A Definition Of Evidence Based Management

 

Although many definitions of evidence-based practice are available, the most frequently quoted and widely used is David Sackett’s definition of evidence-based medicine (1996). 

 

Since then many professions have embraced the advantages of an evidence-based approach to practice and learning. Therefore the concept of evidence-based medicine was broadened in 2005 to ‘evidence-based practice to emphasize the fact that evidence-based practitioners may share more attitudes in common with other evidence-based than with non evidence-based colleagues from their own profession who do not embrace the evidence-based paradigm.

 

The following definition is partly adapted from the Sicily statement of evidence-based practice. This definition does not only provide a clear statement of what evidence-based management means, but also describes the minimum skill set required to practice in an evidence-based way.

 


 

“Evidence-based management is about making decisions through the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the best available evidence from multiple sources by ….

  Asking: Translating a practical issue or problem into an answerable question
  Acquiring: Systematically searching and retrieving the evidence
  Appraising: Critically judging the trustworthiness and relevance of the evidence
  Aggregating: Weighing and and pulling together the evidence
  Applying: Incorporating the evidence in the decision-making process
  Assessing: Evaluating the outcome of the decision taken

 

 … to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.”