Our Governance

Here is how the SPOR Evidence Alliance is governed and structured.

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Our Guiding Principles

  • We nurture an inclusive governance structure with an open call to all our members to serve on the committees and sub-committees when a seat becomes available
  • We ensure a balanced representation of gender, geographic location (i.e. Central Canada, Northern Canada, Western Canada and Eastern Canada), official languages (i.e. English and French), and type of member (i.e. patients, policy makers, clinicians, researchers, trainees) across all our committees and subcommittees
  • We aim for consensus (i.e. seek agreement on a decision through discussion) and use voting when an agreement cannot be reached
  • We maintain transparency by making all information on key decisions and progress updates publicly available on the website
  • We offer and encourage strong mentorship within and beyond our members and partners
  • We have clearly defined roles and responsibilities for all our committees and subcommittees with shared input from our members on the terms of reference  (i.e. document describing the purpose of the committee/ subcommittee and how our members should conduct their business)



How We Maintain Accountability

  • We publish an annual report on the website with information on  how the funds were spent, as well as our achievements and milestones
  • We track our progress closely and make changes to our direction and approach as needed
  • We publish a 1-page protocol brief (i.e. summary of our proposed plan) for all our projects on the website, register protocols with open-access databases (e.g. PROSPERO, Open Science Framework), publish our results in open-access journals or make the pre-publication version of the manuscript freely available, prepare research briefs (i.e. summary of key findings), and prepare knowledge translation products for our target audience
  • We closely adhere to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) recommendations for authorship and acknowledgement of contributions for all our research projects




How We Manage Conflicts and Competing Interests

  • We DO NOT accept any funding from private industry (e.g. pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers) to support research activities when answering research questions for knowledge users (i.e. individuals or organizations who use research evidence to inform decisions)
  • All our members must complete annual statements of competing interests, which are then posted on our website
  • At the beginning of each research project, all individuals involved in the project must also complete statements of competing interests
  • We encourage and nurture open communication and respectful relationships in all our business and resolve conflicts in confidence and with diplomacy