The Better Practices Model
In December 2004 the CSHR team hosted an interactive one-day workshop on the application of the Better Practices Model. Participants attended from across the country. The primary focus of the day was on applying the model to research projects. The objectives were to introduce and advance understanding of the model, learn from the experience of groups who have used the model for synthesis and research applications, provide an opportunity to problem solve, consider ways the model can be used to advance health research in Atlantic Canada, and identify training needs for use of the model (i.e. tools, analytical methods, consensus building, and library assistance).
Workshop presenters included Dr. Steve Manske (University of Waterloo), Dr. Lorraine Greaves and Natasha Jategaonkar (BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health), and the CSHR team.
The Better Practices Model is a practical and comprehensive framework which combines evidence from both research and practice, bringing scientists and practitioners together. It is ‘better’ practices rather than ‘best’ practices because there is a need to maximize the knowledge that currently exists, recognizing that there are limited time and resources for perfect research.
The Better Practices Model:
~ Builds on current knowledge and expertise to inform decision-making
~ Emphasizes lessons learned from both the informants
The model can be divided into three phases:
PHASE 1: LEARNING FROM THE PAST
~ Provides guidance about how we define the scope of and process for the systematic review (subject of review, sources of information and methods to assess the information obtained);
~Provides guidance about how to present the findings in the form of tools and information which are compiled into a ‘toolkit’
PHASE 2: TAKING ACTION IN THE PRESENT
~ The toolkit needs to be effectively promoted in order for the recommendations to be followed
~Interventions, including policies, programs or services are designed or selected, implemented, monitored and evaluated
PHASE 3: CONTRIBUTING WISDOM TO THE FUTURE
~Information about the experience, outcome and effectiveness of implementing the intervention are compiled and shared with stakeholders
~Also includes a collaborative discussion with stakeholders about the intervention process and ideas for future interventions