Clinical Professor
InSource Research Group
6975 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T4
phone: 7782796896

Director, InSource Research Group
Associate Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

Allan Best is a Director of InSource, a Vancouver-based health services and population health research group with expertise in knowledge translation and exchange, systems thinking, and large system transformation. 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
  • system dynamics modelling
  • facilitation of meetings, workshops and conferences
  • knowledge brokering ~ linkages to decision makers and researchers in other jurisdictions
  • evaluation ~ designed to create continuous learning and improvement feedback loops, and to demonstrate and assess outcomes
  • training on how to be a good receptor of research and knowledge.

1. Riley, B.L., & Best, A. (in press). Stakeholders, organizational partnerships, and coalitions. In S. Kahan, A. Gielen, P. Fagan, & L.W. Green (eds). Health Behavior Change in Populations: The State of the Evidence and Roles for Key Stakeholders. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
2. Willis, C.D., Adam, T., Best, A., Schensul, J., & El-Jardali, F. (in press). Thinking in systems for population health intervention research in low-middle income countries. Journal of Public Health Policy,
3. Saul, J.E., Best, A., and Noel, K. (January, 2014). Implementing leadership in healthcare: guiding principles and a new mindset. Longwoods Healthcare Ghost Busting Essays.
4. Saul, J.E., Noel, K., & Best, A. (May, 2014). Advancing the art of healthcare through shared leadership and cultural transformation. Longwoods Healthcare Ghost Busting Essays.
5. Willis, C.D., Best, A., Riley, B.L., Herbert, C.P., Millar, J., & Howland, D. (2014). Systems thinking for transformation change in health. Evidence and Policy, 10(1), 113-126.
6. Best. A., Saul, J.E., & Willis, C. (2013). Doing the dance of culture change: Complexity, evidence, and leadership. Healthcare Papers, 13(1), 64-68.
7. Terpstra, J.L., Best, A., Saul, J., & Leischow, S.J. (2013). The complexity of institutionalizing evaluation as a best practice in North American quitlines. American Journal of Evaluation, 34, 356-371.
8. Saul, J.E., Willis, C.D., Bitz, J., & Best, A. (2013). A time-responsive tool for informing policy making: Rapid Realist Review. Implementation Science, 8, 103-117.
9. Willis, C.D., Riley, B.R., Herbert, C.P., & Best, A. (2013). Networks to strengthen health systems for chronic disease prevention. American Journal of Public Health, 103(11), e39-e48.
10. Best, A., Greenhalgh, T., Saul, J., Lewis, S., Carroll, S., & Bitz, J. (2012). Large system transformation in health care: A realist review and evaluation of its usefulness in a policy context. Milbank Quarterly, 90(3), 421–456.
11. Holmes, B.J., Finegood, D.T., Riley, B.L., & Best, A. (2012). Systems thinking in dissemination and implementation research. In R. Brownson, G. Colditz, & E.Proctor (eds). Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
12. Finegood, D.T., Johnston, L., Giabbanelli, P., Deck, P., Frood, S., Burgos-Liz, L., Steinberg, M., & Best, A. (2012). Complexity and systems thinking in public health. In L.W. Green (ed). Oxford Bibliographies Online: Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press.
13. Riley, B.L., Norman, C.D., & Best, A. (2012). Knowledge integration in public health: A rapid review using systems thinking. Evidence and Policy, 8(4), 417-432.
14. Swanson, R.C., Abbas, K.M., Atun, R, Best, A., Bradley, E., Cattaneo, A., Chundaras, S., Katsaliaki, K., Meier, B.M., & Mustafee, N. (2012). Rethinking health systems strengthening: Key systems thinking Tools and strategies for transformational change. Health Policy and Planning, 27, 54-61.
15. Willis, C.D., Riley, B.L., Best, A., & Ongolo-Zogo, P. (2012). Strengthening health systems through networks: the need for measurement and feedback. Health Policy and Planning, 27, 62-66.
16. Bell, S., Benneyan, J., Best, A., Birnbaum, D., Borycki, E.M., Gallagher, T.H., Goeschel, C., Jarvis, B., Kushniruk, A.W., Mazor, K.M., Pronovost, P., & Sheps, S. (2011). Mandatory public reporting: Build it and who will come? Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 164, 346-52.
17. Best. A. (2011). Systems thinking and health promotion. American Journal of Health Promotion, 25(4), pp. eix-ex.
18. Best, A., & Saul, J. (2011). Systems thinking: A different window on the world of implementation and global exchange of behavioral medicine evidence. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1, 361-363.
19. Herbert, C., & Best, A. (2011). It’s a matter of values: Partnership for innovative change. Healthcare Papers, 11(2), 31-37.
20. Norman, C.D., Best, A., Mortimer, S., Huerta, T., Buchan, A. (2011). Evaluating the science of discovery in complex health systems. American Journal of Evaluation, 32(1), 70-84.
21. Willis, C., Mitton, C., Gordon, J., & Best, A. (2011). Systems thinking for systems change. BMJ Quality and Safety, doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2011-000482
22. Best, A., & Holmes, B. (2010). Systems thinking, knowledge and action: Towards better models and methods. Evidence and Policy, 6(2), 145-159.
24. Douglas, R.E., & Best, A. (2010). A shared vision for public health: Then and now. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101(4), 273-274.
25. Terpstra, J.L., Best, A., Abrams, D., & Moor, G. (2010). Interdisciplinary health sciences and health systems. In R. Frodeman, C. Mitcham, & J. Klein (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
26. Best, A., Terpstra, J.L., Moor, G., Riley, B., Norman, C.D., & Glasgow, R.E. (2009). Building knowledge integration systems for evidence-informed decisions. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 23(6), 627-641.
27. deSavigny, D., Adams, T., Campbell, S., & Best, A. (2009). Systems thinking: What it is and what it means for health systems. In D. deSavigny, & T. Adams (eds). Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening. Geneva: World Health Organization.
28. Norman, C.D. & Best, A. (2009). Commentary on ‘Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescents’. Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal, 4, (2), 890-892.