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$5.3M from Public Health for National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

By Daily News
Published: July 29, 2015
Maureen Dobbins
Maureen Dobbins, a professor in the School of Nursing and scientific director of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT).

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), hosted by McMaster, has received $5.3 million in ongoing funding through to March 2020 from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in evidence-informed decision making to Canadian public health organizations.

This extension to the NCCMT’s funding allows the Centre to continue to develop resources to help organizations and professionals use innovative, high quality and up-to-date methods and tools to put what works in public health into practice and policy.

Resources available from the NCCMT include online learning resources, videos and three knowledge sharing platforms.


NCCMT knowledge sharing platforms

  • Registry for Methods and Tools, a searchable database of resources for knowledge translation in public health
  • Health Evidence, a leading repository of systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions
  • Outbreakhelp, a newly-developed repository of evidence on infection prevention, management and control

Maureen Dobbins, a professor in McMaster's School of Nursing and scientific director of the NCCMT, sees the relationship between the University and the NCCMT as a good fit.

“McMaster is a world leader in evidence-based practice and knowledge translation, and in developing knowledge sharing platforms that support clinicians, health professionals and policy makers use the best available evidence in practice and policy,” says Dobbins.

“The NCCMT’s location at McMaster allows us to tap into the wealth of expertise in evidence-based practice as well as multiple resources that contribute to attaining evidence-informed decision making in public health.

Public health policy decisions directly affect the lives of all Canadians. But, sound evidence to inform those important decisions isn’t always readily available or easily understood. The NCCMT helps to translate research evidence into knowledge that practitioners and policy makers can use.

The NCCMT recently created the 2015 NCCMT Keystone video below to explain how the Centre helps organizations and individuals working in public health to use innovative, high quality and up-to-date methods and tools to put what works in public health into practice and policy.

The NCCMT is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in the country with a collective mandate to strengthen public health in Canada. The NCCMT has been housed in the School of Nursing within the Faculty of Health Sciences since its inception in 2007.

[For more information, visit the NCCMT website or contact nccmt@mcmaster.ca]


Maureen Dobbins delivers 2015 NCCMT Keystone video

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