The Evaluation of Executive Training for Research Application Program, EXTRA

By Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay, Malcolm Anderson, Ulrika Drevniok and Genevieve Lavigne.

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The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) and partners have created an innovative training program to support healthcare executives use research evidence in their decision-making: The Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program. The overall mission of the EXTRA program is to develop capacity and leadership to optimize the use of research-based evidence in Canadian healthcare organizations. EXTRA ‘fellows’ – the health care executives – are selected from a pool of applicants each year. The new cohort of approximately twenty-four fellows each year is comprised of three professional streams: nurse executives, physician executives, and other health service executives. The purpose of this paper is to describe the EXTRA program, the perceptions of fellows from the first four cohorts, and the impact of the program on the use of evidence. Despite challenges balancing the time required to participate in the program the fellows were able to develop and apply a considerable knowledge base for evidence-informed decision-making.

Keywords: Knowledge, Evidence-Informed Decision-Making, Leadership

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.71-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 666.719KB).

Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Lavoie-Tremblay is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at McGill University and McGill representative for the nursing services administration training center FERASI. She is a Research Scholar Junior 1 FRSQ. She is a regular researcher at the Centre de recherche Fernand Séguin and associate researcher at the MUHC research institute and Douglas Hospital. Dr Lavoie-Tremblay’s research interests include: retention of nurses, nursing workforce, and program evaluation.

Malcolm Anderson

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, Canada. His research interests focus on innovation and organizational change, and the use of evidence to inform decision-making. He has conducted numerous evaluations with governments, health care organizations and various not-for-profit associations, and facilitates change processes.

Ulrika Drevniok

Research Coordinator, Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ulrika Drevniok, N, MScA, is a Research Coordinator at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Genevieve Lavigne

Doctoral Student, University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Geneviève L. Lavigne, Ph.D. (candidate) is a Doctoral Student at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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