McMaster Forum | Contextualized evidence syntheses
The Forum prepares timely and demand-driven contextualized evidence syntheses that address pressing health and social system issues faced by decision-makers as well as the type of ‘global public good’ producers over much longer time frames. This includes evidence syntheses produced in the timelines in the table below.
|Goal||Timeline*||Type of product(s)||Scope|
|Profile evidence and experiences quickly||1-5 days|
|Synthesize evidence and experiences quickly||2-10 weeks|
|Comprehensively synthesize evidence (global public goods)||2.5+ months|
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- understanding a problem and its causes
- selecting options for addressing a problem
- identifying implementation considerations
- monitoring implementation and evaluating impacts.
Each synthesis includes, at a minimum, a policy analysis that underpins a profile or synthesis of the best-available evidence. This can be complemented by a systems analysis for determining how the relevant parts of a health or social system currently work and identifying options for doing things differently, and/or a political analysis for understanding the political factors that may affect whether and how issues move onto government agendas and policy decisions are made. This can include conducting jurisdictional scans and key informant interviews to harness a range of insights to contextualize the evidence identified.
In addition, contextualized evidence syntheses can be used to inform value-added processes such as horizon-scanning panels designed to identify, refine and prioritize upcoming key health- and social-system challenges and/or deliberative processes (e.g., citizen panels and stakeholder dialogues) designed to spark action to address pressing challenges.
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