Monday, December 1, 2014

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

I would like to draw your attention to the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools website ( it is one of several Canadian centers involved in sharing what works in public health. It is based on using evidence to inform the practice of public health and the website provides many tools to assist a healthcare practitioner in doing so. According to their website, their goals are:

·         To develop the organizational capacity and individual skills of those involved in public health to share what works in public health.

·         To identify, develop and evaluate relevant methods and tools for knowledge translation; and to make those methods and tools accessible to people involved in practice, program decision-making, policy-making and research.

·         To identify gaps in methods and tools for sharing what works in public health and to encourage researchers and others to fill these gaps.

·         To build active and sustainable networks that enable practitioners, program decision-makers, knowledge experts, policy-makers and researchers to share what works in public health; and to strengthen partnerships and links with other NCCs and their target audiences.

As you visit each web page on the site, you will find links to a registry of methods and tools used for knowledge translation (that is, from finding evidence, to using it on behalf of a patient). At present there are 188 links on the registry, and it provides a wealth of resources for your use. 
Even better is the page on the Learning Centre ( On this page you will find links to many free online educational modules. For example, one module is “Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making,” another is “Quantitative Research designs,” and so on. These are not little module; most will take at least 3 hours to complete, and some will take longer, but they are great training programs.

As we return from Thanksgiving break, this would be a good way to have a refresher about evidence-based practice. I strongly recommend you bookmark this site.

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