Vision, mission and goals

Background

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) was created in December, 2006. We are hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The NCCMT is one of six National Collaborating Centres (NCC) for Public Health in Canada. While the other NCCs focus on the public health themes of aboriginal health, environmental health, infectious diseases, healthy public policy and social determinants of health, the NCCMT focuses on providing leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health.

Vision, Mission, Goals and Principles

In the fall of 2009, with input from the NCCMT Advisory Group, the Centre's mission, vision and principles were reviewed and revised to reflect the lessons learned over the initial phase of the NCCMT's development. The following statements will guide the work of the NCCMT for the next five years.

Our vision

The effectiveness and efficiency of Canada's public health system will be guided by the production, sharing and use of high quality evidence.

Our mission

The NCCMT will enhance evidence-informed public health practice and policy in Canada by providing leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health.

Our goals

  1. To develop the organizational capacity and individual skills of those involved in public health to share what works in public health.
  2. To identify, develop and evaluate relevant methods and tools for knowledge translation; and to make those methods and tools accessible to people involved in practice, program decision-making, policy-making and research.
  3. To identify gaps in methods and tools for sharing what works in public health and to encourage researchers and others to fill these gaps.
  4. To build active and sustainable networks that enable practitioners, program decision-makers, knowledge experts, policy-makers and researchers to share what works in public health; and to strengthen partnerships and links with other NCCs and their target audiences.

Our principles

  1. Collaborate with national and international public health and knowledge-sharing organizations.
  2. Avoid unnecessary duplication of public health processes and products for sharing what works in public health.
  3. Respond to the needs of the other NCCs and public health personnel.
  4. Provide innovative, high quality, up-to-date methods and tools for sharing what works in public health.
  5. Provide leadership for decision-makers facing challenges related to sharing what works in public health.