The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) supports public health organizations and individuals in Canada to use the best available evidence in their public health practice. We do this by compiling and sharing knowledge on what works in public health, as well as providing training and high-quality resources. We are hosted by the School of Nursing at McMaster University and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Public health organizations and practitioners support the health and well-being of all Canadians, empowering them to live their best lives and protecting them from disease. Public health work occurs at many levels and sectors and is united by a common set of values including a commitment to equity, respect for diversity, and the recognition of the importance of the health of the community as well as the individual. From changes in available evidence, to changes in public health resources, the field of public health is continuously evolving. Evidence-Informed Public Health (EIPH), the process of using the best available evidence from research, context, and experience in practice, can help with adapting to these changes. EIPH is also a useful method to ensure transparency and accountability in how decisions are made and programs are designed in public health. Specifically, public health experts have identified that EIPH can help public health organizations and individuals: have confidence in decisions, build the business case for public health based on evidence, and ensure resources are being used on solutions that work.

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools is here to support public health organizations and practitioners achieve EIPH. Contact us at to learn more about our training and mentoring services and freely available resources.

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools is a Sponsor of Research Canada’s Your Candidates, Your Health 2019 Federal Election Campaign. To learn more, visit