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Promoting Evidence-Informed Decision Making Through a Knowledge Broker Mentorship: Evaluation Results

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Promoting Evidence-Informed Decision Making Through a Knowledge Broker Mentorship: Evaluation Results Sue Fernane, RN, BScN Kara DeCorby, MSc Paula Robeson, RN, MScN Adele Lane, RN, BScN Who We Are Peel
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Promoting Evidence-Informed Decision Making Through a Knowledge Broker Mentorship: Evaluation Results Sue Fernane, RN, BScN Kara DeCorby, MSc Paula Robeson, RN, MScN Adele Lane, RN, BScN Who We Are Peel Located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) west of Toronto, ON Governed by regional council that acts as board of health Total population: 1,159,405 over 1254 square km of urban and rural communities Diverse population: Total immigrant population of 561,240 (48%) Source: Region of Peel Planning Who We Are Health Evidence Launched McMaster University Access to pre-appraised evidence & capacity development support for EIDM Serves 4,700+ registered users KB Office (Ottawa) Peel Public Health Unit (Brampton) McMaster University (Hamilton) Knowledge Broker Project Goals To facilitate the development of individual and team capacity for evidence-informed public health decision making (EIDM) at Peel Public Health, Communicable Diseases Division To contribute to Peel s strategic initiative to foster EIDM throughout the organization Short and Long-Term Goals SHORT TERM develop capacity to search for and critically appraise evidence affect a shift toward an EIDM approach identify and in some instances, address barriers enable staff to be more developed as internal brokers empower staff to be more confident LONG TERM develop capacity to embed EIDM in practice across an organization encourage teams to act out the process entirely identify and address barriers to EIDM allow staff to function fully as internal brokers foster greater comfort and confidence in knowledge and skill to do EIDM and train others Goals of the Evaluation Descriptive account of how a broker provided support to health unit staff Perceptions of staff and the broker regarding the process Challenges, barriers, and facilitators to process with respect to EIDM The Project Through site visits, telephone and Development of questions, literature search and appraisal Awareness of resources Development of tools Sharing through conferences Small group work with other staff Mentoring Dyads Dyads involved Communicable Sexual Health Disease Manager, Communicable Disease Program Research & Policy Analyst Knowledge Broker Manager, Healthy Sexuality Program Research & Policy Analyst Mentorship Project Timeline Add the slide here with the timelines July 2008 proposal submission Oct SV#1 Jan 6-8 SV#3 Feb 2-4 SV#4 Apr 8 SV#6 Jul 20-3 SV#8 Nov 1-3 SV#10 June 2008 early discussions Oct 6 initial meeting Nov SV#2 Dec 2008 project extended Jan 20 t/c AMoH Mar 2-6 SV#5 Jun 25 SV#7 May 2009 project extended Sep 8-10 SV#9 Project evaluation Evaluation Methods Interviews were recorded with notes kept Documentation and audio files were used in analysis to generate common themes and gather any inconsistencies Report reviewed by those interviewed Facilitators of EIDM Clear and strong organizational mandate for EIDM, with resources (financial and human) allocated to achieve that mandate Presence of strong leadership Structured process or framework with supporting resources Facilitators of Brokering Work Personal attributes and professional qualities of the broker Predictable, monthly interactions External and internal supports Challenges to EIDM & Brokering Time Communication Uncertainty Access Findings Related to Impact A new philosophy Becoming more critical consumers Giving structure to the process Resources and tools Practice, practice, practice Qualities of a broker Qualities of a Broker knowledgeable non-judgemental start where individuals are at professional acknowledge existing expertise practical not too academic approachable available easy to talk to and work with clear & easy to understand Recommendations Acknowledge EIDM is challenging & takes time! Involve staff in: planning of the work strategic planning Set goals jointly and establish a timeline Provide support for 1-2 years Tailor the support Recommendations Mid-cycle assessment Specific activities (conferences, speakers, workshops) Progressively more active role for staff Ongoing staff support Brokering support on retainer Keys to Success Facilitate a transition to being critical consumers Give structure to the EIDM process, with resources and tools Interact in a way that promotes a positive and trusting relationship to engage staff in EIDM Provide opportunities to practice and apply skills and knowledge Thank you! For more information, contact Sue Fernane Kara DeCorby Paula Robeson Adele Lane
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