PHAC: Implementing Systems Approaches to Knowledge Mobilization: Reflections from the Field

L’événement commencera le 30 janvier 13h00 et se terminera le 30 janvier 14h30 heure de l'est
The event will start on: Jan 30, 01:00pm EST
And will end on: Jan 30, 02:30pm EST

Click here to access the 'back up' PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) and the Audio Recording (they are listed by date)

Participants are encouraged to review these Related Resources:
Systems Approaches to Knowledge Mobilization - Scan of Initiatives
Approches systémiques de la mobilisation des connaissances - Analyse des initiatives

 Please note - we hope to have the recording edited and posted by Feb. 8, 2013.

This Fireside Chat is in collaboration with Public Health Agency of Canada.
Cette causerie est en collaboration avec l'agence du santé publique du Canada

Preventing chronic disease is complex.  Efforts need to be guided by a broad range of evidence about ‘what works, how and when’.   But because what works for chronic disease prevention is complex, more traditional approaches used for knowledge transfer are not a good fit.

A promising new approach for mobilizing knowledge in order to improve chronic disease prevention efforts, is to apply concepts and tools from complex systems science.  This kind of ‘systems approach’ is an emerging area of activity.  

This presentation will highlight a Canadian and international scan funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the experiences, results and learnings of 3 diverse organizations that are incorporating some aspects of a systems approach in their work.


Joanna Reynolds,
Program Manager

MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

As a program manager for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Joanna leads the education and engagement initiatives.  Since 2008, Joanna has focused on social finance development in Canada with Social Innovation Generation National and now with MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Initiatives that she is proud to be part of include: the report form the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, "Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good" in 2010,  the annual Social Finance Forum since 2008 and since its inception in 2008.  
Joanna has worked in the community sector in Toronto for over 10 years. This experience sparked her interest in finding ways for not-for-profits to diversify their revenue base and opening opportunities for people to get involved in their local economy.
Joanna is a graduate from Queen’s University and completed her Master of Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently a board member of TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative.

Brian K. Bumbarger,  M.Ed.

Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter)
Prevention Research Center
Penn State University

Brian Bumbarger is founding Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Penn State University. The EPISCenter is among the world’s first centers dedicated to the study and practice of scaling-up effective interventions for preventing delinquency and youth drug use and promoting positive youth development. Brian has worked for over a decade to research and support more than 200 replications of evidence-based programs, both in experimental trials and under natural conditions. His work focuses on issues of dissemination and adoption, high quality implementation (including fidelity and adaptation), sustainability, community engagement, and impact and cost-benefit analysis. Brian leads the Dissemination and Implementation (Translational Research) Unit at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Key Centre for Law, Justice, Ethics and Governance at Griffith University (Queensland, AU). In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the international Society for Prevention Research.

Brian has been funded continuously for over a decade to conduct research on the scale-up of evidence-based interventions and his work is grounded in applied and community-participatory research. He currently serves as Principal Investigator on a multi-million dollar longitudinal study of EBP dissemination; and a member of the research teams of the multi-site PROSPER RCT (PIs: Spoth & Greenberg) and the multi-site RCT of planned adaptation of an EBP in rural communities (PI: Hecht). He previously served as PI on a multisite study of EBP implementation and sustainability in 17 high-crime, high-poverty Weed and Seed neighborhoods; an efficacy study of a low-cost web-based intervention developed to improve the implementation quality of classroom teachers; as well as an efficacy study of the use of police officers as instructors in evidence-based school drug prevention programs. Brian has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on EBP dissemination, implementation quality and adaptation, and sustainability, as well as a federal white paper review of evidence-based programs. He has served on several NIDA and U.S. Department of Education Expert Panels, and has provided testimony before a number of state legislatures and Congress on the impact and cost-effectiveness of EBPs.

Lisa Watson

Principal Consultant, Lisa Watson, Strategies for Social Impact
Faculty Member, Canadian Organizational Development Institute. 

Lisa is a skilled strategist with 20 years of experience designing and delivering high quality, high-impact results in the areas of health promotion, social policy and community services.  As a management consultant, she works with a range of organizations on strategy, systems change, complexity and organizational learning and development.  She also coaches and mentors young professionals.
Lisa has held senior positions leading policy and strategy development in the Ontario provincial government and the charitable nonprofit sector.  She has extensive experience developing successful partnerships across community, government and private sectors to tackle complex projects in a variety of areas including mental health and addictions, chronic disease prevention, financial literacy and youth educational attainment.  She is a highly skilled listener, communicator and writer who takes a consultative approach that is based in evidence and best practice, and that builds positive and trusting relationships among all stakeholders.  
 Lisa is a graduate of the University of Waterloo-McConnell Foundation graduate program in Social Innovation and also holds degrees from Dalhousie University in Psychology and Social Work.  She has received extensive training in systems analysis, integrative thinking, design thinking and leadership.

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