Kaelan A. Moat, PhD
For nearly a decade, Kaelan has been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative mechanisms that aim to support the use of research evidence in policy making, with a particular interest in how political factors influence the likelihood that research is used in the decision-making process. His work at the McMaster Health Forum finds him working with policymakers, stakeholders and researchers provincially, nationally, and internationally to address pressing health- and social-system challenges with the best evidence, and systematically-elicited citizens’ values and stakeholder insights. He played a key role in supporting the development of Health Systems Evidence, world’s most comprehensive free access point for synthesized evidence about strengthening health systems (www.healthsystemsevidence.org), and has recently helped to lead the development of Social Systems Evidence (www.socialsystemsevidence.org), the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for evidence about strengthening 16 government sectors and program areas, and achieving 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He has also delivered many capacity-building workshops to policymakers and stakeholders in Canada and around the world to support them in their efforts to find and use 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. Kaelan currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Toronto, Ontario.