Alison Paprica

PhD (Western University)
Honours BSc (McMaster University)
PMP (Project Management Institute)

Professional Interests

Identifying and acting on opportunities for collaboration between academic, public and private sector stakeholders.  Enhanced management of the multi-billion dollar annual Canadian investment in higher education sector R&D.  Pragmatic tools and processes to guide the implementation of new health sector interventions and programs.  Values and ethical considerations in public policy.


Twenty years of first-hand experience establishing partnerships and collaborations between researchers and government and/or the private sector. Expert management skills adapted to suit innovative and uncertain environments. Knowledge translation expertise including tools and techniques to communicate research findings (e.g., the Research Evidence Tool) and have productive dialogues about research with non-academic audiences (e.g., co-establishment of research priorities, joint interpretation of results, advice on specific ways that research evidence can inform policy development, etc.)


Completed a fellowship in the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement EXTRA Program focused on assessing the appropriateness of existing funded health services

Led the transformation of the annual-$35 million+ Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s research investment from a legacy system to a peer-review competitive model

Led the development of the business plan for the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU), a $100M five-year joint federal/provincial funded platform to support and enhance patient-oriented research

Built and sustained an internal evidence service at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which has enhanced policy development at the ministry, and beyond



Additional Recent Publications

Contributed to almost 300 rapid and preliminary literature reviews prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Planning Unit, each one in direct response to a request from a policy team (no website available at this time for collection, certain example reports are available online)

Externally Informed Annual Health Trends Report – editions 1-4

EXTRA Project Report