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Who we are

The Effective Public Health Practice Project and the McMaster Evidence-Based Practice Centre combine their vast expertise in the conducting of systematic reviews to the establishment of the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre (MERSC). TThe two researched groups joined when they recieved a grant of 3.5 million dollars over 5 years from CIHR to help created guidelines for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) from 2010-2015.


What we do

Since 1999, the EPHPP has conducted over 35 systematic reviews related to the effectiveness of public health programs and interventions.  EPHPP has also been involved in the production of numerous resources focused on research methods and tools involved in synthesizing and appraising research evidence.  EPHPP is committed to providing high-quality evidence to health practitioners and decision-makers. 

Creating a systematic review is a challenging and engaging process.  The staff at EPHPP is skilled in literature searching, relevance testing, quality assessment, data extraction, knowledge synthesis, and are experts in developing and writing systematic reviews.  EPHPP has been contracted to conduct high quality systematic reviews by various health units and health authorities, as well as various governmental ministries. EPHPP works in collaboration with our partners/decision-makers in order to define the scope of the systematic review and subsequent literature search strategies. 

In addition to systematic reviews, EPHPP works to create a number of different knowledge dissemination materials such as expeditited reviews, and methods and tools for quality assessment, critical appraisal and knowledge synthesis.  Dissemination of our materials occurs via the internet, through relevant networks, and at provincial, national and international conferences.