Technical tools

The technical tools are, for the most part, web-based applications designed to provide faster access to up-to-date information for the evaluation and continuous improvement of services.

Dynamic Description of Health and Social Services (FR: DDS)

Web application offering a dynamic description of front-line health and social services in Quebec

This interactive application provides an integrated and up-to-date vision of front-line health services in Quebec. Developed in response to a need expressed by researchers, managers, patient partners and practitioners, the DDS is a tool for the evaluation and continuous improvement of services.

Authors: Kilpatrick (UdM) & Pluye (McGill)

Link: (French only)

Automated Text Classifier of Empirical Research (ATCER)

Web classifier that automatically selects scientific publications (producing a qualitative or quantitative data collection-analysis or both) to speed up mixed rapid reviews

This application is intended to facilitate the work of policy makers, information specialists, researchers and graduate students who plan and conduct mixed literature reviews (literature reviews that include qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method studies). This tool categorizes studies as “scientific” vs. “non-scientific”. ATCER allows one to save time and resources when selecting studies.

Authors: El Sherif (McGill) & Nie (UdM)


Collaborative monitoring system of trends in patient-oriented research (eSRAP)

Web platform for collaborative monitoring of trends in patient-oriented research (eSRAP) (3 versions: eSRAP-summaries, -comments and -interactions)

eSRAP is a collaborative monitoring platform designed to help communities interested in a topic (including researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and patient partners) to stay up to date on the latest scientific publications on that topic. eSRAP facilitates the selection of relevant publications and access to selected publications. eSRAP aims to optimize the sharing of monitoring efforts and knowledge, and ultimately to democratize monitoring.

Authors: Tang et al (NRC & McGill)

Link: Tutorial (English)/ Tutoriel (Français)


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