Below are various resource links & documents picked by our team of research support coordinators. Click the header of a topic you're interested in to view its full contents.
- CIHR Citizen Engagement in Health Casebook
- CIHR Citizen Engagement Handbook
- CIHR Framework for Citizen Engagement
- Health Canada Policy Toolkit for Public Involvement in Decision Making
- James Lind Alliance Guidebook
This Guidebook provides step-by-step guidance to establishing Priority Setting Partnerships. These bring patients, their carers and clinicians together to identify and prioritize treatment uncertainties for research, using James Lind Alliance (JLA) methods.
Groups & Organizations
- International Association for Public Participation
IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world.
- Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
- IAP2 Spectrum of Participation
- INVOLVE (UK)
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.
- Briefing notes for researchers
- Evidence Library
- Cost Calculator
- Research Project Database
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with the goal to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.
National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, Learning Centre
Free online learning modules, including “Implementing KT Strategies in Public Health” and “Evaluating KT Strategies in Public Health”
Groups & Organizations
Network of 11 Canadian universities, with mission to support knowledge mobilization.
Research Impact blog
- Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice
Network of KTE practitioners and researchers; platform for building capacity, networking, and sharing events.
- National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, Registry of Methods and Tools
Searchable registry of KT methods and tools, specific to public health.
CIHR: A Guide to Knowledge Synthesis
This is an excellent summary created by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research of what evidence (or knowledge) synthesis is, why it’s important, and the various methods that fall under evidence synthesis research. It also has a useful list of additional sources for further reading.
CIHR: Synthesis Resources
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have compiled a comprehensive list of resources and publications relating to various forms of evidence synthesis, ranging from Scoping Reviews, Realist Reviews, and Meta-Narrative Syntheses to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
This resource details the processes for preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews, and is considered the gold standard in evidence synthesis methodology.
Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group Supplemental Handbook Guidance
The Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group has prepared a supplement to be used in conjunction with the Cochrane Handbook for the creation of reviews of qualitative research.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews
This resource, prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, provides guidance on conducting comparative effectiveness reviews and improving their transparency and quality.
Preferred Reporting for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA Statement)
The PRISMA Statement is intended to improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. While it is based on systematic reviews of randomized trials, it can be used for other types of research.
Groups & Organizations
The Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration conducts systematic reviews on health research and health policy topics, with a focus on quantitative research (e.g. randomized-controlled trials).
The Joanna Briggs Institute
The Joanna Briggs Institute conducts systematic reviews on various health topics, using qualitative as well as quantitative research, and with more of a nursing and allied health focus.
The Campbell Collaboration
The Campbell collaboration conducts systematic reviews on education, crime, justice, international development, and social welfare. They also produce methodology resources and training.
Privacy & Ethics
*Presented on November 27, 2015. Click here to view the recording.
The MSSU REB Best Practice Guide supports researchers and the Research Ethics Board review process for research that may involve the use of data not collected primarily for research purposes, data held by the government or a ‘data custodian’, hundreds or thousands of observations in the analysis, historical data on subjects, who may have since died or moved, or a justification for a consent waiver.
- New Brunswick Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act (PHIPAA)
- Nova Scotia Personal Health Information Act (PHIA)
- Prince Edward Island Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIOPOP)*
(* PEI will soon have a new Act - Health Information Act )