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Research Roadmap

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

The Research Roadmap, championed by PHSA’s Research Leadership Council (RLC) and developed through extensive 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

Vision: A sustainable, collaborative research enterprise that enables research and furthers PHSA's mission. 

The Research Roadmap is not intended to replace the strategic plans developed by PHSA research institutes, which address their specific research priorities.

Initiatives & projects

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. 

‎Build PHSA scientist and health research workforce.

  • Project 1.1 Establish a model to increase protected time for clinician researchers.
  • Project 1.2 Establish a PHSA-wide academic scientist compensation system working with the Health Employers Association of BC.

‎Simplify and streamline operational processes and policies to enable research.

  • Project 2.1 Streamline research HR hiring approval processes, enable grant-funded regular positions and clarify requirements for posting non-contract positions.
  • Project 2.2 Streamline research procurement and establish group purchasing of equipment, supplies, software and service contracts purchased with PHSA funding to generate collective savings.
  • Project 2.3 Engage the Provincial Digital Health and Information Services team on specific strategies to address research priorities.

Leverage and scale research institute tools, resources and supports to strengthen the cross-PHSA research enterprise.

  • Project 3.1 Assess and implement opportunities to share core facilities across research institutes.
  • Project 3.2 Explore and assess opportunities to share research administration supports across research institutes.
  • Project 3.3 Implement prioritized opportunities to share research administration supports across research institutes.

Modernize provincial compliance approaches to strengthen the cross-PHSA research environment.

  • Project 4.1 Advance standardized approach to privacy and institutional review working with provincial partners.
  • Project 4.2 Establish single delegated review by PHSA research ethics boards for PHSA population studies.

Strengthen clinical research and clinical trial environment.

  • Project 5.1 Enhance clinical trial quality infrastructure to serve all PHSA programs.
  • Project 5.2 Implement PHSA-wide Clinical Trial Management System.
  • Project 5.3 Negotiate and agree on principles and processes to improve researchers’ relationships with and access to laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy services. 
  • Project 5.4 Assess gaps in access to clinical research and/or clinical trial support personnel and implement strategies to fill identified gaps.

Strengthen pan-PHSA research in genomics and in mental health.

  • Project 6.1 Assess and advance opportunities for pan-PHSA coordinated genomics research, and pan-PHSA coordinated mental health research through regular RLC discussion.
  • Project 6.2 Strengthen provincial research connections in mental health through the BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services Research Institute.

Improve the experience and success of trainees and early career researchers across PHSA.

  • Project 7.1 Scale existing trainee and early career research education and resources across PHSA (e.g., shared webinars, data training).
  • Project 7.2 Work across research institutes to increase the number of and support for research trainees from underrepresented communities. 

Strengthen access to, extraction of and linkage of clinical and administrative data to enable clinical research and idea generation.

  • Project 8.1 Leverage work underway through BC Children's Hospital Research Institute to explore and develop plans to establish an integrated and scalable research data lake linkable to PHSA’s Platform for Analytics & Data (PANDA).
  • Project 8.2 Improve research access to and use of CST Cerner patient chart.
  • Project 8.3 Develop and implement a PHSA data governance framework that enables timely access and analysis of data for research.

Advance health system impact of research.

  • Project 9.1 Develop and implement strategies to increase connections between health researchers and health system priorities.
  • Project 9.2 Create a PHSA-wide approach to “knowledge translation to implementation” and identify resources required to implement it.
  • Project 9.3 Leverage the work of existing communications teams to increase PHSA research communications.
  • Project 9.4 ‎Develop and implement a communication strategy to build and strengthen a learning health system culture across PHSA. 

Develop PHSA-wide tools, mechanisms, resources and strategies designed to support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the conduct of research. 

  • Project 10.1 Create and/or share tools and strategies to facilitate and increase research access and participation for more people from diverse and underrepresented communities.
  • Project 10.2 Establish clear policy direction and tools/resources to support collection of ethnicity data for all PHSA-led research.
  • Project 10.3 Share and scale available inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) learning, experience, tools and strategies across the PHSA research community.
  • Project 10.4 Assess the need for and opportunities to provide research specific training for equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Project 10.5 Develop a training strategy to meet identified needs.

Co-develop with Indigenous partners a  purposeful, protective and integrated Indigenous health research strategy.

  • Project 11.1 Partner with Indigenous health research chairs, First Nations Health Authority and Indigenous leaders to identify how PHSA can best support building Indigenous health research leadership, capacity and cultural sensitivity.
  • Project 11.2 Design and implement a strategy based on learnings from partnership‎.

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