Transformational Leadership and Organizational Change: The Impact of Organization-Wide EIDM Strategy

January 30 from 1 – 2:30 p.m (EST)

Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

This webinar was offered in English only.


In 2008, Peel Public Health embarked on a strategic initiative to implement evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) across the organization (Peirson et al, 2012). In 2012, the preliminary findings of a case study on Peel’s EIDM initiative were published. Early in the implementation of the strategic initiative, the authors determined that the following elements are critical for successful organizational change to support EIDM: leadership; organizational structure; human resources; organizational culture; knowledge management; communication; and change management. 

Now, in the final stretch of their 10-year strategy towards achieving the goal of becoming an EIDM organization, the health department has evaluated changes in capacity over time in a longitudinal follow-up study. 

The webinar will present physician leaders with practical, critical and real-time insights and assessments to inform and/or re-calibrate their efforts. Join us to learn how to successfully lead, plan and invest in a change initiative to implement EIDM at the organizational level. 

This webinar builds capacity in the following Minimum MOH Core Competency areas (PHPC, 2009):

  • Leadership and Management
  • Policy, Planning and Program Development


Dr. Megan Ward

Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel

In this webinar, Dr. Megan Ward, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel, will discuss the impacts and outcomes of EIDM, as well as the contextual factors that facilitate or challenge system transformations to promote EIDM and quality improvement in public health.  Dr. Ward acknowledges the challenges posed by such an organization-wide initiative: “We just started really really small because we didn’t really know what to do or how to do it. So we started with assessing our organizational need. It grew from there.” (From “Starting Small:


Peirson L, Ciliska D, Dobbins M, Mowat D. (2012). Building capacity for evidence informed decision making in public health: a case study of organizational change. BMC Public Health. 20;12:137. Available at: 

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. Using evidence in public health decisions: Why it matters.


This event is approved for up to 6.5 credits by the Office for Continuing Professional Development. The Office for CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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