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G-I-N Conference 2012

Guidelines International Network

22.08 - 25.08.2012, Berlin

Implementing and assessing evidence-based practices: Can a single framework be applied across different fields?

Meeting Abstract

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  • M.J. Gervais - University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada
  • F. Chagnon - University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada

Guidelines International Network. G-I-N Conference 2012. Berlin, 22.-25.08.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. DocO27

doi: 10.3205/12gin059, urn:nbn:de:0183-12gin0594

Veröffentlicht: 10. Juli 2012

© 2012 Gervais et al.
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Background and objectives: In the past years, many frameworks were developed in order to guide researchers, practitioners and funding agencies to increase and assess the use of evidence-based practices (EBP) (e.g. CAHS, 2009; Graham et al., 2006; Medical Research Council, 2010). However, those advancements were mostly made in the health field, and there is a need to propose a valid framework that can be applied across different fields (Proctor et al., 2009; Ward, 2010). This study aims at (1) examining the specificity of the implementation and the assessment processes of EBP in four different fields; (2) proposing a framework to describe the implementation and the assessment processes of EBP, which can be applied across these different fields.

Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 35 researchers and 45 practitioners from four different fields (1) art, media and communication; (2) health and social services; (3) education; (4) economic, urban and environmental planning. The development and the validation of the framework were done collaboratively with an important funding agency in Canada.

Results, discussion and implications: Seven categories of determinants and four types of strategies, which can be used to increase EBP, are included in the final framework. The framework also provides a comprehensive classification of 16 categories of impact that can be used to assess EBP. Although this framework is a great tool to guide the implementation and the assessment of EBP across different fields, the challenges associated with its use will also be discussed.