About the Alliance

At a Glance

The SPOR Evidence Alliance is a Canada-wide alliance of researchers, research trainees, patients, healthcare providers, policy makers and organizations who use research to inform decisions.  Our alliance was established to provide national-level support in knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guidelines development, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research. We provide evidence-based answers to clinicians, patients, and policy makers to make sure high-quality information is available to inform decisions.

The SPOR Evidence Alliance is made possible by a five-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Initiative, and the generosity of partners from 41 public agencies and organizations across Canada who have made cash or in-kind contributions.


Alliance Flyer – French | English

Alliance Infographic – English

Our Vision

To create a rapid-learning health system, where patients receive the right care at the right time, by supporting access to high-quality information that is timely and easy to use for decision-makers.

Our Goals

Over the next five years, we aim to:

  1. Inform health policy and practice, and improve patient care by providing timely responses to decision-maker and patient information needs
  2. Strengthen partnerships with organizations and individuals who use research, by meaningfully involving them in governance, priority setting, research conduct and uptake of research findings
  3. Improve Canada-wide collaboration and coordination of health research to avoid duplication of work
  4. Support new researchers and trainees by offering more collaboration, training, and mentorship opportunities in the areas of knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guidelines, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research 
  5. Create meaningful partnerships with national and international organizations to increase the visibility and uptake of Canadian research
  6. Make research more visible and easier to obtain by providing open access to all data, research findings, and knowledge tools for  organizations and individuals who use research
  7. Support and build partnership with existing SPOR-funded initiatives, such as the SUPPORT Units and Networks
  8. Advance the science of knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guideline development, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research
  9. Develop a plan to sustain the SPOR Evidence Alliance beyond the five-year funding period