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Allan Best, PhD


Managing Partner, Insource;
Associate Scientist,
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation,
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute


Allan Best is Managing Partner for InSource, a Vancouver-based health services and population health research group with expertise in knowledge translation and exchange, systems thinking, and communications.  InSource serves health systems decision makers at the regional, provincial and national levels, offering innovative “whole systems” research, planning, and evaluation tools to support large-scale organizational change. Services include:

rapid reviews for putting evidence into policy and practice,
concept mapping 
network analysis, and
system dynamics modeling.

Allan also is Associate Scientist in the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on systems thinking and organizational change - creating the teams, models, structures and tools that foster effective knowledge to action for health policy and programs that improve the health of the population.
Allan served as the founding Chair of the Department of Health Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada, the world's first interdisciplinary department integrating the biological and behavioral sciences to study health promotion. He has been elected Fellow for outstanding research contribution by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Canadian Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Psychological Association, and American Academy for Health Behavior. Allan was awarded the 1996 O. Harold Warwick prize by the National Cancer Institute of Canada for outstanding contributions to cancer control. Allan served on the inaugural Board of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research as President-Elect and was President from 2005-2007.