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Table 2 Tools to support evidence-informed decision making (EIDM)*

From: Tools to support evidence-informed public health decision making

Step Tool Description Format
1. DEFINE Developing an Efficient Search Strategy → Assists users in turning a practice-based issue into an answerable, searchable question and identifying key terms to facilitate an efficient search [33]. Word document
Developing a Conceptual Model → Guides users through the process of visually depicting the practice-based issue and question [18, 37]. Word document
2. SEARCH 6S Pyramid → Guides users through searching published literature, moving from the most synthesized evidence to single studies [39]. Word document
Resources to Guide & Track Your Search → Enables users to track the results of a search, and includes links to searchable databases [40, 41]. Word document
Keeping Track of Search Results: A Flowchart → Enables users to document the results of a search [42]. PowerPoint document
3. APPRAISE AGREE II Instrument → Guides users through critical appraisal of practice guidelines [4345]. PDF document
AMSTAR Tool → Guides users through critical appraisal of syntheses [4750]. Online, PDF document
Quality Assessment Tool → Guides users through critical appraisal of syntheses [46]. PDF document
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) Tools → Guides users through critical appraisal of multiple study designs (syntheses, intervention studies, cohort studies, case–control studies, diagnostic studies, economic evaluations, clinical prediction rules, qualitative studies) [51]. PDF document
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network → Guides users through critical appraisal of multiple study designs (syntheses, intervention studies, cohort studies, case–control studies, diagnostic studies, and economic evaluations) [52]. Word document
Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies → Guides public health users through critical appraisal of multiple quantitative study designs (intervention studies, case–control studies, cohort studies, interrupted time series) [56]. PDF document
Critical Review Form Qualitative Studies → Guides users through critical appraisal of qualitative studies [57, 58]. PDF document
4. SYNTHESIZE Data Extraction for Systematic Reviews → Provides a table-format template for users to extract relevant information from systematic reviews [18, 59]. Word document
5. ADAPT Applicability & Transferability of Evidence Tool → Guides users through the process and criteria for evaluating the applicability and transferability of the evidence to local contexts [65]. PDF document
Rapid Review Report Structure → Guides users through writing the results of a Rapid Evidence Review [18, 66]. PDF document
6. IMPLEMENT Knowledge Translation Planning Tool → Guides users through planning, implementing, and evaluating plans for knowledge translation [68]. PDF document
7. EVALUATE Managers’ Checklist → Provides users with an outline or checklist of the key elements of the EIDM process [18, 72]. Word document
  1. *For more detail, see Additional file 1.