News News from the Forum Uncategorized Updates

Social Systems Evidence provides policymakers and stakeholders with better access to research evidence


With a growing international focus on evidence-informed policymaking across government and on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Forum+ has launched the beta version of Social Systems Evidence to better support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers who want to access the best available research evidence in a timely manner.

“For all those looking for evidence to support policy decisions, we’re trying to help you do this better or more efficiently,” said John N. Lavis, Director of Forum+.

The addition to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal of Social Systems Evidence content about the social aspects of aging (such as civic engagement, consumer protection, and transportation), will complement the high-quality information already provided about the health aspects of aging. The broader range of content will better support citizens in making informed decisions as they age.

Social Systems Evidence will soon be the world’s most comprehensive, continuously updated repository of research evidence about the programs, services and products available in 16 government sectors and program areas (i.e., community and social services, culture and gender, economic development and growth, education, transportation), as well as the governance, financial and delivery arrangements within which these programs and services are provided, and the implementation strategies that can help to ensure that these programs and services get to those who need them.

>> Visit

News Uncategorized

Resource for understanding Ontario’s health system

Have you ever wondered how the Ontario health system works? The newly published book ‘Ontario’s health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers’ can give you some answers.

This resource is available for purchase on (paperback copy), or freely available on the McMaster Health Forum Website (individual chapters).

Here are some additional details about the book.

  • Part 1 describes the ‘building blocks’ of the system, including who gets to make what decisions (governance arrangements), how money flows through the system (financial arrangements), and what and who make up the system’s infrastructure and workforce (delivery arrangements).
  • Part 2 explains how the building blocks are used to provide: 1) care in each of six sectors – home and community care, primary care, specialty care, rehabilitation care, long-term care, and public health; 2) care for four conditions or groupings
    of conditions – mental health and addictions, work-related injuries and diseases, cancer, and end of life; 3) care using select treatments – prescription and over-the-counter drugs, complementary and alternative therapies, and dental services; and 4) care for Indigenous peoples.
  • Part 3 describes recent and planned reforms to the system and assesses how the health system is performing.
  • The system is complex, so 66 tables and 25 figures have been included to aid understanding, including 16 ‘at-a-glance’ figures that summarize the policies, programs, places and people that are key to understanding particular types of care.