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Research Roadmap

For the first time, PHSA has created a strategic plan aimed at strengthening its overall research enterprise.

The three year roadmap, championed by PHSA’s Research Leadership Council (RLC), and developed with extensive stakeholder engagement, aims to strengthen the overall PHSA research enterprise through collective and coordinated efforts that:

  • Strengthen alignment with clinical priorities       
  • Optimize investment in research
  • Remove barriers
  • Enable scaling and sharing of resources, and
  • Strengthen shared infrastructure and expertise.

The Roadmap includes 32 projects supporting 11 priority initiatives. 

Collectively, these efforts present a strategic, pragmatic, and actionable path for strengthening PHSA's ability to deliver on its mandate to conduct world-class research. The table below shows the 11 priority initiatives and their associated projects. Updates on the projects will be provided as they become available.

Vision: A sustainable, collaborative research enterprise that enables research and furthers PHSA's mission. 
  • Establish a model to increase protected time for clinician researchers.
  • Establish a PHSA-wide scientist/research compensation system working with HEABC.
  • Streamline research HR hiring approval processes, enable grant-funded regular positions, and clarify requirements for posting non-contract positions.
  • Streamline research procurement and establish group purchasing of equipment, supplies, software, and service contracts purchased with PHSA funding to generate collective savings. 
  • Engage IMITS on specific strategies to address research priorities
  • Engage IMITS on specific strategies to address research priorities.
  • Explore and assess opportunities to share RI research administration supports (e.g., training).
  • Implement prioritized opportunities to share RI research administration supports.

  • Advance standardized approach to privacy and institutional review working with provincial partners.
  • Establish single delegated review by PHSA REBs for PHSA population studies.‎
  • Implement PHSA-wide Clinical Trial Management System.
  • Negotiate and agree on principles and processes to improve researchers’ relationships with and access to laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy services. 
  • Assess and advance opportunities for pan-PHSA coordinated genomics research, and pan-PHSA coordinated mental health research through regular RLC discussion.
  • Strengthen provincial research connections in mental health through BCMHSUSRI.‎
  • Scale existing trainee and early career research education and resources across PHSA (e.g., shared webinars, data training).‎
  • Leverage work underway through BCCHRI to explore and develop plans to establish an integrated and scalable research data lake linkable to PANDA.
  • Improve research access to and use of CST Cerner patient chart .
  • Develop and implement a PHSA data governance framework that enables timely access and analysis of data for research. 
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase connection between health researchers and health system priorities.
  • Create a PHSA-wide approach to “knowledge translation to implementation” and identify resources required  to  implement it.
  • Leverage work of existing Communication teams to increase PHSA research communications.

  • Create/share tools and strategies to facilitate and increase research access and participation for more people from diverse and under-represented communities.
  • Establish clear policy direction and tools/resources to support collection of ethnicity data for all PHSA-led research.
  • Share and scale available IDEA learning, experience, tools and strategies across the PHSA research community.
  • Assess need for and opportunities to provide research specific training for equity, diversity, inclusion.
  • Develop training strategy to meet identified needs.
  • Partner with Indigenous health research chairs, FNHA and Indigenous leaders  to identify how PHSA can best support building Indigenous health research leadership, capacity and cultural sensitivity.
  • Design and implement strategy based on learnings from partnership‎.
The Roadmap is not intended to replace the strategic plans developed by PHSA research institutes, which address their specific research priorities.

SOURCE: Research Roadmap ( )
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