Evidence-informed Practice


HC Link Resources


HC Link New Digest PLUS - March 9, 2016 - a round-up of resources related to Evidence Sources.



Canadian Best Practices Portal – a powerful tool to improve practice

HC Link | 2011

This webinar provided an overview and tips for using the Canadian Best Pracitices Portal.



Other Resources & Documents



Health Evidence™ Quality Assessment Tool

Health Evidence | 2016

The quality appraisal tool can be used to appraise systematic reviews of public health interventions. Specifically, the tool would be useful for program managers who use research evidence to make decisions about program development or program de-implementation. The tool can also be used as a teaching tool for critical appraisal.






Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention 

Run by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Portal provides a compilation of multiple sources on public health topics, chronic diseases, policy issues and interventions/practices. The Interventions Section has a searchable list of health promotion interventions that have been evaluated and have the potential to be adapted and used. See new ways of looking at ‘best practice’ with the Aboriginal Ways Tried & True framework and using a Health Equity lens.


National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

NCCMT is a federally supported public health centre providing leadership and expertise in evidence-informed practice. It offers high quality, up-to-date methods and tools via its online registry of methods and tools, learning centre, and videos on evidence-informed public health.


Health Evidence

Health Evidence’s registry contains quality-rated systematic reviews, evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions, supporting quick identification of the best available evidence, as well as research-practice tools.


Public Health Ontario (PHO)

PHO has extensive resources for public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers, ranging from data reports, tools such as the Online Health Program Planner, hot topics, reports, learning in online courses and seminars, their virtual library, and consultation services. Find health promotion resources such as evidence briefs, capacity-building services, and policy and research on topics such as child and youth health, health equity and program planning and evaluation.


The Community Guide Systematic Reviews

The Community Guide website lists interventions to promote physical activities which have been systematically reviewed by the Community Guide Task Force. A summary of findings are noted for each intervention reviewed.


Statistics Canada

Canada's national statistical agency offers economic, social and census data with hundreds of free electronic publications on a variety of subjects.


Ontario Public Health Libraries Association (OPHLA)

The OPHLA’s website offers research tools and finding aids, such as:


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Library

CAMH Library offers services and collections in mental health and addictions. Of interest are the research and subject guides, such as finding Canadian research or housing and homeless guides, and helpful resources of guidelines, databases, apps, reports, etc. relating to mental health and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.


Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)

EENet is a knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and addictions stakeholders from across Ontario to share in research and practice evidence, knowledge translation products and tools (like Evidence in Action and Promising Practices), events, interactive web-based exchanges, and shared stories and perspectives in their blog.


Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) Navigator

The NRC’s Navigator is a searchable online database and links to resources that support program and policy development in the area of healthy eating and nutrition. It helps health professionals and community partners find examples of evidence-informed programs and policies that guide that work.


Leisure Information Network (LIN) Recreation Database

The LIN is home to the National Recreation Database, a collection of policies, reports, manuals, master plans and other recreation sector information.