Listening for Direction: A National Consultation on Health Services and Policy Issues

The Listening for Direction process is designed to identify the important and pressing issues in the management and organization of health service delivery that would benefit from an investment in research. These issues are then "translated" into certain broad theme areas with examples of researchable questions in terms of synthesis and new research.

Listening for Direction III (2007)

In 2007, eight national organizations partnered for the third round of Listening for Direction to identify short-term (one to two years) and longer-term (three to 10 years) health system priorities. With additional financial support from Health Canada, the consultations were extended for the first time to include the northern territories - the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Final report 2007

This report summarizes the 10 themes which are priority areas for research funding and policy development by numerous organizations throughout Canada.

Co-strategic leads


  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
  • Health Canada
  • Statistics Canada

Listening for Direction II (2004)

Listening for Direction II was launched in November 2003, and consisted of six consultation workshops held throughout Canada in January and February 2004. LfD II included the same partner organizations as LfD I as well as the Health Statistics Division of Statistics Canada. The final LfD II report, Listening for Direction II: National Consultation on Health Services and Policy Issues for 2004-2007, summarizes the 10 themes that were identified as priority areas for research funding and policy development by numerous organizations throughout Canada, for the period 2004-2007.

Listening for Direction (2001)

From January to March 2001, a national consultation was held to identify research themes for future applied health services and policy research, called Listening for Direction: A national consultation on health services and policy issues. Five organizations partnered together to lead the process, including the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), the CIHR-Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA), and the Advisory Committee on Health Services of the Conference of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers of Health. The main objective of this consultation was to help design research themes that respond to the short- and long-term needs of policy makers and managers in the health system over the next two to five years.

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