Evidence informed decision-making is a key component of all aspects of the public domain; however, a practical method for generating evidence to inform decisions is not always readily available. The NSHRF presents a four-stage approach to generating evidence, which involves: establishing a work plan and gathering background information; collecting data; synthesizing and summarizing data; and evaluation of the process and its implementation.
The approach, which follows traditional social science research methods, has been used by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to inform a variety of initiatives and decisions in Nova Scotia. It has proven to be practical and reliable in public sector decision-making. To read more about this approach, click here.