IHSPR Newsletter – March 2015

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Message from Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

This month it gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of the Pan-Canadian Vision & Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research (HSPR). A number of Canadian health care organizations and stakeholders have worked hard to inform a set of shared priorities and a true vision that will guide HSPR.

It includes a number of important areas to which IHSPR is already contributing. We’re recognizing and supporting our skilled set of HSPR professionals with awards like the Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services Research.

The eHealth Innovations Partnership Program aligns well with the express need for developing and expanding on novel technology to improve upon quality and efficient person centred care.

Healthy aging in the community is an important and trending health care issue, also addressed as a key HSPR priority area. The recently launched Canadian comparisons of the Commonwealth Fund 2014 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults creates a basis for understanding the challenges and opportunities to improve the health system to meet their needs.

I encourage you to fully explore the vision and strategy and look forward to working collaboratively to advance HSPR across Canada.

— Robyn Tamblyn
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Launch: Pan-Canadian Vision & Strategy for Health Services & Policy Research


To position Canada as a global leader in health services and policy research that optimizes health and health system outcomes, the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR), provincial health research funding organizations, and many of Canada’s health charities are working together and with the community to develop the first-ever pan-Canadian vision and strategy for health services and policy research (HSPR).

Following a strategic analysis of Canada’s assets and resources in HSPR (Phase 1 Report and complementary asset map), the final vision and strategy is now complete.

Figure 1. Total Health Services and Policy Research Investment across Canada (2007/8 to 2011/12)

Figure 1: long description

Vision & Strategy Launch

The document sets out a vision, a suite of strategic directions and research priorities for Canada’s HSPR community, developed by Canada’s HSPR and stakeholder community. It establishes a context against which the HSPR community can plan, collaborate and act to optimize HSPR investments, strengthen the HSPR enterprise and position Canada as a leader in the evidence-informed improvement of health and health system outcomes.

Read the Executive Summary
Read the full Pan-Canadian Vision & Strategy

Canadian Health Services & Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA)

An exciting outcome of the Strategy Development work has been the establishment of a Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA) of partners, stakeholders and HSPR leaders who are committed to advancing the vision, strategic directions and research priorities outlined in this document.

The Alliance will aim to bring greater collaboration and coordination to HSPR activity and investment in Canada and optimize the relevance and impact of HSPR investments in high-priority areas of pan-Canadian interest. This Alliance provides an important vehicle for advancement of the Pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research.

To learn more about this initiative and to join the Alliance, contact Jessica Nadigel.

Figure 2. Health Services and Policy Research Priorities and Strategic Directions

Figure 2: long description

IHSPR Policy Rounds – Winter 2015

CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Policy Rounds are webinars that disseminate research results and foster knowledge exchange among researchers, health care policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders.

Watch the winter 2015 IHSPR Policy Rounds

Caring for the Caregivers: Developing a Caregivers Strategy for Ontario

This policy round will describe the research and policy implications of a Healthcare Renewal Policy Analysis research grant focused on informing a caregivers’ strategy for Ontario. The project engaged researchers, policy makers, care providers and caregivers in consultations to explore how best to support caregivers.


  • Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals
  • Dr. Geoffrey M. Anderson, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Janice Keefe, Mount Saint Vincent University and Employment and Social Development Canada

Policy Levers to Advance Innovative Care Delivery via Team-Based Primary Health Care in Canada

This policy round will describe the findings of a policy synthesis and an expert panel assessment examining system barriers to innovative care delivery and team-based primary health care in Canada.


  • Esther Suter, Alberta Health Services
  • Louise Nasmith, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Caroline McAuley, Alberta Health Services


IHSPR Awards

2015 CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research
Application deadline: May 1, 2015

The CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery.


To recognize the exemplary efforts and activities of an exceptional individual who has made an outstanding contribution to health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery in Canada.

Funds available – $ 25,000 for one grant
Grant duration – One year

Learn more about the 2014 Winner - Dr. Tom Noseworthy
Read the News Release

CIHR Awards

CIHR Researchers of the Year 2014 – Dr. Arthur Slutsky (St. Michael's Hospital)
CIHR Knowledge Translation Award 2014 – Dr. Bonnie Stevens (Hospital for Sick Children)

eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP)

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2015
Application Deadline: June 3, 2015

eHIPP will focus on development of inter-sectoral collaboration between healthcare innovation communities (researchers, clinicians, patients and decision makers) and industry to help realize the value of existing innovations. The expectation is for collaborative teams (healthcare innovation community + industry) to address gaps and inefficiencies in the care of two priority populations:

  • Early detection of and intervention for youth (11-25 years of age) with mental health conditions
  • Seniors with complex care needs in their homes and communities

1:1 Partner Matching
Maximum CIHR amount per award – $187,500 per year
Grant duration – Four years

View the full funding opportunity
View the FAQs
Watch the webinars

Workshops are scheduled for:

Funding News


Other Grants

  • Team Grant : National Hepatitis C Collaborative Network
    Application Deadline: March 23, 2015

    The primary objective of this National hepatitis C Collaborative Network is to create a cohesive, collaborative research program in Canada that links researchers, knowledge users and decision makers from multiple pillars and jurisdictions across the country.

    Funds available – $4,250,000 for approximately 1 grant
    Maximum amount per year – $850,000
    Grant duration – 5 years

  • eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP)
    Registration Deadline: April 1, 2015
    Application Deadline: June 3, 2015
  • Team Grant : Late Life Issues
    Letter of Intent Deadline: April 13, 2015
    Application Deadline: December 14, 2015

    The goal of the Late Life Issues Initiative is to help build knowledge and capacity in this field of research, create high-quality evidence to inform health care professionals, and policy-makers. The Late Life Issues teams will ensure that Canada emerges as a leader in this area, creating evidence in areas where there is currently limited research evidence.

    Applicants must secure new partnership contributions from partners equivalent to a minimum of 20% of the total amount requested from CIHR.

    Funds available – $2,800,000 for approximately 2 grants
    Maximum amount per grant – $700,000 per year
    Grant duration – 4 years
    *Development grants available

  • Catalyst Grant : HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research
    Application Deadline: April 15, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

    • support partnerships between the community and researchers to facilitate the conduct of community-based research; and/or
    • develop future applications for more comprehensive community-based research grants.

    Funds available – $198,000 for approximately 6 grants
    Maximum amount per award – $33,000
    Grant duration – One year

  • Knowledge Synthesis Grant
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • To increase the uptake/application of synthesized knowledge in decision-making by supporting partnerships between researchers and knowledge users to produce scoping reviews and syntheses that respond to the information needs of knowledge users in all areas of health;
    • To extend the benefits of knowledge synthesis to new kinds of questions relevant to knowledge users and areas of research that have not traditionally been synthesized.

      Funds available – $1,500,000 for approximately 15 grants
      Maximum amount per knowledge synthesis – $100,000
      Maximum amount per scoping review – $50,000
      Grant duration – One year

Training and Salary Awards/Fellowships

  • Undergraduate : CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award (2015-2016)
    Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • to provide research training to support students in health professional degree programs leading to licensure in Canada;
    • to help develop the next generation of clinical researchers.

    Funds available – $1,000,000
    Maximum stipend per award – $5,961
    Grant duration – 13 weeks

Funding Decisions

Learn about CIHR funding decisions
2015 Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program competition

Other: Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse - Nodes
Health services and policy research focused

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Cameron Wild, Allan Aubry; Colleen Dell, David Hodgins (University of Alberta) Prairie CRISM Node Proposal

Operating Grant: Pathways Implementation Research Team – Component 1 (Diabetes/Obesity)

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Donna Kurtz, Leslie Bryant MacLean, Danielle Wilson (University of British Columbia) Embracing A Vision for Indigenous Health: Community Access to Prevention, Self-management and Integrated Diabetes Services in the BC Interior

Team Grant: Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
Health services and policy research focused

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Christina Zarowsky, Naomi Levitt (Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)) IINDIAGO (Integrated INtervention for DIAbetes rIsk after GestatiOnal diabetes) An integrated health system intervention aimed at reducing type 2 diabetes risk in disadvantaged women after gestational diabetes in South Africa

Catalyst Grant: Ethics (2014-2015)

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Jennifer Baumbusch (University of British Columbia) Awake During Surgery: Relational Ethics in the Operating Room
Ariel Ducey (University of Calgary) Moral Economies, Ethics, and Improving Health Care: A Qualitative Study of the Adoption of Devices and Procedures in Pelvic Floor Surgery
Melissa Park, Raphael Lencucha (McGill University) A mixed qualitative study on the ethics of transforming care: Examining the development and implementation of Canada's first mental health strategy
Derek Ruths, Nicholas King (McGill University) Transparent Science: using computational tools to assess conflicts of interest and their consequences in biomedical publications

Team Grant: Bariatric Care - Comparative health services research to improve management of obesity:

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Geoff Ball, Catherine Birken, Jill Hamilton, Nicholas Holt, Louise Masse, Katherine Morrison (University of Alberta) Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children (Team ABC3)

How Canada Compares: Results From The Commonwealth Fund 2014 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults

Content repurposed from CIHI media release.

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable.

Within Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI); CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research collaborated to produce a document comparing Canada’s performance, compared to 10 international countries.

The 2014 International Health Policy Survey included patients age 55 and older from 11 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. More than 5,300 Canadians completed the survey. The companion report, How Canada Compares, provides provincial-level results for the first time as well as new analysis to highlight where Canadian results are significantly different from the international average.

IHSPR will engage the community in future 2015 activities using this important data.

To learn more, read the full report and view infographics.

Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN)

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) offers researchers access to an array of social, economic and health microdata that are collected and administered by Statistics Canada. Researchers who have approved projects and security clearance have access to the data in secure computer laboratories (Research Data Centres or RDCs) located on 26 university campuses across Canada and in one research institute in Yellowknife.

While the RDCs offer data in many areas of the social sciences, approximately half of all projects undertaken using the RDCs have a health focus and rely on health-related data from Statistics Canada, including the following surveys and collections:

  • Canadian Health Measures Survey
  • Canadian Community Health Survey
  • National Population Health Survey
  • Mental Health Survey
  • Nutrition Survey
  • Healthy Aging Survey
  • Canadian Cancer Registry
  • Vital Statistics
  • Experiences with Primary Health Care Survey
  • Canadian Survey on Disability
  • Survey on Living with Chronic Disease in Canada
  • Survey on Living with Neurological Disease in Canada

Visit the CRDCN web site for a complete list of the data sets that are available and for information on how to access RDC Data.


  • Thematic Program on Statistical Inference, Learning, and Models for Big Data

    This thematic program emphasizes both applied and theoretical aspects of statistical inference, learning and models in big data. Workshops throughout the year will emphasize deep learning, statistical learning, visualization, networks, health and social policy, and physical sciences.
    It is expected that all activities will be webcast.

  • Institutes Modernization

    Governing Council has now completed the Institutes Model Review. As mandated in the CIHR Act and as recommended by the 2011 International Review Panel, this review assessed the structure, role, policies, financial framework and slate of the CIHR Institutes. Governing Council wishes to thank everyone for their contribution to this important process and, in particular, the members of the External and Internal Working Groups for their thoughtful reports and recommendations.

    Update message from the President
    Questions & Answers

  • Five-day workshop on finding and using research evidence (June 15-19, 2015)

    Registration is now open for a five-day training workshop provided by McMaster Health Forum, that will support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers in learning how to find and use research evidence in their work to reform, renew or strengthen health systems, and to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

    The summer session of the ‘Finding and Using Research Evidence to Inform Decision-making in Health Systems and Organizations’ workshop will be held June 15-19, 2015  at McMaster University. Registration is open until May 31.

    All Health Systems Learning courses are available in multiple formats, which can be customized to suit your individual and organizational needs. Popular formats include the online course, alone or in combination with a customized in-person workshop, and Forum-hosted training workshops like the one planned for June. For more information, please visit Health Systems Learning or contact us at mhf@mcmaster.ca.

Knowledge Translation: EIHR Portal

The Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Portal now contains over 1000 documents (federal/provincial/territorial) on various Canadian healthcare renewal topics/priority areas.

IHR Portal News:

  • 1208 documents
  • November: HealthCareCAN joins EIHR Portal Partner membership
    December: EIHR Portal feature in HealthCare Policy Journal (contact Hawa Kombian for more information)
  • Twitter accounts signal updates/document additions: @EIHRportal @portailRSSDP

User Profiles:

  • International - 801
  • Canada - 1007

  • Researcher - 24%
  • Professional - 20%
  • Policymaker - 18%
  • Student - 16%
  • Manager - 10%
  • Other - 12%

Top Accessed Documents:

EIHR Portal Title
October 2014 Examples of health literacy in practice [British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon] [CPHA]
November 2014 Report on the state of public health in Canada, 2014: Public health in the future [Public Health Agency of Canada]
Décembre 2014 Measuring Up. A yearly report on how Ontario's health system is performing [Ontario] [QSS]
Roundtable on real world evidence. System readiness – Are we ready to use routinely collected data to improve health system performance? Summary report – September 2014 [Federal/national] [IHE]

Learn more about the EIHR Portal, contact hse@mcmaster.ca to submit organizational documents for inclusion.


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