The Cochrane Policy Liaison Office (CPLO) is a sub-structure of the Canadian Cochrane Centre and works to increase the use of Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews among health system managers and policy-makers.
Activities of the CPLO include developing policy resources and tools (e.g. Health Systems Evidence database), promoting the use of evidence in policy decision-making (e.g. conference presentations), providing education and training activities aimed towards policy-makers and creating linkages with relevant organizations. Increasing the use of evidence among health system managers and policy-makers can improve the health system so that more cost-effective programs, services and drugs can be available to Canadians who need them.
The CPLO is located at McMaster University and is hosted within the McMaster Health Forum and the McMaster Program in Policy Decision Making. Visit mcmasterhealthforum.org to learn more about the Cochrane Policy Liaison Office.
Health Systems Evidence
Health Systems Evidence is a valuable resource for policy-makers, stakeholders and researchers seeking to address today’s most pressing health challenges. It provides answers on questions about how to strengthen or reform health systems, or how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.
Evidence Informed Healthcare Renewal Portal
The McMaster Health Forum and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research have recently launched the Evidence Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Portal, which is a continuously updated repository of policy-relevant documents that can support transformation and innovation in healthcare renewal.
The 24 types of documents included address priority areas identified by Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments. The portal provides a single point of access to the ever-growing body of evidence related directly and indirectly to healthcare renewal.
Electronic databases containing synthesized and appraised research evidence:
- Campbell Collaboration
- Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
- NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Research organizations and researchers studying knowledge transfer and exchange in policy decision-making environments:
- CHSRF/CIHR Chair on Dissemination and Uptake of Research, Université Laval
- Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy
- Health Systems Evidence, McMaster University
Organizations and researchers working to facilitate knowledge transfer and uptake in health services and policy decision-making environments:
- Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
- European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies