A Pan-Canadian Vision & Strategy for
Health Services & Policy Research (HSPR)
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 partnered with the community to develop the first-ever pan-Canadian vision and strategy for HSPR.
The results of this collaboration generated a comprehensive Phase 1 Report to build the foundation, a complementary asset map, and the resulting Pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research.
A Portrait of Canada's Investments,
Assets and Resources
The Phase 1 Report – Building the Foundation and inaugural Asset Map represent an important first step in our understanding of the HSPR enterprise in Canada and, more specifically, the HSPR funding landscape.
Among many interesting and new insights, the analysis shows that Canada funds and conducts a substantial and increasing amount of HSPR, that HSPR investments reflect the priorities that have dominated health care agendas over the years, that HSPR capacity is clustered in certain regions across the country, and that greater investment may be needed in areas related to financing and sustainability, change management and scaling up innovation.
The asset map provides a visual portrait of Canada’s total investments in HSPR from 2007/08 – 2011/12, priority research areas, people and knowledge translation (as well as the funders), and allows for province-by-province analyses and breakdowns by academic institution.
The Asset Map and Phase 1 Report provided a foundation for development of the Pan-Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Strategy.
Partner organizations that contributed data for the Asset Map:
1. Canadian Institutes of Health Research
2. Canada Foundation for Innovation (web source)
3. Canada Research Chairs (web source)
4. Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada (web source)
5. Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (formerly the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation)
6. Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions
7. Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
8. Manitoba Health Research Council
9. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – BC
10. New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
11. Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research
12. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
13. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
14. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
15. Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
16. Canadian Diabetes Association
17. Alzheimer Society of Canada
18. Parkinson Society Canada
19. The Arthritis Society
20. Cystic Fibrosis Canada
CANADIAN CANCER RESEARCH ALLIANCE – CCRA
21. Canadian Cancer Society
22. Alberta Cancer Foundation
23. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
24. Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance
25. Cancer Care Ontario
26. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
27. Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario
Building the Vision and Strategy
Key informant interviews with over 50 leaders from across the country;
A survey of the HSPR community;
An invitational Priorities Forum (April 2014) which brought together federal and provincial research funders, policy and decision makers, health charities, health care professionals, patient representatives, and researchers to identify the critical elements of a high-performing HSPR enterprise in Canada and priorities for future investment;
A Café Scientifique to garner public input; and
A keynote plenary at the May 2014 Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference.
Partners involved in the development of the Pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research:
Alberta Cancer Foundation
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Research Alliance
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Cancer Care Ontario
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-term Care
Parkinson Society Canada
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
The Arthritis Society
Prepared by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in collaboration with Terrence Sullivan & Associates.
A Canadian Health Services and
Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA)
An exciting outcome of the April 2014 Priorities Forum was 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 the Pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research. The Alliance aims 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.