Harmonized Health Impact and Research Partnership Metrics to Accelerate Knowledge Sharing and Utilization Lab
What are the data problems that this Lab is working to solve?
Fundamental to addressing challenges affecting women, adolescents and children's health (WACH) is the better creation, sharing and use of knowledge among all stakeholders. A more coordinated approach is required between the WACH community of practitioners and researchers to streamline evidence into NGO programming and to inform decision-makers.
Research partnerships must be carefully monitored and evaluated with an equity lens that considers the context of resource disparity. This can benefit civil society and academic collaborators to maximize data use and to reduce duplication. The use of tools developed for this purpose remains voluntary and there is no tracking mechanism in place to systematically collect and analyze data associated with the partnership process.
Key data issues:
- Knowledge exchange isolated and scattered: Effective and timely sharing of knowledge acquired by Canadian global health organizations with their global partners would reduce duplication of efforts and provide clearer research gaps for more efficient channeling of research funds.
- Data rich, exchange poor: A more comprehensive and integrated approach in traditionally siloed anglophone and francophone research communities is needed to foster collaboration and support real time informing of best WACH practices.
- Connecting partnership metrics and impact: Currently there is no tracking mechanism in place to collect and analyze data associated with the partnership process.
- Equity-level partnerships need data: Equity-centred partnerships hold greater potential for health impact and local development of capacity, yet outcome-level data for these partnerships from a Canadian WACH research investment are not available.
- Bridging communities: A more comprehensive and integrated approach in traditionally siloed anglophone and francophone research communities is needed to foster collaboration and support real time informing of best WACH practices.
How are partners navigating this innovation?
- Conducting key informant interviews with academic institutions, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) managers at NGOs etc. to identify concrete solutions that will foster greater collaboration on metrics and coordination in data collection and dissemination to strengthen intersectoral dialogue on WACH.
- Baseline WACH metrics (reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent) currently used by academic and civil society members are being documented and validated. A representative set of case studies focused on WACH initiatives is being compiled to build on existing tools.
- Metrics on capacity-building outcomes related to existing partnerships within Canadian academic networks (anglophone, francophone) is being collected and documented to better understand how action-oriented partnerships contribute to effective progress on WACH.
- A partnership tool is being developed to address identified primary domains of a high quality and productive partnership.
Healthbridge Foundation of Canada
Faculté de médecine, Université Laval (Canada)
Regroupement stratégique en santé mondiale, Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec (Canada)
Société d'études et de recherche en santé publique (Burkina Faso)
University of British Columbia (Canada)
What does each partner offer?
Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
- Leads the research and oversees the activities and outputs of the project, including its management and administration. This includes the tool development, consultation and partner coordination.
- Responsible for co-leading the project, supporting the review of the partnership assessment metrics, and facilitating and coordinating the Canadian workshop. Furthermore, they provide Ethics approval for the research activities.
HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
- Connected and engaged both the researcher and practitioner communities within NGOs in Canada through workshops and knowledge dissemination. Supportive in bridging relationships in Vietnam to local NGO partners.
Université Laval & Regroupement stratégique en santé mondiale of the Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec
- Responsible for relationship-building with the francophone global health research community in Canada and in LMICs. Providing logistical support to host tool feedback workshops in Montreal and Burkina Faso.
University of British Columbia
- Providing expertise in qualitative research and health equity in addressing partnerships.
Countries of Work:
- Burkina Faso
Program undertaken with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada.