About the Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy
The Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy, commonly known as EvidenceNetwork.ca is an evolving Canadian healthcare resource designed with the needs of journalists in mind. The project links journalists with health policy experts to provide access to credible, evidence-based information, and creates original OpEds, articles, infographics, posters and videos on health policy topics for publication in the mainstream media. This site provides the latest findings on controversial health policy and direct access to health policy experts. For more details about our project, see the recent articles about EvidenceNetwork.ca in the BMJ’s Evidence-Based Medicine, Healthcare Policy, University Affairs and J-Source.ca.
We have a network of independent, highly-qualified researchers and experts across the country who respond to requests for information and interviews quickly to meet deadlines. EvidenceNetwork.ca provides information on timely topics and breaking health policy stories. We aim to make sense of the often complex and controversial issues facing Canadians and their healthcare system.
Why? Because the public debate around health policy is important to Canadians. An informed, non-partisan interface between healthcare research and media is key to enriching the public dialogue about current controversial health policy issues.
The Canadian Health Accord is scheduled for renegotiation in 2014. Canadians will have to make decisions about many complex health policy issues, including:
- aging population impact
- rising drug costs
- health care accessibility
- private sector financing/delivery
- user fees
- sustainability of the health care system
EvidenceNetwork.ca is committed to working with the media to build a healthy dialogue around Canadian healthcare.
EvidenceNetwork.ca has been established with the help of grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Manitoba Health Research Council, as well as extensive consultation with experienced media advisors, researchers across the country, and third party evidence brokers including the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Noralou Roos and Sharon Manson Singer are Co-Founders of EvidenceNetwork.ca.
Noralou Roos, CM, PhD is the Director and Editor-in-Chief. She is a Professor at the University of Manitoba and was the Founding Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy.
Sharon Manson Singer, PhD is a Professor of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. She is also the Former President of the Canadian Policy Research Networks.
Kathleen O’Grady is the Managing Editor and Director of Communications. She is a Research Associate at Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, and Director of QUOI Media Group.
Information on EvidenceNetwork.ca Funding
Information on EvidenceNetwork.ca Third-Party Brokers of Research Evidence
Information on EvidenceNetwork.ca Collaborators
Independent Media Advisory Group
Tom Blackwell, National Post
Dean Broughton, Vancouver Sun
Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator
Janice Neil, Ryerson University
Ann Rauhala, Ryerson University
Gillian Steward, Toronto Star
Mary Agnes Welch, Winnipeg Free Press