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Seminar: The Development of an Evidence Synthesis Framework for Injury Prevention Practice with Extensions to Public Health Practice
Thursday, March 26, 2015 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm
Venue: by webinar only
Health Promotion
City: Online
Format: Webinar

This webinar is intended to help public health practitioners apply an evidence-informed decision making process in their prevention work. All areas of public health face similar questions: to make a measurable impact on public health problems, what prevention strategies should we focus on and what should our research priorities be?  The webinar will introduce a framework that outlines how four different types of evidence can be used in a process that directs public health action, the identification of research priorities and that supports the successful implementation and sustainability of our prevention efforts.  The webinar will highlight the similarities and differences of this process with that of other published frameworks, and apply a case example for the framework within an injury prevention context.

Kara DeCorby will facilitate this webinar to introduce a new evidence synthesis framework and manual being released by Parachute - Leaders in Injury Prevention, the Hospital for Sick Children and the Institute for Work and Health, as its developers present an overview of the evidence synthesis framework and its application within an injury prevention NGO.

The use of evidence is key to ensuring that researchers and practitioners are targeting prevalent and emerging public health problems and developing and implementing evidence-based prevention strategies across Canada. Resources and tools to support the application of the best available evidence for decision making will be discussed.


Kara DeCorby is a Senior Product Development Advisor in Health Promotion Capacity Building at Public Health Ontario (PHO). Kara holds an MSc and has several years of experience providing training and consultation support to Canadian public health units.  Kara worked in knowledge translation research for public health for over twelve years before joining PHO. The injury prevention agenda of Parachute and its partners is both a personal and professional interest.

Dr. Sarah A Richmond holds a Clinical Research Fellowship in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Department at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and is a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at York University. Sarah completed a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Calgary, examining sport injury prevention programs, specific to paediatric populations. Sarah's research interests include traffic and sport injury prevention, knowledge synthesis, dissemination and implementation science.

Dr. Andrea Chambers is an evaluation specialist at Public Health Ontario. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Parachute in 2014. Andrea has a PhD in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and was a doctoral trainee with the Institute for Work and Health. She has an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa. Andrea’s research interests span across a number of areas of public health with a focus on implementation science, program evaluation, surveillance, and evidence synthesis.   

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this webinar is to:

• enhance participant skills

• build a common understanding of evidence

• introduce a new evidence framework and manual that will link its users to relevant tools and resources to integrate evidence into prevention planning.


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