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Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.cc-arcc.ca
Tel.: 604-675-8000 ext. 7054 and 416-971-9800 ext. 13738
Email: arcc@cancercare.on.ca
Organization Leadership: Drs Jeffrey Hoch and Stuart Peacock, ARCC Co-Directors

Mandate

This pan-Canadian research centre has a mission to improve cancer control and the delivery of cancer care through interdisciplinary leadership in health economics, services, policy and ethics research, education, and knowledge translation. We aim to make improvements across the cancer control spectrum, from prevention, screening, and diagnosis, to treatment, rehabilitation, palliative care, and survivorship.

It is a partnership between the BC Cancer Agency, Cancer Care Ontario, the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. The founding funding partner is the Canadian Cancer Society.

Activities

ARCC enables and enhances significant research accomplishments by providing a platform for collaboration between researchers, clinicians, students and decision-makers. As independent investigators working together, they pursue a diverse, integrated program of health economics, services, policy and ethics research. The goal is to make advances by an interdisciplinary perspective, and to produce innovations in theory and practice.

Primary Focus

Health economics

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

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Health System Performance Research Network

Location: Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario
Website: www.hsprn.ca
Tel.: 416-946-5023 or 519-888-4620
Organization Leadership: n.a.

Mandate

This is “a university-based collaborative of investigators engaged in projects that aim to establish scientifically sound methods of measuring health system performance from a policy and provider perspective; promote the sharing of best practices among health service providers for improvement and, ultimately, enhance the quality of patient care; increase accountability through communication of performance; and improve the quality of the underlying data sources by promoting accessibility and decision-making based on measures drawn from data.”

Activities

The collaborative conducts research related to understanding, measuring, and promoting sustainable health systems.

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

  • Current Projects
    • Creating System-Level Performance Measures to Evaluate the Management of Patients Across the Health System Continuum
  • Past Projects
    • A Common Framework for Health System Performance
    • Governance Scorecards on Quality of Care and Patient Safety
    • Trending Health Human Resources Data for Managers
    • Incorporating Quality of Care Into Estimates of Hospital Efficiency
    • Evaluation of Primary Care Capitation Payment Models  

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Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation

Location: London, Ontario
Website: http://sites.ivey.ca/healthinnovation/
Tel.: 519-661-3206
Organization Leadership: Lori Turik, Executive Director

Mandate

The International Centre for Health Innovation is preparing health leaders with the skills they need to identify, assess, and facilitate the adoption of innovative technologies, systems, and processes that our health systems need in order to be sustainable.... [The Centre] is situated within the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.”

Activities

The Centre aims to “prepare health leaders who can identify, assess, and facilitate the adoption of innovative health care technologies, systems, and processes… provide students with hands-on experience via ‘health innovation projects’ that will themselves create momentum for change within the health system; create ‘living laboratories’ with health system partners, in both the public and private sectors, where innovations can be properly evaluated and best practices identified; [and] conduct and disseminate research that establishes the evidence base for health system innovations solutions that are applicable in the context of the Canadian health care system.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Laurentian University, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research

Location: Sudbury, Ontario / Thunder Bay, Ontario
Website: www.cranhr.ca
Tel.: 705-675-1151 ext. 4357 or 807-766-7264
Organization Co-Leadership: Bruce Minore (807-766-7264), Research Director, Lakehead site and John Hogerbirk, (705-675-1151 X3435) Research Director (Acting) & Senior Researcher, Laurentian site

Mandate

Its “mandate is to conduct interdisciplinary research on rural health with a view to improving health services and access to health care, particularly in rural and Northern communities, and enhancing our understanding of the health care system.”

Activities

Current projects focus on “the organization, delivery, and effectiveness of rural and Northern health services, as well as various health workforce issues.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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McMaster University, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Website: www.chepa.org
Tel.: 905-525-9140 ext. 22122
Organization Leadership: Michel Grignon, Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Mandate

The Centre’s mission is “to promote a collegial and supportive interdisciplinary environment that fosters excellence in acquiring, producing, and communicating socially relevant knowledge in the fields of health economics and health policy analysis.”

Activities

Research programs focus on these areas: “determinants of health and health inequalities, equity in health systems, health care financing and funding, health human resources and health professions, health technology assessment, knowledge transfer and exchange, public and community engagement, patient-centred care and shared decision-making, and values and ethics in health policy.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis, operations management and health human resources

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes No Yes

Relevant Research

Research conducted by members and staff of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) can be found in a range of journals and other publications that deal with health economics, health policy, and health treatments and care. The CHEPA website has a database of research from 1992 to the present that provides reference information.

  • Grignon M., Roadblocks to Reform: Beyond the Usual Suspects, 2012
  • K Cuff, Public and Private Health Care Financing With Alternate Public Rationing Rules (Hamilton: CHEPA, 2007).
  • J Abelson, Fiona A. Miller, and Mita Giacomini, “What Does It Mean to Trust a Health System: A Qualitative Study of Canadian Health Care Values,” Health Policy, 91, 1 (2009), 63–70.
  • Complex Problems or Simple Solutions? Enhancing Evidence-Based Economics to Reflect Reality (CHEPA Working Paper Series, Paper 09-05), 2009 (PDF)

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Nursing Health Services Research Unit

Location: Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario
Website: www.nhsru.com
Tel.: 416-946-7055 or 905-525-9140 ext. 22380
Organization Leadership: Diane Doran, Scientific Director, Toronto site; Andrea Baumann, Scientific Director, McMaster site

Mandate

“The Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) is a collaborative project of the University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and McMaster University, School of Nursing. Its objective is the build and sustain the nursing workforce for better patient outcomes.”

The NHSRU includes “a multidisciplinary group from nursing, business, labour studies, sociology, economics, health care policy, engineering, and anthropology…. [It] conducts research to provide the information necessary for evidence-based policy and management decisions about the effectiveness, quality, equity, utilization, and efficiency of health care and health services in Ontario, with a particular focus on nursing services.”

Activities

The NHSRU research program’s purpose is to: “formulate evidence based on descriptive studies about how to best build and sustain the nursing workforce for better patient outcomes. This multi-site program will also assist the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care by supporting collaboration between researchers and decision makers and ensuring accurate and timely data are available to inform evidence-based decision-making. The focus of the program is nursing health human resources, specifically the identification and analysis of priority issues in this field and the creation and operation of interventions relevant to these issues…Research activities are developed around three interrelated pillars: Nursing workforce, nursing environment, and nursing practice.”

Primary Focus

Health human resources

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Queen’s University, The Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Location: Kingston, Ontario
Website: http://chspr.queensu.ca/default.php
Tel.: 613-533-6387
Email: chspr@queensu.ca
Organization Leadership:
Michael Green (613-533-6000 ext. 77098), Interim Director

Mandate

The Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) “strives to enhance the credibility and capacity of Queen’s University to understand and contribute to the rapidly developing field of health services research, health program evaluation, and health policy analysis. By creating a centralized, multidisciplinary organization, CHSPR aims to establish a visible scholarly presence on a provincial, national, and international level…[CHSPR is] built around a core group of researchers trained in disciplines such as public policy, economics, epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, social psychology, medical sociology, and geography.”

Activities

The research focus is on three themes: health systems issues, care delivery in the community and the health care of special populations.

Primary Focus

Scientific research,economic analysis, operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

  • ME Green, “Performance Measurement in Primary Care in Ontario,” Collaborative Primary Health Care: Transitioning to the Next Generation. Presentation, Toronto, 2009.
  • I Cromwell, AP Johnson, H Walker, and W Mackillop, “The Cost of Waiting: Economic Benefit of Reduction in Waiting for Early Breast Cancer Radiotherapy,” International Society for Pharmoceconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) conference. Conference held at Orlando, 2009.

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Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM)

Location: Montréal, Quebec
Website: www.irspum.umontreal.ca/ENGLISH/tabid/98/language/fr-CA/Default.aspx
Tel.: 514-343-6185
Organization Leadership: Claude Viau, Directeur

Mandate

The mission of the IRSPUM is to produce advanced knowledge and to increase synergies between researchers from different disciplines to meet the current challenges and future public health, to develop partnerships with major media making and practice to promote critical reflection on practices and to support innovation in terms of interventions and research and ultimately to increase the capacity for action on use of knowledge and maximize the benefits of the results.

Activities

Among its several research areas, the IRSPUM focuses on Health Systems, aligning healthcare financing with health systems objectives, and strengthening the links between organizational patterns and optimized management and clinical practices.

Organization and Transformation of Healthcare and Services is concerned with analyzing the functioning of the healthcare system (analysis of policies, costs, methods of allocation and organization) and with analyzing the levers that allow transformations to proceed, and the performance benefits in the health system to be realized. The variable results from the reforms undertaken in the health system point to the importance of this field of research.

Primary Focus

Operations Management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

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University of Alberta, Parkland Institute

Location: Edmonton andCalgary, Alberta
Website: http://parklandinstitute.ca 
Tel.: 780-492-8558 or 403-270-9669
Organization Leadership: Ricardo Acuna, ExecutiveDirector

Mandate

“The Institute applies the Canadian scholarly tradition of political economy to understand challenges to the collective good of society and to identify effective responses to these challenges.”

Activities

Three broad based themes structure the Institute's research: revitalizing democracy and the role of government; building a just and sustainable economy; and improving quality of life.”

Primary Focus

Public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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University of British Columbia, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Website: www.chspr.ubc.ca 
Tel.: 604-822–4969
Email: enquire@chspr.ubc.ca
Organization Leadership: Core faculty members

Mandate

As a leader “of independent, policy-relevant research and graduate training, [the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research is] dedicated to fostering visionary research within a collaborative and innovative research environment. [Its] research engages and informs health policy and issues that matter to Canadians.”

Activities

“CHSPR pursues a diverse, multidisciplinary program of applied health services and policy research. [Its] work is independent, population based, and of direct policy relevance to health policy-makers…. Health services research focuses on improving the quality, accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care: helping to ensure that people get the right treatment at the right time.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis, operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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University of Calgary, Population Health Intervention Research Centre

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Website: www.ucalgary.ca/PHIRC 
Tel.: 403-210-9316
Email: phirc@ucalgary.ca
Organization Leadership: Melanie Rock, Director

Mandate

The Population Health Intervention Research Centre’s “mission is to provide the evidence that policy-makers need to put more resources into prevention…. [It conducts] applied and methodological research and …research training activities.”

Activities

“Research in the Centre is aimed primarily at improving the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve population health. [It is] exploring issues associated with community-based interventions under four themes: theory, methods, ethics, and economics.”

Primary Focus

Health prevention and promotion

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

  • A Shiell, “Still Waiting for the Great Leap Forward, “Health Economics, Policy and Law 4 (2009), 255–260.
  • A Shiell, P Hawe, R Perry, and S Matthias, “How Health Managers Understand Risk: The Implication for Portfolio Thinking in Health Systems,” Health, Risk and Society 11, 1 (2009), 71–85.

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University of Manitoba, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/units/mchp/ 
Tel.: 204-789-3819
Email: info@cpe.umanitoba.ca
Organization Leadership: Patricia Martens (204-789-3791), Director, Professor, Senior Research Scientist

Mandate

The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) “is a research centre within the Department of Community Health Sciences Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba that conducts…population-based research on health services, population and public health, and the social determinants of health.”

Activities

“The Centre develops and maintains the comprehensive population-based data repository on behalf of the Province of Manitoba for use by the local, national and international research community. MCHP promotes a collaborative environment to create, disseminate and apply its research. The work of MCHP supports the development of policy, programs and services that maintain and improve the health of Manitobans.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis, operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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University of Ottawa, R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.mclaughlincentre.ca 
Tel.: 613-562-5381
Email: cphra@uottawa.ca
Organization Leadership: Daniel Krewski, Director

Mandate

“The mission of the McLaughlin Centre is to build an academic program of excellence in research and training in population health risk studies, and to play a leadership role in developing effective population health risk management strategies and policies in Canada and abroad. Working with its partners, the ultimate goal of the Centre is to contribute to the enhancement of the health status of the Canadian population through effective risk management decision-making.”

Activities

The Centre has four objectives: “to build and strengthen the scientific foundation for population health risk assessment, using health risk science to elucidate the genetic and biological, environmental and occupational, and social and behavioural determinants of population health risk; to establish a foundation for evidence-based health risk policy analysis in Canada; to offer world-class trans-disciplinary training programs in population health risk assessment; and to inform population health risk management decision-making in Canada and abroad.”

Primary Focus

Risk analysis, population health

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

  • D Rainham, I McDowell, D Krewski, and M Sawada, “Conceptualizing the Healthscape: Contributions of Time Geography, Location Technologies and Spatial Ecology to Place and Health Research,” Social Science and Medicine 70 (2010), 668–676.
  • H Etchegary, L Lemyre, B Wilson, and D Krewski, “Is Genetic Makeup a Perceived Health Risk: Analysis of a National Survey of Canadians,” Journal of Risk Research 12, 2 (2009), 223–237.

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University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.hpme.utoronto.ca 
Tel.: 416-978-4326
Email: ihpme@utoronto.ca
Organization Leadership: Louise Lemieux-Charles (416-978-4210), Chair

Mandate

“The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) brings together leading researchers to develop and translate innovative ideas into evidence-informed practices that improve the planning, delivery, and outcomes of health care…. IHPME is developing Canada’s future health leaders and researchers through its outstanding educational programs.”

Activities

IHPME is making “significant contributions to knowledge in the fields of system design, performance management, comparative health systems, health policy and health economics, health services research, quality improvement, patient safety, observational and decision sciences research, clinical trials and knowledge transfer…. [In particular,] economic analysis provides a critical foundation for making and examining resource allocation decisions within the health sector, and between that sector and other sectors.”

Primary Focus

Operations management, public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

Current projects in health service research include the following:

  • Determinants of Quality in LTC Homes (contact: Walter P. Wodchis);
  • The Shift of Care Between Hospitals and Home/Community, 2011 (contact: Raisa Deber); and
  • Does “Value-Based Purchasing” Improve Care? 2009 (contact: Mark Dobrow).
  • Raisa Deber, Getting What We Pay For: Myths and Realities About Financing Canada’s Health Care System (Toronto: Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto, 2000).

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University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, Collaborative for Health Sector Strategy

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.healthsectorstrategy.ca 
Tel.: 416-978-4326
Organization Leadership: Brian R. Golden (416-946-8519), Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy, The University of Toronto, and The University Health Network, Executive Director, Collaborative for Health Sector Strategy

Mandate

“The Collaborative for Health Sector Strategy CHSS is a knowledge production and knowledge transfer centre located at the Rotman School of Management (RSM) at the University of Toronto….The central focus of the Centre is original research, intended to inform the management and organization of the health sector. A corollary of this focus is the Centre’s support of knowledge transfer and uptake, through education as well as scholarly and managerial publications. The Centre will act as a catalyst to exploit the concentration of academic and health sector talent in the private sector, at U of T (e.g., in medicine, law, economics, and bioethics, among others) and the Rotman School.”

Activities

“Among other issues, collaborating researchers of the Centre…conduct research on commercialization of life sciences products and services; the role of the private sector in health care delivery and technology; alliances (public-public, private-private, public-private); performance management, governance, and control; organizational redesign and system integration; and sustainability of public funding in Canadian health care.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

  • B Fine, B Golden, R Hannam, and D Morra, “Leading Lean: A Canadian Healthcare Leader’s Guide,” Healthcare Quarterly, 12, 3 (2009), 26–35.

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University of Toronto, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.theta.utoronto.ca
Tel.: 416-946-3718
Email: info@theta.utoronto.ca
Organization Leadership: Murray Krahn, Director

Mandate

“The Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative is a new multidisciplinary research collaboration based at the University of Toronto.”

Activities

“A leading source of expertise in health technology assessment (HTA), THETA’s activities [include] providing decision support to government by designing, implementing, and analyzing HTA studies for the Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS) of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Health Quality Ontario (HQO); advancing the scientific discipline of HTA through high-quality research; engaging in knowledge translation to disseminate knowledge of HTA among researchers, policy-makers and health service providers; and increasing HTA training and learning opportunities.”

Primary Focus

Health technology assessment

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

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University of Western Ontario, Systems Integration and Innovation Research Network

Location: London, Ontario
Website: www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/siiren/
Tel.: 519-858-5028
Organization Leadership: Moira Stewart

Mandate

The Systems Integration and Innovation Research Network (SIIREN) “is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Applied Health Research Network Initiative (AHRNI) and responsible for three program areas of research: Primary Health Care System, led by Moira Stewart; Transitions of Prevention and Care, led by Jonathan Sussman; [and] Systems of Prevention and Care, led by Gina Browne.”

Activities

The above “programs will develop and implement research initiatives that address key priorities and emerging system and social needs in their area.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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York University, National Network on Environments and Women’s Health

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.nnewh.org
Tel.: 416-736-5941
Organization Leadership: Anne Rochon Ford (416-736-2100 ext. 20713), Project Lead

Mandate

“The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH) is a Centre of Excellence committed to producing knowledge on the social, economic and physical environments that effect women’s health in order to facilitate policy change that will improve the lives of all Canadian women.”

Activities

“NNEWH’s primary research focus is on the impact of the environment on women’s health, but [it] has more recently incorporated the themes of women and health care reform and women and pharmaceuticals, with the inclusion of two working groups.”

Primary Focus

Advocacy groups (women, children, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities)

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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