CIHR Strategic Plan 2020-2025
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is developing a new strategic plan to guide our operations and investments from 2020 to 2025. With this plan, we also seek to lay the foundation for a shared vision for how Canada’s health research ecosystem could look in the next 30 years.
The new strategic plan will build on lessons learned since our last strategic planning exercise in 2014. Principally, this means better aligning ourselves with others in the health research ecosystem. To that end, we began with a robust environmental scan of provincial and territorial health priorities. We are now actively engaging with a number of stakeholders as we develop the plan, including citizens, patients, charities, provincial funders, Indigenous communities, government departments, researchers, health professionals, trainees, and research administrators.
CIHR’s next strategic plan will benefit from extensive engagement with the health research community. In fact, this is the largest engagement process CIHR has ever undertaken. Highlights include:
- An online engagement portal which resulted in approximately 800 survey responses from the health research community
- A second, national survey of 10,000 Canadians on their health research priorities conducted in June and July
- Roundtables or meetings with national stakeholders:
- The Health Charities Coalition of Canada
- The National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations
- The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities
- The Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities
- The Canadian Association of Research Administrators
- Universities Canada
- The Health Support Committee of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health
- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Community organizations that have not traditionally been engaged with CIHR
- The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
- Engagement activities with Indigenous communities through the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health
- Targeted meetings with:
- As you can see from the list above, CIHR has engaged/will be engaging with a number of stakeholders. Now, the organization must turn its attention to analyzing all that we have heard. We will accomplish this with the help of staff well versed in qualitative research, complemented by the Expert Analysis Validation Panel. We expect to complete this work by the end of August.
- To ensure that we have interpreted the feedback and ideas that we have received correctly, we will produce a What We Heard report. We will share this report at the September 10 and 11, 2019, Consensus Workshop. The objective of the Workshop is to support a national dialogue with health research stakeholders to develop a shared sense of challenges and collectively identify potential ideas for CIHR’s upcoming strategic plan. We will publish the names of those in attendance at this workshop, as well as a report, on our website following the workshop.
- Throughout the fall and into the winter, we will develop and validate a set of potential priorities. We will then convene a Health Research Summit on December 13, 2019, where we will share our high-level potential priorities with health research stakeholders for discussion and validation. We will then develop and validate a draft strategic plan with our Scientific Council and Governing Council. We will also hold a second engagement event with CIHR staff to delve into the details of how we will operationalize the plan as an agency.
- Once we have approval from our Governing Council early in 2020, we will proceed with finalizing our new strategic plan. We will publish the new plan in June 2020, just in time for CIHR’s 20th anniversary.
Timeline for Strategic Planning
Timeline for Strategic Planning
May-June 2019: National engagement and all-staff townhall
July-August 2019: Engagement and townhall analysis
September 2019: Stakeholder workshops
October-November 2019: Workshops analysis
December 2019: National Health Research Summit
January 2020: All-staff townhall, Summit and townhall analysis
February 2020: Draft plan
March 2020: Operational Implementation Analysis
April 2020: Final plan
June 2020: Public launch
We are but one player in the health research ecosystem and we know we cannot develop our new strategic plan in isolation. That is why, in addition to our various engagement activities, we have created two advisory committees to help guide our work:
- The Citizen Advisory Committee will help ensure we benefit from the experimental knowledge, and have access to the voices of, citizens in the development of our new strategic plan.
- The Funding Partners Advisory Committee on Strategic Planning will help ensure we actively and meaningfully engage with our funding partners throughout the development of our new strategic plan.
Expert Analysis Validation Panel
In addition to the committees above, we have created an Expert Analysis Validation Panel. It will consist of four researchers specialized in qualitative analysis, coming from different research pillars, career stages, genders, regions, and institution types and sizes. The Panel’s purpose is to validate and advise on methodology, analysis techniques, data interpretation, and data visualization. Panel members do not perform any data analysis, but can have access to all data and analysis-related documents for consultation as required. During the period of data analysis and report writing, the Panel has weekly teleconference meetings with CIHR’s Project Lead, accompanied by other analysis participants as required. A report of the Panel’s activities and comments and CIHR’s response to them will feature in the analysis report. Finally, Panel members are invited to participate in the September Consensus Workshop and December Health Research Summit.
Dr. Martha MacLeod (University of Northern British Columbia)
Dr. Carole Estabrooks (University of Alberta)
Dr. Philippe Robaey (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard (University of Moncton)
If you have any questions about the development of CIHR’s new strategic plan, we invite you to write to us at email@example.com.
Previous strategic plans
- Health Research Roadmap II: Capturing Innovation to Produce Better Health and Health Care for Canadians – Strategic Plan 2014-15 – 2018-19
- CIHR Three-Year Implementation Plan and Progress Report 2013–15
- 2009/10 – 2013/14: Health Research Roadmap: Creating innovative research for better health and health care
- National Consultation Summary Report
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