Report, asset map build foundation for national HSPR strategy

20 March 2014

A strategic analysis of Canada’s assets and resources for health services and policy research (HSPR) represents an important step towards the first pan-Canadian vision and strategy for HSPR.

The analysis, led by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR), was recently published as a comprehensive report and complementary asset map. MSFHR president and CEO Dr. Diane Finegood served as a lead on the project in her capacity as co-chair of the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations.

Some of the report’s key findings include:

  • Canada funds and conducts a substantial and increasing amount of HSPR;
  • HSPR investments reflect the priorities that have dominated health care agendas over the past 10 years;
  • HSPR capacity is clustered in certain regions of the country;
  • greater investment may be needed in areas related to financing and sustainability, change management, and scaling up innovation.

In addition to the strategic analysis, CIHR-IHSPR conducted an online survey of Canadian researchers, as well as key informant interviews with more than 50 health research leaders from across the country

These consultation activities will inform a Priorities Forum in April 2014 that will bring together partners, policy leaders, citizens, and representatives of the HSPR community to develop the inaugural pan-Canadian vision and strategy. The resulting strategy is expected to position Canada as a global leader in HSPR that optimizes health and health system outcomes.