Strengthen your EBM skills and critical mindset to improve the quality of your decisions.
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- Learning objectives by module
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What students will learn
Module 1: The Basic Principles
Summarize the basic principles of evidence-based management; Explain why we need evidence-based management; Explain what counts as evidence; Determine which sources of evidence were consulted; Assess (coarsely and in general terms) the quality of evidence; Determine whether the ‘best available’ evidence was used in a decision-making process; Correct common misconceptions about evidence-based management.
Module 2: ASK
Identify (hidden) claims/assumptions regarding a practical issue; Determine whether an (assumed) problem is sufficiently clear; Determining whether there is sufficient evidence to support the (assumed) problem; Determine whether the preferred solution is sufficiently clear; Determine whether there is sufficient evidence (from multiple sources) to support the preferred solution.
Module 3: ACQUIRE – evidence from practitioners
Determine what evidence to acquire from practitioners; Determine how to prevent selection bias when acquiring evidence from practitioners; Determine the best method(s) to acquire evidence from practitioners; Determine whether bias could have affected evidence from practitioners; Formulate clear, unambiguous, and unbiased questions.
Module 4: APPRAISE – evidence from practitioners
Assess whether professional experience is valid and reliable; Grade the trustworthiness of professional experience; Recognize how system 1 thinking influences valid and reliable professional expertise; Determine whether a decision is based on system 1 or system 2 thinking; Recognize common cognitive biases; Identify ways cognitive biases can be overcome; Critically appraise evidence from practitioners.
Module 5: ACQUIRE – scientific evidence
Determine the most relevant online research database(s) given the question; Determine whether a journal is peer reviewed; Determine the most important PICOC terms; Search the Internet for relevant alternative and/or related terms; Search Google Scholar for related or broader academic terms; Test search terms to identify terms that yield the most relevant results; Apply Boolean operators to specify a search query; Use the history function to combine search queries; Apply methodological filters to identify meta-analyses and/or longitudinal/controlled studies; Narrowing search results by adding additional PICOC terms; Limit a search result by limiting the date range.
Module 6: A short introduction to science
Assess whether a study was conducted according to the scientific method; Recognize pseudo-science; Assess whether a statistically significant finding is of practical relevance; Assess whether methodological bias may have affected the results; Determine whether confounders may have affected the results; Assess whether a placebo effect may have affected the results; Identify moderators or mediators that may have affected the results; Distinguish quantitative research methods from qualitative research methods; Determine a study’s research design; Efficiently read a research paper.
Module 7: APPRAISE – scientific evidence
Assess the impact of an effect size; Assess whether a statistically significant finding is of practical relevance; Assess whether a confidence interval is sufficiently narrow; Assess whether an outcome was measured in a reliable way; Distinguish cause-and-effect questions from non-effect questions; Determine a study’s research design; Assessing whether a study’s research design is appropriate given the research question (methodological appropriateness); Assessing a study’s methodological quality; Grading a study’s trustworthiness on the basis of it’s methodological appropriateness and quality; Summarizing a study’s main findings, weaknesses, and overall trustworthiness.
Module 8: ACQUIRE – organizational evidence
Module coming soon.
Module 9: APPRAISE – organizational evidence
Determine whether a logic model was used to collect and analyze evidence from the organization; Assess whether organizational data are relevant; Identify steps in the collection and processing of data that could introduce risk of inaccurate data; Determine whether contextual information is missing; Determine whether there could be measurement error; Assess whether there could be a small number problem; Determine whether a metric is a good representation of the data; Interpret a metric’s standard deviation; Assess whether a graph represents the data in a valid and reliable way; Interpret a correlation or regression coefficient; Determine whether a correlation- or regression coefficient is practically relevant; Assess whether there are outliers that may distort the evidence; Assessing whether range restriction may have affected the evidence; Assess whether a confidence interval is sufficiently narrow.
Module 10 & 11: ACQUIRE/ APPRAISE – stakeholder evidence
Module coming soon.
Module 12: AGGREGATE
Explaining what proof, evidence, chance, and ‘conditional’ probability means; Assessing the impact of a prior probability; Estimating the likelihood of the evidence: P(E|Htrue) and P(E|Hfalse); Updating the probability of a claim/assumption/hypothesis when new evidence comes available; Aggregating evidence from multiple sources by applying Bayes Rule.
Module 13: APPLY
Use the PICOC method to determine whether the evidence applies to the organizational context; Determine whether a decision/intervention gives you the biggest bang for your buck; Assess the level of risk inherent in a decision/intervention; Identify ethical issues that need to be considered; Determine whether (and if so, how) the evidence is actionable; Determine whether there are moderators that need to be taken into account; Determine, given the type of decision at hand, how and in what form the evidence can be applied.
Module 14: ASSESS
Identify the type of decision (to be) made (routine, non-routine, or novel/hyper complex); Determine whether a decision was executed as planned; Assess an outcome using the gold standard method; Assessing an outcome using quasi- or non-experimental methods; Suggest ways to improve the validity and reliability of an outcome assessment; Assess whether an outcome was measured in a reliable way; Assess whether indirect and intangible costs were taken into account; Assess the (unintended) consequences of a decision on stakeholders.
Learning objectives by module
Course assessments, activities, and outline
Evidence-Based Management: Certified Course Modules
Module 1: The Basic Principles Of Evidence-Based Management
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 01: The Basic Principles
Module 2: ASK – Critical Questions About Assumed Problems And Preferred Solutions
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 02: Asking Critical Questions
Module 3: ACQUIRE – Evidence From Practitioners
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 03: Acquire – Evidence From Practitioners Quiz
Module 4: APPRAISE – Evidence From Practitioners
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 04: Appraise – Evidence From Practitioners
Module 5: ACQUIRE – Evidence From The Scientific Literature
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 05: Acquire – Evidence From The Scientific Literature
Module 6: A Short Introduction To Science
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 06: A Short Introduction To Science
Module 7: APPRAISE – Evidence From The Scientific Literature
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 07: Appraise – Evidence From The Scientific Literature
Module 8: ACQUIRE – Evidence From The Organization *not yet available*
Module 9: APPRAISE – Evidence From The Organization
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 09: Appraise – Evidence From The Organization
Module 10: ACQUIRE – Evidence From Stakeholders *not yet available*
Module 11: APPRAISE – Evidence From Stakeholders *not yet available*
Module 12: AGGREGATE – Weighing And Pulling Together The Evidence
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 12: Aggregate – Weighing And Pulling Together The Evidence
Module 13: APPLY – Incorporating The Evidence Into The Decision-Making Process
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 13: Apply
Module 14: ASSESS – Evaluate The Outcome Of The Decision Taken
Quiz: EBMgt Assessment Quiz 14: Assess
Module 15: Building The Capacity For Evidence-Based Management *not yet available*
Other course details
The modules are developed by The Center for Evidence Based Management (CEBMa) and are part of a larger certified master course. If you are a teacher/lecturer and would like to use these (or additional) modules in your class, please get in touch with CEBMa.
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