A locally driven collaborative Projets stream is being launched. This stream will help health units meet the Foundational Standard of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) by facilitating participation, engagement and uptake of applied research and program evaluation. The designated funding for this stream will allow public health units, associations, community partners, and researchers to work together to explore a topic, intervention, or program related to an identified critical public health issue. Support for this service stream include:
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The focus of this stream is on collaboration rather than competition. Each year, an assessment will be conducted to identify areas of interest relating to public health research and evaluation. The assessment will focus on the OPHS and on meeting the identified priorities of the public health system. Projets funded through this stream will be on a topic related to an area of interest identified in the assessment. Lignes directrices, processes, and criteria for decision-making are under development. It is also expected that a review committee will be created.
|2011 Locally Driven Collaborative Projets
Themes for 2011
The themes for the 2011 locally driven collaborative Projets are:
- Child and Youth Health
- Injury Prevention
- Public Health Practice
The themes for the Projets were selected through conducting an environmental scan. The scan included reviewing the following documents:
- Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS)
- 2009 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
- Council of Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) Major Issues Identified for the Next Five Years
- Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) Working Group subjects
- Results of a survey conducted in summer 2010 with public health stakeholders as part of developing the new program, including questions related to themes for developing possible regional hubs and communities of practices.
Topics identified in two or more of these documents were selected for the themes of the 2011 locally driven collaborative Projets.
Three facilitated collaboration workshops are being held to support the development of the 2011 locally driven collaborative Projets. These workshops will provide health units, researchers and other community partners the opportunity to come together face-to-face to brainstorm and align research and program evaluation efforts to generate and prioritize topics for the collaborative Projets.
The first workshop, Collaborating to Advance Public Health - Locally Driven Collaborative Projets, took place on April 5, 2011. Representatives from 31 health units (including 44 health unit staff) and 10 staff from universities, ministries and community partners participated in this inaugural event. A brief recap and a detailed report of the workshop including the appendices of the report are available.
The second collaboration workshop, From Possibilities to Projets is being planned for late June 2011. This workshop will develop and select applied research and program evaluation Projets for locally driven collaborative project funding. It will also introduce workshop participants to the tools and Ressources available to support the locally driven collaborative Projets. To learn more about the collaborative workshops, including the second workshops, review the presentation Locally Driven Collaborative Projets: Overview of the 2011 Process.
The locally driven collaborative Projets are founded on collaboration and transferability. To support the collaboration and transferability needs, a Échange des connaissances Specialist will assist in:
- Coordinating activities to set the framework, identify themes and topics for the locally driven collaborative Projets
- Facilitating the various collaboration opportunities
- Transforming practice, clinical, and management questions into research questions
- Fostering collaboration and partnerships by connecting public health units, associations, community partners, researchers, and PHO with similar interests
- Formulating the knowledge transfer strategy
- Promoting the progress and findings/outcomes of the various Projets.
Opportunities will be provided for public health units, associations, community partners, and researchers to come together to brainstorm, prioritize and align their research and program evaluation interests. The collaboration opportunities will allow for the generation and prioritization of topics for the locally driven collaborative Projets.
Collaborative Project Fund
Public health units, associations, community partners, and researchers with similar interests in a topic that relates to an identified critical public health issue will work together to put forth an application for funding. A maximum annual funding stream of $400,000 will be available. Projets will be awarded up to $100,000 per project and the funding can flow over one or two years. It is expected that Projets will cover a range of topics and may be of differing size/value.
Qualifying criteria for funding will focus on ensuring that each locally driven project will:
- Be a research or program evaluation activity
- Address a public health issue identified by the field
- Involve multiple health units
- Be transferable/applicable across the public health system
- Include funding for students
- Develop and implement a Échange des connaissances strategy.
Projets will be reviewed for:
- Relevance of project objectives
- Potential impact
- Appropriate methods and analytical framework.
A Research Facilitator will support and coordinate the locally driven collaborative Projets by:
- Working with health units and other partners to formalize partnerships
- Providing advice on study design, methodology, feasibility, budget and other proposal components
- Supporting and coordinating all phases of the annual collaborative Projets stream (including the development of Projets, submission process, review process, and monitoring process).
In addition to managing the locally driven collaborative Projets application process, the Research Facilitator will assist public health units in identifying and applying for external funding opportunities by:
- Providing one-on-one consultation
- Offering workshops/webinars
- Sending out regular e-blasts of funding opportunities.
For more information about the locally driven collaborative Projets and the new program, the paper A New Program Model for Supporting Applied Research and Program Evaluation, Education and Perfectionnement professionnel, and Échange des connaissances in Public Health, is available online and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org