Research Centres & Initiatives

We integrate the collective.

IHPME is directly involved in the development, leadership and ongoing sustainability of several centres and initiatives. These cross-collaborations build bridges between the Institute’s students, researchers, faculty and a multitude of peers in national and international fields.

Canadian Centre for Health Economics

CCHE and IHPME collaborate on international research in health economics.

IHPME Faculty Lead
Audrey Laporte

The Canadian Centre for Health Economics (CCHE) “strives to be a focal point for health economics research in Canada and aims to provide solutions to health policy issues while advancing theoretical and econometric modeling techniques.” CCHE fosters international collaboration among researchers and benefits from the contribution of IHPME affiliated faculty and students.

Visit IHPME Events for updates on the Canadian Centre for Health Economics (CCHE) Friday Health Economics Series – a highly successful collaborative event visiting Canadian and international speakers.

Visit the Canadian Centre for Health Economics

Centre for Sustainable Health Systems

A Centre that strives to lead and support local, national, and international efforts to improve the environmental and social sustainability of health systems.




Faculty Lead
Fiona Miller

The Centre for Sustainable Health Systems (CSHS) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME) seeks to establish and facilitate partnerships with and between academic, health system and environmental organizations to borrow, build and share knowledge and tools.

Visit the CSHS web page

Converge3 – Integrating Health, Economic and Equity Evidence to Inform Policy

A policy research centre focused on integrating health, economic and equity evidence to inform policy.

Faculty Lead
Ahmed Bayoumi and Mark Dobrow

The Centre is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and includes multiple partner organizations, including Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, McMaster University, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Health Quality Ontario, and Public Health Ontario.

Visit Converge3

Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

IHPME Committee dedicated to improving sustainability and environmental awareness of the Institute.

Faculty Lead
Fiona Miller

The IHPME Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability is dedicated to ensuring that the Institute be part of the solution to the challenge of climate change, and work actively to support environmentally and socially sustainable health systems, the health of populations, and health equity.

Visit the Environmental Committee web page

Health Law in Canada Journal

Welcome to Health Law in Canada (“HLCJ”), a successful publication that has been in existence since 1979. It is published by Lexis Nexis Canada Inc. and operates in partnership with IHPME.

Faculty Lead
Rosario Cartegena

Visit the HCLJ webpage

Healthy Barrie

Healthy Barrie works to improve population health and health system sustainability through collaboration with service providers and health professionals in the community.
Healthy Barrie Wordmark

Faculty Lead
Adalsteinn Brown and Patrick Feng

Healthy Barrie, is an initiative in partnership with the City of Barrie, the Barrie and Community Family Health Team, the Family Medicine Teaching Unit at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, and the University of Toronto, that seeks to enhance integration and collaboration between services and professionals to improve population health and health system sustainability.

HSPRN: Health System Performance Research Network

HPSRN is an interdisciplinary research group measuring system performance across hospital, complex continuing care, long term care and home/community care sectors.


Faculty Lead
Walter P. Wodchis

HSPRN includes investigators, visiting scholars, post doctoral fellows, graduate students and research staff with a focus on performance measurement and improvement in Ontario. HSPRN expertise spans performance measurement in multiple domains of health system performance including clinical quality, financial management, patient safety and patient satisfaction.


IDEAS: Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors

IDEAS is a partnership between IHPME, Health Quality Ontario, ICES, and seven Ontario universities.
IHPME Faculty Leads
G. Ross Baker
Adalsteinn Brown

IDEAS is a comprehensive, evidence based quality improvement training program for Ontario’s health professionals.  This province wide initiative is designed for health leaders, clinicians, and front line providers to improve the quality of patient care. Led by a high caliber faculty, participants of the Foundations of Quality Improvement and the Advanced Learning Program are equipped with tools, practical skills and knowledge to directly improve individual patient care, the outcomes from that care and, at the same time, contribute to a high performing health system. In its fourth year, a strong and growing network of IDEAS Alumni demonstrate IDEAS has increased Ontario’s capacity for quality improvement projects, change management initiatives and inspired leadership across the health system.


Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (ICHR)

A partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, IHPME, and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research


IHPME Faculty Lead
Adalsteinn Brown

Collaborative activities allow for the development of research policies which support northern-based research and education. The aim of this partnership is to develop a research agenda and research training programs that are specific to the study of circumpolar health systems. A circumpolar health research working group has been convened to meet the aim of this initiative through discussion, advocating for governance renewal and holding workshops on research priorities.

Visit ICHR

NAO: North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

NAO is a collaborative partnership of interested researchers, research organizations, governments, and health organizations promoting evidence-informed health system policy decision-making
North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

IHPME Faculty & NAO Director
Gregory P. Marchildon

Visit the NAO webpage: NAO

Patient Engagement Working Group

Patient and Caregiver Engagement at IHPME

IHPME Faculty Lead: Kerry Kuluski

Engaging patients and their care partners in research, health care design and delivery contributes to improved outcomes and experiences.

Visit the Patient Engagement Working Group Website

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Approach to Quality Care

The PSW Approach to Quality care was developed in support of a grant provided by Closing the Gap Healthcare
Personal Support Worker Approach to Quality Care

Gillian Ritcey (Director, IDEAS)

Launched in November 2016, the PSW Approach to Quality Care a free, mobile compatible training course that gives PSWs and other home-care workers a common language and approach to improve the quality of care to their clients and help to transform the Ontario health care system. PSWs deliver indispensable care and need to be supported with the knowledge and skills to be consistently engaged in QI. This course is designed to use practical, engaging and relevant learning techniques so that PSWs are able to make improvements at the front line of care. Learners who finish all four modules (15 minutes each) are able to print a certificate of completion from IHPME at the University of Toronto.


Strategy Design and Evaluation Initiative

The Strategy Design and Evaluation Initiative is concerned with whether, how, when and why public health strategies deployed to alleviate complex problems achieve greater and lesser success.

IHPME Faculty Lead
Robert Schwartz

Visit the SDEI webpage:  SDEI