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Are you a policy maker or program manager who needs to use research findings in your work? If so, the Sax Institute’s upcoming training course could be for you.

In this 4 hour online course you will gain:

  • A greater understanding of different types of evidence from research
  • Skills to assess the quality and relevance of research for your work
  • Practical experience using tools to critically appraise research to assess if it is high quality and relevant to your work
  • Information to know where to access research evidence.


  • Part 1: Overview of evidence and how to appraise it to support policy and program decisions
  • Part 2: Interactive session – applying the skills to a real-world example

Who should attend?

The workshop will be valuable for policy makers and program managers/implementers with some experience working with research who want to gain tools and skills to critically appraise research evidence.

About the presenters

Associate Professor Mary Haines

Mary Haines (PhD) is a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.  Mary has over 20 years’ experience working in senior positions across the government, academic, corporate and independent sectors on policy, health research, evaluation and translational initiatives.  Mary has senior executive service and board level experience in the NSW Government. Mary has led research projects that have resulted in new knowledge about how to implement evidence-based care within health systems that has been harnessed by policy agencies and service providers.

Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider

Carmen Huckel Schneider is Adviser, Knowledge Exchange at the Sax Institute; Senior Lecturer and Director, Master of Health Policy at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney; and co-leader of the Health Governance and Financing Group at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. She is a health systems and governance researcher with over 10 years experience in knowledge exchange, transitional health and health policy education.