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Table 1 Themes covered in the survey by data collection (DC) step and type of informants

From: A cross-sectional survey of supports for evidence-informed decision-making in healthcare organisations: a research protocol

Survey themes Data collection step CEO Library manager Manager of other units
Mention of importance of research evidence in formal mission, vision or values statements 1   
Certified by Accreditation Canada (hospitals only) 1   
In-house library or a documentation centre that provides access to research evidence 1   
Other units whose roles and activities might include acquiring, assessing, adapting/packaging and/or disseminating research evidence 1   
Direct access to a knowledge broker, i.e. someone whose role is primarily to keep the CEO informed about the latest research evidence that might be of strategic value 1   
Presence of a chief information officer 1   
Range of 12 services provided or not by the library to the organisation’s employees 2    
Refraining from subscribing to academic journals or bibliographic databases due to subscription costs 2    
Dissemination of research evidence to inform the decision-making process in one or more units 2  
Production of systematic reviews 2  
Production of traditional literature reviews or rapid reviews 2  
Production of assessments of the quality and local applicability of systematic reviews 2  
Production of summaries or abstracts of primary studies 2  
Production of summaries or abstracts of systematic reviews 2  
Organisation of interactive meetings or workshops to share new research evidence with staff 2  
Formal invitations to researchers from other organisations to share research evidence with members of the organisation 2  
Formal collaboration with researchers from other organisations in preparing primary studies 2  
Formal collaboration with researchers from other organisations in preparing systematic reviews 2  
Contracting out to provide training sessions within the organisation on how to acquire, assess, adapt/package, disseminate and/or use research evidence to inform decision-making 2  
Employees whose formal role includes acquiring, assessing, adapting/packaging, and/or disseminating research evidence 2  
Employees whose formal role includes establishing and/or maintaining relationships with researchers to inform decision-making 2  
Employees whose formal role includes the development of training tools aimed at increasing your organisation’s internal capacity to acquire, assess, adapt/package, and/or disseminate research evidence 2  
Resources and funding to monitor capacity to acquire, assess, adapt/package and/or disseminate research evidence 2  
  1. Survey participants will be provided with a conceptual definition of all terms in italics.