Practitioners across many fields such as medicine, education, policy-making and management are asking important questions about the extent to which decisions are based on evidence. In all these fields the answer typically is “yes”, decisions are based on evidence. But, in many cases this is true only to a very limited extent.
The idea of evidence-based decision-making has evolved in response to this problem, and is now being applied in several areas, with the goal of improving the effectiveness of practice. While this sounds sensible and straightforward, gathering, understanding and using evidence are challenging in many ways and require a set of specific skills.
The specific skills this course aims to develop are: (1) critical thinking and reasoning; (2) identifying and gathering of the best available evidence; (3) critical appraisal of evidence; and, (4) applying evidence of different forms to decision-making.
This course uses a blended learning approach that integrates traditional in-person classroom sessions as well as e-learning modules that can be completed online.