Planning for sustainability of evidence-based programs and practices

by Sara Macdonald on March 1, 2018

KTECOP Toronto met on March 21st to learn about “Planning for sustainability of evidence-based programs and practices”, presented by Alekhya Mascarenhas.
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Literature on sustainability of evidence-based programs and practices:
a) Developing a comprehensive definition of sustainability
b) Sustainability framework
c) Sustainability of evidence-based interventions and practices in public health and health care
d) Systematic review of sustainability approaches in healthcare

The event was offered IN PERSON or VIA WEBINAR.

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Event details

DATE: Wednesday March 21, 2018
TIME: 4–6 PM (EST)
LOCATION:
Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9

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About the Presentation

Despite narrowing the research-to-practice gap, changes and outcomes need to be sustained to have lasting impact. There are varied definitions of sustainability and little research on how to achieve it. Alekhya Mascarenhas led a team in the review of literature on this topic and created a comprehensive definition of sustainability and a framework of factors that may influence it. This presentation will give implementers a better understanding of the field of sustainability and provide direction on how to create a sustainability plan.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define sustainability;
  • Describe factors that may influence sustainability; and
  • Understand the steps to creating a plan for sustainability.

About the Presenter

Alexhya Mascarenhas
Alekhya Mascarenhas is a sustainability specialist on the Team for Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability (TIES) within the Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. She has been leading the team’s efforts to advance the science of sustainability by developing a novel and comprehensive definition of sustainability and by building a meta-framework on the factors that influence sustainability of evidence implementation projects. Alekhya has 4 years of research experience with a special focus on the science behind dissemination (i.e., user centered testing and development of tools). As an example, she led the user-centered development of new systematic review formats targeted to enhance the uptake of research evidence among policy makers and health care managers across Canada. Alekhya also has expertise in qualitative research methodology, including developing interview guides, conducting hundreds of interviews and focus groups, and coding and reporting results. She is a strong proponent of the practical application of qualitative research methods in the design, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of quality improvement and KT initiatives. Alekhya is skilled at obtaining stakeholder buy-in and at managing projects; she has used these strengths to oversee the execution of multiple projects at the local, provincial, and national level. Alekhya holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Queen’s University School of Community Health and Epidemiology.

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