops please contact us at hslearn@mcmaster.ca

  • For interested individual policymakers, stakeholders and researchers, the McMaster Health Forum is offering regular in-person training workshops. Each workshop consists of a combination of online instruction and a one-day in-person workshop in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dates for the upcoming workshops are:  

    September 15, 2016 (registration open until September 1, 2016)

    Workshop participants will:

    • develop their knowledge about tools and resources available to help health system policymakers and stakeholders in order to support their use of research evidence;
    • examine the attitudes that are supportive of using research evidence in health system decision-making;
    • discuss the work they completed as part of the online component and work through any specific challenges faced; and
    • begin to develop their skills in acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying research evidence.

    “I now have [awareness of] great new resources that I did not know existed” - policymaker who attended a workshop delivered to staff at the Manitoba Ministry of Health, Healthy Living and Seniors in collaboration with Research Manitoba.

    Training workshops are open for individual registrations on a first-come basis. The fee is $1118 ($530 for the online component plus $588 for the one-day session - all prices shown are in Canadian dollars).

    For more information, please contact mhf@mcmaster.ca

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