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Building research capacity for evidence-informed tobacco control in Canada: a case description

Author(s): McDonald Paul | Viehbeck Sarah | Robinson Sarah | Leatherdale Scott | Nykiforuk Candace | Jolin Mari

Journal: Tobacco Induced Diseases
ISSN 1617-9625

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 12;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Abstract Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and disability in Canada. Insufficient research capacity can inhibit evidence-informed decision making for tobacco control. This paper outlines a Canadian project to build research capacity, defined as a community's ability to produce research that adequately informs practice, policy, and future research in a timely, practical manner. A key component is that individuals and teams within the community must mutually engage around common, collectively negotiated goals to address specific practices, policies or programs of research. An organizing framework, a set of activities to build strategic recruitment, productivity tools, and procedures for enhancing social capital are described. Actions are intended to facilitate better alignment between research and the priorities of policy developers and service providers, enhance the external validity of the work performed, and reduce the time required to inform policy and practice.
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