Development Toolkit

The development toolkit is a set of resources for people developing decision aids.

Ottawa Patient Decision Aid Development eTraining (ODAT) an online, self-guided tutorial that takes people through the Ottawa patient decision aid development process.

The International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) Collaboration established an internationally approved set of criteria to determine the quality of patient decision aids.

Reporting Guidelines titled the SUNDAE Checklist (Standards for UNiversal reporting of patient Decision Aid Evaluation studies) has 26-items and is intended for authors and researchers designing and reporting on studies evaluating patient decision aids. These guidelines are available on the EQUATOR reporting guidelines website.

We lead an international group of researchers in the ongoing systematic review of patient decision aids for health-related treatment or screening decisions.

Developers can use the Decision Aid Library Inventory (DALI) system to register their decision aids. They can also download the current Complete Inventory to see what other developers are working on now and have worked on in the past.

Decisional Needs Assessment in Populations
Originally written in 1999 and updated in 2013, this workbook outlines the steps in completing an assessment of the decision making needs of a population.

Other Archived Ottawa Resources

Archived 2003 Guidelines for Decision Aid Development
This workbook will guide you through the process of developing and evaluating a decision aid. Last updated in 2003, still available here for historical reasons.

Archived 2002 Annotated Bibliography of Shared Decision Making
An annotated bibliography of key references on shared decision making. Last updated in 2002, still available here for historical reasons. New references are included directly on associated web pages.

Last modified: 2018-08-14.