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Kaelan Moat

Kaelan A. Moat

Managing Director, McMaster Health Forum
Investigator, Forum's Impact Lab
Assistant Professor (Part-Time), Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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McMaster Health Forum
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Hamilton, ON Canada  L8S 4L6

McMaster Health Forum’s Impact Lab
Location: CRL-209

Kaelan A. Moat is Managing Director at the McMaster Health Forum, where he manages the development and implementation of the Forum’s programs. He is an assistant professor (part-time) in McMaster's Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), and a member of CHEPA

He also leads the maintenance and ongoing content development of Health Systems Evidence (, the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for high-quality evidence about how to strengthen or reform health systems. In addition, he helped in the development and now leads Health Systems Learning (, an online learning resource for health system policymakers and stakeholders who are committed to making evidence-informed decisions.

His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health system policymaking, with a particular focus on both the evaluation of innovative mechanisms designed to increase the likelihood that research will be used to inform policy decisions, and on better understanding the influence that political factors have on these mechanisms and their use. He has also been involved in delivering workshops both internationally and in Canada to policymakers and stakeholders in order to support their efforts in finding and using research. He holds a B.H.Sc. from Western University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (U.K.), and a PhD from McMaster University.


  • Knowledge translation and exchange for health system managers and policymakers
  • Comparative health systems
  • Systematic review methods
  • Politics of policy development processes
  • Policy analysis methods


Zida A, Lavis JN, Sewankambo N, Kouyate B,  Moat KA (2017) The factors affecting the institutionalization of two policy units in Burkina Faso’s health system: A case study. Health Research Policy and Systems. 15:62.

 Zida A, Lavis JN, Sewankambo N, Kouyate B, Moat KA, Shearer J (2017) Analysis of the policymaking process in Burkina Faso’s health sector: Case studies of the creation of two health system support units. Health Research Policy and Systems. 15:10. 

Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Moat KA, Hammill A, Boyko JA, Grimshaw J, Flottorp S. Developing and Refining the Methods for a 'One-stop Shop' for Research Evidence about Health Systems. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2015. In press.

Adam T, Moat KA, Ghaffar A, Lavis JN. (2014). Towards a better understanding of information packaging efforts to support evidence-informed policymaking in low- and middle-income countries. Implementation Science. 9: 67. 

El-Jardali F, Lavis JN, Moat KA, Pantoja T, Ataya N. (2014). Capturing lessons learned from evidence-to-policy initiatives through structured reflection. Health Research Policy and Systems. 12: 2.  

Moat KA, Lavis JN, Clancy SJ, El-Jardali F, Pantoja T. (2014). Evidence briefs and deliberative dialogues: Perceptions and intentions to act on what was learnt. The Bulletin of the World Health Organization. vol. 92 (1): pp. 20-28.

Patino D.F., Lavis J.N., Moat K.A. (2013). The role of research evidence in health system policy decision-making. Revista de Salud Pública. vol. 15(5): pp.684-693. 

Wilson MG, Moat KA, Lavis JN.  The global stock of systematic reviews relevant to health systems policy. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2013. 11: 32.

Moat KA, Lavis JN, Abelson J. How contexts and issues influence the use of policy-relevant research syntheses: A critical interpretive synthesis. Milbank Quarterly. 2013. Vol. 91 (3), September, pp. 606-648.

Moat KA, Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Rottingen JA, Baernighausen T. Twelve myths about systematic reviews for health system policymaking. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. 2013. vol. 18 (1) pp. 44-50.

Moat KA and Lavis, J.  Ten best resources for evidence-informed policymaking. Health Policy and Planning. 2013. vol. 29 (2) pp. 215-18.

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