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Table 3 Results of Organizational Self-Assessment for EIDM

From: Impact of an organization-wide knowledge translation strategy to support evidence-informed public health decision making

Case Strong (> 4) Weak (< 2.5)
Case A • Staff have incentive to use research in decision making
• Look for research in journals
• Look for research in non-journal reports
• We learn from peers through formal and informal networks to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices
• We have arrangements with external experts who use critical appraisal skills and tools to assess methodology and evidence reliability
• Using research is a priority in our organization
• Our organization has committed resources to ensure research is accessed, adapted, and applied in decision making
• Management has clearly communicated our strategy and priorities so that those creating or monitoring research know what is needed in support of our goals
• Relevant on-staff researchers are made part of decision making discussions
• Our staff have enough time for research
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives, and resources who use research communication skills to present research results concisely and in accessible language
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives and resources who use research communication skills to synthesize in one document all relevant research
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives, and resources who use research communication skills to link research results to key issues facing our decision makers
• We communicate internally in a way that ensures there is information exchanged across the entire organization
Case B • Our staff has the resources to do research
• Look for research in journals
• Look for research in non-journal reports
• Look for research in databases by subscription or internet access
• We learn from peers through formal and informal networks to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices
• Our staff can relate our research to our organization and point out similarities and differences
• Using research is a priority in our organization
• Our organization has committed resources to ensure research is accessed, adapted, and applied in decision making
• Decision makers in our organization give formal consideration to recommendations from staff who have developed or identified high quality research
• Our staff have enough time for research
• We have arrangements with external experts who search for research, monitor research, or do research for us
• Staff in our organization have the critical appraisal skills and tools for evaluating the quality of methodology used in research
• Staff in our organization have the critical appraisal skills to evaluate the reliability of specific research
• We have arrangements with external experts who use critical appraisal skills and tools to assess methodology and evidence reliability
• We have arrangements with external experts to identify the relevant similarities and differences between what we do and what the research says
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives, and resources who use research communication skills to present research results concisely and in accessible language
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives and resources who use research communication skills to synthesize in one document all relevant research
• We have arrangements with external experts who use research communication skills to present research concisely and in accessible language
• We have arrangements with external experts who use research communication skills to synthesize in one document all relevant research
• We have arrangements with external experts who use research communication skills to link research to key issues facing our decision makers
• We have arrangements with external experts who use research communication skills to provide recommended actions to our decision makers
• We have committed resources to ensure research is accessed, adapted, and applied in making decisions
• We communicate internally in a way that ensures there is information exchanged across the entire organization
• Our corporate culture values and rewards flexibility, change, and continuous quality improvement
• When we make major decisions we usually allow enough time to identify researchable questions and create, analyze, and consider research results and other evidence
• Staff and appropriate stakeholders know when and how major decisions will be made
• Staff who have provided evidence and analysis usually participate in decision making discussions
• Relevant on-staff researchers are made part of decision making discussions
• Staff and appropriate stakeholders receive feedback on decisions, with a rationale for the decision
Case C • We learn from peers through formal and informal networks to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices
• Using research is a priority in our organization
• Our corporate culture values and rewards flexibility, change, and continuous quality improvement
• We look for information on websites such as Best Evidence
• Staff in our organization have the critical appraisal skills and tools for evaluating the quality of methodology used in research
• Staff in our organization have the critical appraisal skills to evaluate the reliability of specific research
• We have arrangements with external experts who use critical appraisal skills and tools to assess methodology and evidence reliability
• We have arrangements with external experts to identify the relevant similarities and differences between what we do and what the research says
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives, and resources who use research communication skills to present research results concisely and in accessible language
• Our organization has enough skilled staff with time, incentives and resources who use research communication skills to synthesize in one document all relevant research
• Our organization has enough skills staff with time, incentives, and resources who use research communication skills to link research results to key issues facing our decision makers