(A1) Challenges in using Evidence-Informed Decision Making

Lessons from Canadian Public Health Inspectors

This presentation will share lessons learned from public health inspectors at a local health unit (Ottawa Public Health) on integrating evidence-informed decision making into public health inspector practice. From 2017-2018, Ottawa Public Health participated in the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ Knowledge Broker Mentoring program which aims to build individual and organizational capacity in evidence-informed decision making. The public health inspectors experienced several challenges throughout their participation, such as the time commitment. They were able to overcome these challenges with the support of several facilitating factors to integrate evidence-informed decision making into their practice.