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'Mythbusters' knowledge translation tool subject of CHEPA seminar

15 Nov 2012

Despite advances in the science behind knowledge translation (KT) and measures of its effectiveness, important gaps remain in the ability to measure and evaluate the uptake of information as a result of KT efforts and the role they play in evidence-informed decision making.

In a seminar titled Knowledge Uptake Trends: The Case of CFHI’s Mythbusters, Jon Sachs, an evaluation specialist at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement in Ottawa, will present the results of an evaluation of a knowledge translation tool called Mythbusters, a series of knowledge summaries prepared by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) that challenge popular misconceptions about healthcare in Canada.

Sachs will describe how the CFHI research team used a retrospective, mixed-methods design (including web analytics, citation analysis and interviews), to analyze trends in the acquisition and uptake of Mythbusters in research, policy- and decision-making contexts.

The seminar will take place on December 19 in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend. Click here for instructions on how to listen to the presentation through Elluminate. 

Sachs helped lead the transformation of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (formerly the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation) evaluative system to be based on Outcome Mapping methodology. He developed qualitative and quantitative evaluation strategies for various CFHI programs, including the Patient Engagement Program, the CEO Forum, and the Mythbusters publication series. He has also advised external funding recipients (including hospital executives and senior government officials) on how to evaluate large-scale transformation projects.

Sachs has a bachelor of health sciences degree and a master’s degree in health research methodology, both from McMaster University. Focusing on knowledge translation, he participated in research to determine the most effective methods to evaluate healthcare decisions and communicate with stakeholders and policymakers to develop research-policy links, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. His thesis consisted of a mixed-methods evaluation of EVIPNet Malaysia, a program designed to encourage evidence-informed decision-making at the health system level, which included a four-month internship in Kuala Lumpur.

Concurrent to his completing his master’s degree, Sachs also earned a diploma in health services and policy research.

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