Health Services & Policy Research Support Network

BC’s health system is complex. Ensuring the system is responsive and efficient requires innovation informed by the best available evidence.

The Health Services & Policy Research Support Network (HSPRSN) fosters innovative research with the goal of improving our health system. Working with government, academic, and health system stakeholders, MSFHR coordinates programs through HSPRSN that evaluate the impact of health redesign and change initiatives. These programs support:

  • Research into priority areas
  • Building capacity for health services research
  • Increasing collaboration between researchers and decision makers

HSPRSN launched in 2005, supported by $16 million in funding from the BC Ministry of Health. It is guided by a steering council that provides consultation and strategic direction. Most of the HSPRSN programs have come to an end, except for the Partnership Program where the remaining funds have been awarded to successful applicants to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) 2015-2016 competition.


Active Programs

  • Partnership Program
    HSPRSN Partnership awards provide matching funds to BC researchers applying to peer-reviewed national or international competitions that address BC health services and policy research priorities.

Completed Programs

  • Health Authority Capacity Building Program
    This one-time funding program supported BC’s health authorities to develop plans for more effective engagement in research and evaluation. Plans were intended to answer important questions specific to each health region, respond to provincial issues affecting multiple regions, build capacity for coordinated planning, and allow for staged implementation. The program ended in March 2010. Read the Health Authority Capacity Building Program report.
  • Health Human Resources Research Program
    While many innovative approaches to the deployment of health workers take place in the health system, very few are documented or evaluated. To better understand the impact of these innovations on health outcomes, MSFHR supported research into health human resources focused in three priority areas: ways to better employ existing providers, new models of staffing, and new models of practice. Learn more.
  • Investigative Teams Program
    Five investigative teams were funded to partner with policy-makers in developing research in priority areas: acute care redesign, chronic disease management, health human resources, home and community care, and mental health. The program ended in March 2010. Read the Investigative Teams Program evaluation report.
  • Research Operating Grants Program
    This program offered funds to answer specific research questions in eight priority areas: acute care redesign, chronic disease management, clinical outcomes measurement, impact of health system changes on specific populations, health human resources, home and community care, mental health, and patient safety. Research proposals were required to contain plans for partnering with policy-makers to support dissemination and uptake of findings. Explore the funded projects.

Contact: 
Director, Strategy
604.714.6349
Reports

MSFHR worked with the health authorities to evaluate the impact of this program which ended on March 31, 2010.

MSFHR worked with the health authorities to evaluate the impact of this program which ended on March 31, 2010.

MSFHR worked with the five investigative teams to evaluate the impact of this program which ended on March 31, 2010. This report summarizes the outcomes of this assessment.

MSFHR worked with the five investigative teams to evaluate the impact of this program which ended on March 31, 2010.

This report provides a summary of the HSPRSN Partnership Program since its inception in 2005 to March 2010.  The report includes the background of the program, the partners, data on the partnership awards, research outcomes, and the advantages/disadvantages of the program.

This report summarizes the collective impact of programs undertaken by the Health Services and Policy Research Support Network (HSPRSN)