Finding and generating diverse sources of knowledge

As described on other sections of this website, the commissioning or service improvement cycle involves diverse sets of activities and can be informed by a very wide range of knowledge and evidence. Simply put, the commissioning process – if it is to contribute effectively to tackling ethnic inequalities – requires the generation or mobilisation of evidence and knowledge in order to:

Describe ethnicity-health-healthcare relationships
Understand the causes of observed patterns and inequalities
Prescribe action to address ethnic inequalities
Monitor and evaluate impact (process and outcomes)

General EEiC tools & resources to support this area of work:

Mobilising evidence guide and presentation

Mobilising evidence exercises 

Other resources and links

Ethnicity/equity specific:

Sarah Bowen and colleagues in Canada have produced a handbook to support action on equity issues: Promoting action on equity issues: a knowledge to action handbook

General knowledge mobilisation tools

John Lavis, Andrew Oxman and colleagues have produced a series of resources to support policymakers in finding relevant evidence:

Finding systematic reviews
John N Lavis, Andrew D Oxman, Jeremy Grimshaw, Marit Johansen, Jennifer A Boyko, Simon Lewin, Atle Fretheim
Health Research Policy and Systems 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S7

Finding and using evidence about local conditions
Simon Lewin, Andrew D Oxman, John N Lavis, Atle Fretheim, Sebastian Marti, Susan Munabi-Babigumira
Health Research Policy and Systems 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S11

Finding and using research evidence about resource use and costs
Andrew D Oxman, Atle Fretheim, John N Lavis, Simon Lewin
Health Research Policy and Systems 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S12

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