The University Library, University of Saskatchewan, in partnership with SCPOR, is pleased to present Raising the evidence bar: Scientific literature and literature synthesis featuring experts from around the world. Each webinar focuses on best practices in a different area of gathering research evidence. Take advantage of these FREE webinars to hone your skills!

Jan 30, 9 -10 am CST (10 – 11 am EST)
Supporting the use of synthesized research evidence in health policymaking
Dr John Lavis, Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University
Health policy, and health considerations in any government policy, is of vital importance. What are best practices in responding to questions from, and making results relevant to, policy makers? Join this webinar and strengthen your ability to conduct a literature review on health policy issues.

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February 6, 4 – 5 pm CST (9 – 10 am in Melbourne, AU on February 7)
Living systematic reviews
Dr Julian Elliott, Associate Professor, Lead for Evidence Systems at Cochrane, Senior Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia
Living systematic reviews (LSRs) are a new approach to systematic reviews in which evidence is continually updated, incorporating relevant new evidence as it becomes available. It produces evidence that is both trustworthy and current.

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February 13, 9 – 10 am CST (3 – 4 pm in Sheffield, UK)
High jump or decathlon? Working out the appropriate review type for your research project
Dr Andrew Booth, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield
Being clear about the type and scope of the review that best fits your project will save you time and possibly future regret! This webinar will help you focus in on the review type you need to do to best support your research.

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February 20, 9 – 10 am CST (10 – 11 am EST)
Literature searches: Success factors for first time reviewers
Dr Margaret Sampson, Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Getting started on a literature search for comprehensive review can seem daunting. Dr. Sampson gives some important tips for novice reviewers, including:
-looking for previous SRs or registered SR protocols on the same topic
-searching on your own for really truly eligible studies to see if your study parameters are viable, before you lock in the search
-making sure there really are no trials before you open up eligibility to all study designs
-why your librarian might insist on seeing your protocol before designing your final search
-scoping your topic to your resources / scoping your resources to your topic

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February 27, 9 – 10 am CST (10 – 11 am EST)
Health Evidence™ : Helping public health use best evidence in practice
Kristin Read and Heather Husson, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools
We live in a world of ever-expanding information sources and choosing the right one for your needs can be challenging. If you are interested in finding evidence on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions, Kristin Read will show us how the Health Evidence registry can help.

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We will be recording these webinars and putting them on our website for those who cannot attend at the scheduled time.

John N. Lavis, MD PhD, holds the Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems. He is the Director of the McMaster Health Forum, Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Evidence-Informed Policy, Associate Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Member of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health policymaking, both in high-income countries like Canada and in a broad range of countries internationally.

Dr Julian Elliott’s research is focused on the use of emerging technologies to improve health outcomes, particularly for people with HIV and other chronic diseases. He has led the development of Covidence, a non-profit online platform to improve the efficiency and experience of systematic review production. This work is part of an ongoing program to enable high quality, up-to-date health evidence, encapsulated in the living systematic review framework.

Dr. Andrew Booth currently occupies an academic role that combines his interests in the evidence base for information science with supporting the evidence based practice of others, mainly health professionals, through critical appraisal and systematic reviews. At the same time he occupies an executive function within ScHARR as Director of Information. His research interests focuses on all methods of systematic review, evidence synthesis, evidence based practice, and knowledge translation.

Dr. Margaret Sampson is a medical librarian at CHEO, managing the medical, family resource and child and youth libraries. Her specialty is information retrieval for systematic reviews. Her research focuses on improving search quality. She was a lead on the original version of PRESS and the 2015 update with Jessie McGowan.

Kristin Read, Manager, Health Evidence™,  leads the coordination of the Health Evidence™ registry of quality-rated systematic reviews and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ Registry of Methods and Tools, an online collection of evidence-informed methods and tools for knowledge translation in public health. She also helps to coordinate the dissemination activities for both organizations.

Heather Husson is the Administrative Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in helping public health professionals put research evidence into policy and practice.