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4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health
Using research evidence for healthy public policy: Learning across jurisdictions and sectors. Fuse 2018 is an international conference convened to support the use of research evidence in policy-making that promotes and protects the health of citizens.

Now in its fourth year, and first in North America, Fuse 2018 will explore the challenges faced when using evidence, including conflicting evidence, in policy-making. A distinguished panel of international speakers will share their experiences of using research evidence as a foundation for good public policy, and discuss ways of producing, integrating and communicating research evidence for policy-making.
Fuse 2018 is open to researchers, policy-makers, public health practitioners and other research users with an interest in public and population health. Register now to secure your place!

  May 8   18:00 - 20:00   Registration and Welcome Reception
  May 9   07:30 - 17:15
  17:30 - 19:00
  Conference Proceedings
  Cocktail Reception
  May 10   07:30 - 14:00   Conference Proceedings

Audience: Researchers, policy-makers, public health practitioners, health care providers and educators, and other research users with an interest in public and population health

Co-hosted by: The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the BC Ministry of Health, the Public Health Association of BC, and the United Kingdom's Fuse Centre for Translational Research in Public Health


Good public policy is integral to successfully promoting and protecting the health of citizens and protecting them from illness and disability. Research evidence is an ideal foundation for good policy, but it is often challenging to integrate evidence in the process because of competing priorities, constrained resources, inter-sectoral and jurisdictional barriers, ideology, changing structures, issues with data, public opinion, and increasingly complex problems.

Sub Themes:  

  1. Practice-based evidence
    Practice-based evidence – or evidence ‘from the field’ - acknowledges that traditional measures on efficacy or effectiveness are only one kind of input necessary for policy-making. Effective policy also requires appreciation of the expertise of providers and understanding of the context faced by those who will implement and be affected by the policy. This sub theme will explore ways to develop and integrate various types of evidence from a range of settings and stakeholders into public health policy. 
  2. Economic evidence
    Economic evaluations provide explicit information on the costs and consequences of different courses of action and can provide a framework for thinking about the structure of decisions. Economic evaluations can have a significant impact in policy making but there are many factors that influence whether or not that happens. This sub theme will explore the utility of economic evidence and the challenges presented by the environment or context, quality of the evidence, the structure of the decision-making process itself, and how the information is presented.
  3. Communicating evidence
    Evidence-informed policymaking depends not only on the existence and availability of appropriate evidence but on the effective communication of that evidence. The obstacles to effective communication between researchers and policy-makers (any of various stakeholders involved in developing policy, from analysts to senior decision makers to elected officials) are well documented in literature and recent years have seen some improvements in overcoming those obstacles. This sub theme will explore how best to strengthen communication of evidence for policy-making through new and emerging communication tools, mechanisms and strategies.
  4. Diversity in public health policy
    Evidence-informed policy must be sensitive and responsive to differences in culture, geography, gender, race/ethnicity (including Indigenous identity), age, physical or mental ability, spirituality, family status, language ability, literacy, socio-economic status, and immigration/refugee status. Effective policy making requires thinking critically about how diverse stakeholders create, accept, and use evidence in accordance with their values, beliefs, histories, lived experiences, and ways of knowing. This sub theme will explore the challenges and successes in conducting policy research that welcomes diversity and in building a diversity of evidence into public policy.
  5. Partnerships between researchers and policy makers
    Researchers and policy makers are united in their support of evidence-informed policy making but often work independently toward that goal. A partnership will mean additional demands on both parties but the benefits can be improved relevance, validity and reliability of research, and increased understanding and trust between researchers and policy makers. But partnerships between these two groups are not always easy to develop or maintain. This sub theme will provide examples of partnered or team approaches to specific policy issues.