How Do Organizations Support Moving Evidence into Action? An Environmental Scan

This is a guest post submitted by Stephanie Glegg, Knowledge Broker Facilitator, Child Development & Rehabilitation Evidence Centre, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

How Do Organizatiosn Support Moving Evidence into Action? An Environmental Scan

  • How does your organization move evidence into action to improve health care for the children and families you serve?
  • How do you support stakeholder (e.g. family, health professional) engagement in research?
  • What supports are in place to facilitate the conduct of research in clinical sectors?

These are some of the questions being addressed by Sunny Hill Health Centre’s current environmental scan of pediatric health centres and research institutes across Canada.

A National Environmental Scan
We are surveying pediatric academic health science centres/rehabilitation centres/hospitals and their affiliated research institutes across Canada, and we need your input!

Our Aims
Help us describe the landscape of organizational supports for knowledge translation and evidence informed health care in pediatrics in Canada! Tell us:

  • What works
  • What challenges you face in supporting evidence use; and
  • What additional supports would be of benefit

Who Can Participate?
The survey is open to leaders and other individuals at pediatric academic health sciences centres/rehabilitation centres/hospitals and their affiliated research institutes across Canada. In particular, we are seeking:  

  • Directors of clinical services and supports
  • Directors of research services
  • Directors of grant facilitation offices
  • Knowledge translation and/or evidence informed practice unit/team leaders
  • Library managers/directors
  • Education leads
  • Quality improvement leads
  • Directors of professional practice
  • Other leaders or individuals who may have knowledge of the topics under study

Is this you?

Access the environmental scan survey here:

Feel free to forward the link to your contacts across the country. The more responses, the more we will learn about how evidence is moved into action in pediatric health care organizations in Canada.

What Will We Learn?
By describing the range of organizational supports for evidence use that are already in place across Canada, and identifying innovative strategies, we can learn how to better support evidence informed practice and knowledge translation processes, build individual and organizational capacity, and access shared resources. Our team will be sharing our findings with the CAPHC community – watch for a project summary by webinar, blog post and/or other communication channels later this year.

How Long Does it Take?
The survey takes 5-25 minutes to comlete, depending on the extent of your knowledge about various types of supports that may exist at your organization. You may select which sections of the survey to complete. Those organizations with dedicated knowledge translation/evidence informed practice support units or teams will be invited to participate in an additional 15-30 minute telephone interview to discuss the role and characteristics of these teams in more detail.

What About Confidentiality?
As a quality improvement/program evaluation initiative, this project was determined to not require formal ethics approval by the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC/UBC joint Research Ethics Board. Results of the survey will be aggregated where possible, and anonymized in presentations of the work. Note, however, that based on the types of supports available, your anonymized responses may still allow others to identify your organization. By completing the survey, you understand these risks and are implying consent to participate.

Find Out More
Join the conversation, and learn more about our environmental scan at our CAPHC Presents! Webinar on February 14th (11am Eastern):

What have we tried? What works? A Canadian environmental scan of organizational supports for moving evidence into action in pediatrics

or contact the project lead, Stephanie Glegg, at with any questions you have about this initiative.