The Forum seeks to be a leading hub for improving health outcomes through collective problem-solving. We help policymakers and other types of decision-makers — international agency staff, civil servants, representatives of professional associations and provider groups, and civil society leaders — work through pressing health challenges using research evidence to spark insights that generate action.
McMaster has an international reputation for innovation in evidence-based medicine and problem-based learning. The Forum extends this reputation into evidence-informed health systems and collective problem-solving. The University is home to internationally recognized experts in health policy and systems research, research synthesis, deliberative dialogues and knowledge translation. The Forum draws on this critical mass of expertise. We harness the best available evidence, convene stakeholders and prepare action-oriented leaders to meet pressing health challenges creatively. Among our core programs that are valuable resources for policymakers and other types of decision-makers are:
Rapid responses can be requested to provide a summary of the based available research evidence about problems, options and/or implementation considerations related to a specific health system challenge.
Health Systems Evidence is a self-serve resource that can help policymakers and other decision-makers to rapidly identify research evidence related to their work.
Stakeholder dialogues bring together policymakers, leaders, citizens and researchers for off-the-record deliberations about pressing health challenges.
Citizen panels engage groups of 10 to 14 people in off-the-record discussions about their views and experiences related to health challenges.
To promote continuing discussion and action, all materials produced by the Forum to support dialogues, citizen panels and knowledge translation are freely available on our website. Visit our Products page to access these materials.
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