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Table 1 The characteristics of network actors in three public health units who responded to baseline and/or follow up surveys

From: Implementation of evidence-informed practice through central network actors; a case study of three public health units in Canada

  Unit A Unit B Unit C
Central (n = 28, 9%) Others (n = 288) Central (n = 31, 6%) Others (n = 503) Central (n = 9, 5%) Others (n = 176)
Female (%) 23 (82%) 259 (90%) 26 (84%) 456 (91%) 8 (89%) 142 (81%)
Years of public health experience; mean (SD) 13 (9)* 10 (8) 17 (7) 14 (9) 15 (8) 12 (9)
Educational degree Diploma 0 41 (14%) 0 67 (13%) 0 57 (32%)
Baccalaureate 11 (39%) 173 (60%) 6 (19%) 259 (52%) 3 (33%) 104 (59%)
Masters 16 (57%) 68 (24%) 21 (68%) 151 (30%) 6 (66%) 14 (8%)
Doctorate 1 (4%) 5 (1.7%) 4 (13%) 16 (3%) 0 1 (0.5%)
Managerial Highly engaged 4 (14%) 10 (3%) 0 1 3 (33%) 3 (2%)
Not engaged 2 (7%) 12 (4%) 11 (35%) 48 (10%) 0 16 (9%)
EIDM professional Highly engaged 8 (29%) 5 (2%) 3 (10%) 6 (1%) - -
Not engaged 2 (7%) 9 (3%) 11 (35%) 77 (15%) - -
Other Highly engaged 5 (18%) 21 (7%) 0 3 (0.5%) 2 (22%) 10 (6%)
Not engaged 7 (25%) 230 (80%) 6 (19%) 463 (92%) 4 (44%) 144 (82%)
Baseline EBP implementation score mean (SE) 14.5 (7.4)** 9.5 (8.5) 13.5 (6.8)* 9.4 (10) 9.8 (7.3) 7.5 (7)
Degree in friendship network 3.6 (2.1)*** 1.8 (1.4) 3 (1.7)** 2 (1.4) 3 (0.8)** 1.9 (1.1)
  1. *:p < 0.05, **:p < 0.01, ***:p < 0.001
  2. Central actors were defined as the staff who were at the 4th quartile of centrality in information seeking and expertise recognition networks: Unit A (in-degree of 3+ in the information-seeking network and 1+ in the expertise-recognition), Unit B (in-degree of 3+ in the information-seeking network and 2+ in the expertise-recognition), unit C (in-degree of 2+ in the information-seeking network and 2+ in the expertise-recognition)