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6:00 - 8:00 pm

Registration & Welcome Reception


7:30 - 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome by Conference Chair

8:45 - 10:30 am

A Global View of Knowledge Exchange in Public Health Policy Making

 This distinguished opening panel will explore the use of evidence in public health policymaking in Canada, Australia, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands to discover what’s working, what’s not, and what the trends, issues, and policy-related challenges are across jurisdictions and sectors.
  • Rosemary Rushmer, Fuse Centre (United Kingdom)
  • Jantine Schuit, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • Steve Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health (Canada)
  • Marjorie MacDonald, Scientist, School of Public Health & Social Policy, University of Victoria (British Columbia)
  • Moriah Ellen, Ben Gurion University (Israel)

10:30 - 11:00 am

Break & Poster Viewing

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Critical Role of Evidence in a Public Health Emergency

 Declaring a public health emergency triggers a sequence of activities and protocols designed to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from whatever emergency has put public health at risk. Using a case-based approach, this session will look at the impact of a public health crisis on mobilizing evidence - how is evidence used, differences across jurisdictions, lessons learned, and whether the changes made during a crisis have an enduring effect.

12:00 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:20 pm

Abstract Presentations - Session 1

2:20 - 2:45 pm

Break & Poster Viewing

2:45 - 4:05 pm

Abstract Presentations - Session 2

4:10 - 5:15 pm

Why Doesn't Evidence Inform Policy Making Quite the Way we Hope?

 Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy in the Department of History and Politics at the University of Stirling (United Kingdom), will lead a provocative end-of-day session on what does and doesn’t work in evidence-informed policy making and why. This session will explore the conditions necessary for evidence to win the day, how policies on prevention rarely meet those conditions, and being realistic about the limitations or how far evidence will take us.

Dr. Cairney’s presentation will be followed by commentary from respondents and questions from the audience.

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception


7:30 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 9:15 am

Lightning Talks: Evidence to Action

 Dyads that speak to partnerships between policy makers, decision makers and researchers.

9:15 - 10:00 am


Changing the Narrative on Investment in Population and Public Health Research

 Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health (Canada)

10:00 - 10:30 am

Break & Poster Viewing

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

How Healthy is Public Health Policy?

 What is healthy public policy both in terms of how it is developed and in the end result? This session will discuss the constraints on evidence-informed policy making for elected officials, bureaucrats, and service delivery organizations. Providing the right evidence, incenting the right decisions, managing conflicting Interests, and reaching consensus.
 Opening Commentary:
  • Trevor Hancock, Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria (Canada)
  • Peter Kelly, Director, Fuse Centre; Director of Public Health, England North East; Board Chair, Fuse Advisory Board (United Kindom)
  • Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director, BC Centre for Disease Control; Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Nadav Davidovitch, Director, School of Public Health, Ben Gurion University (Israel)

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch & Final Keynote: If We Want More Evidence-Based Practice or Policy, We Need More Practice-based Evidence

 Lawrence Green, University of California, San Francisco (USA)
As the evidence-based medicine movement migrated from Archie Cochrane in the UK to Canada via his protégé, David Sackett, and to the US via the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination to the US Preventive Services Task Force, it took on increasingly population health questions of efficacy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. The Cochran Collaboration internationally, Maureen Dobbins at Health Evidence Canada, and the US CDC's Community Preventive Services Task Force eventually stretched the criteria of effectiveness to include considerations of external validity to complement the exclusive emphasis on internal validity, leading to an increased emphasis on whether the evidence in evidence-based practices were sufficiently applicable to the settings, circumstances and varied populations in which the practices from highly controlled and often randomized trials would be applied. Most of this trajectory of evidence-based practice was independent of an earlier academic (mostly sociological and political science) field of translation of policy to practice, The problem in both came to be viewed as a misalignment between the source of the evidence or the policy and the places where it was expected to be applied. This review of these historical threads brings us to the conclusion of this conference with questions and suggestions of how to improve the fit among policy, research evidence and practice, and how can policy improve on this fit without imposing impossible requirements and unrealistic criteria of effectiveness on the varied settings in which evidence and policy would be applied.