Partnering for change in a complex world

Professor Allan Best
Professor Allan Best

A leader in knowledge translation and systems thinking will speak to a Prevention Centre forum this month about how to work in partnership to tackle the complexity of preventing chronic disease.

Professor Allan Best is a Director of InSource Research Group, a Vancouver-based health services and population health research group that focuses on knowledge translation and exchange and systems thinking.

Professor Best believes the ways we usually think about linking research, policy and practice don’t work very well. He will review existing models for moving from knowledge to action and sketch new ways of framing the problem and processes that are better suited to complex adaptive systems. He will also speak about simple rules for shaping better prevention systems, using recent examples from Canada.

Professor Best is Associate Scientist in the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on systems thinking and organisational change.

The forum will be held from 3:45 pm to 5:15pm on Monday 23 February at the Aerial Function Centre UTS, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo. Afternoon tea will be available from 3:45pm, with the presentation beginning at 4pm.

View the presentation.