There’s Always Evidence…

There’s solid agreement that decisions in health care that are informed by hard facts are likely to be better than decisions made based on gut instinct or something your brother’s best friend’s second cousin says his grandmother’s neighbour told him. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are regarded as the gold standard for evidence, but they are not always readily available to inform a specific clinical, policy, or health management decision. In this webinar series, experts will demonstrate that there is always evidence if you know where to look.

Part 1: "There's Always Evidence..."
Event Date: January 19, 2021
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET (90 minutes)
In the opening webinar, Dr. Gordon Guyatt, the father of evidence-based medicine, will provide an overview of the wide range of evidence sources that can be tapped into to support evidence-based practice, and how to apply a framework to ensure there is still quality.

View the Part 1 Webinar.

Part 2: Beyond RCTs: The Many Benefits of Observational Studies
Event Date: February 2, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET (60 minutes)
Dr. Amanda Sheppard and Sehar Jamal will highlight the unique value and benefit of using observational and non-randomized studies to inform health care decisions, policy, and practice. This includes an overview of study design, relevant analytic methods, and tools to appraise research quality.

View the Part 2 Webinar.

Part 3: Observational Studies: A Deeper Dive
Event Date: February 9, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET (60 minutes)
Dr. Amanda Sheppard and Sehar Jamal return in the closing webinar for a deeper dive into non-randomized studies, including a close-up look at some stellar studies that help inform on gender, and other important issues. Following this practical and interactive session, not only will you understand that there is always evidence, you’ll know how to find it, appraise it, and apply it. 

Register for Part 3

This webinar series is free to attend and open to everyone; however, advance registration is required for each session (there is no cost). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar.


Amanda Sheppard is a scientist with the Indigenous Cancer Care Unit at Ontario Health. Dr. Sheppard’s research interests have focused on elevating the health and wellbeing within Indigenous populations. She holds an MSc in epidemiology and a PhD in medical health research from the University of Toronto (U of T). Dr. Sheppard is an assistant professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health within the Division of Epidemiology at U of T.

Sehar Jamal holds an MPH (epidemiology) from the University of Toronto (U of T). She has more than five years of experience working in the public health sector, particularly focusing on the cancer system and the community experiences of cancer, while using qualitative data, as well as small to large cohort data.