Policy-Maker and Healthcare Provider Research Query

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Are you looking for up to date and high quality scientific evidence to inform a policy, practice or program change?


The Alliance has researchers located across Canada with expertise in a range of health conditions and topics who may be able to help address your priorities and needs in knowledge synthesis, guidelines development, and knowledge translation. You can learn more about the types of requests the Alliance investigators have addressed or are currently responding by visiting Our Projects page.


You can tell us about your research needs by completing a set of questions using the English or French form. Feel free to skip any of the questions you are unable to answer at this time.


Note: As a research network we can only support requests for specific research needs. We do not have the expertise or the resources needed to make referrals for clinical services or community programs. We are also not able to provide any medical advice or opinions.




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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


What is a research query?

A research query is a focused and clearly defined research question seeking to find scientific evidence for a gap in knowledge that can help inform health decisions and practices.

What types of research queries are accepted?

The SPOR Evidence Alliance responds to the following knowledge users needs :

Clinical Practice Guideline: A statement that includes recommendations intended to optimize patient care, informed by a systematic assessment of scientific evidence and professional opinions. They offer an evaluation of available scientific information and an assessment of the likely benefits and harms of a particular treatment to inform healthcare providers of optimal care options for unique patient needs and preferences.

Example: Recommendations on behavioural interventions for the prevention and treatment of cigarette smoking among school-aged children and youth (Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. CMAJ. 2017; 189 (8):E310-E316)

Knowledge Synthesis: A research process that systematically summarizes and synthesizes all important studies on a specific research question to help make sense of the diverse evidence on the topic.

Example: Comparisons of Interventions for Preventing Falls in Older Adults:  A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis (Tricco et al. JAMA. 2017; 318(17):1687-99)

Knowledge Translation: A process of summarizing, distributing, sharing, and applying the scientific knowledge uncovered from research into practice.

Example: Outcomes of Mobilisation of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON): a multisite interrupted time series evaluation of an implementation intervention to increase patient mobilisation. (MOVE ON Collaboration. Age Ageing. 2018; 47(1):112-119.)

NOTE: Research queries seeking to advance/ improve the science of a research approach are not accepted here. Example: What are the optimal strategies, barriers and facilitators in engaging knowledge users in the conduct of health research?

Researchers and trainees are encouraged to submit any queries related to research methods as proposals during our annual competition for Seed Grants at the SPOR Evidence Alliance Annual General Meeting.

Who can submit a research query?

Policy makers, health system managers, healthcare providers, patients, researchers on behalf of a knowledge user organization and other knowledge users or knowledge user organizations across Canada are all eligible to submit research queries.

The following are not eligible to submit a query:

  • Trainees (i.e. the Alliance will not conduct projects related to their academic training)
  • Researchers (i.e. those not working with a knowledge user)
  • For-profit organizations (such as drug/device manufacturers, private insurance providers, etc.)
How quickly can I expect to have my research request completed?

We can respond to requests with an urgent timeline using our Rapid Response approach and provide some information in 3 months (from the time the protocol is developed by the research team and approved by you, as the primary knowledge user).

All other requests are addressed using our Standard Response approach, whereby information is provided in 12 months (from the time the protocol is developed by the research team and approved by you, as the primary knowledge user).

How can I learn about the status of my research query?

Regular updates on the status of your submission will be provided via email. Please ensure you have entered the correct email address when completing the form.

How will you disseminate the findings from your work?

Strategies for dissemination will be discussed and tailored to your needs. However, to reach a broader audience and add to the scientific body of literature, we encourage our research teams to publish the final product in a peer-reviewed journal.

Who will provide funding for the research query?

SPOR Evidence Alliance is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Initiative and the generosity of 41 public agencies and organizations across Canada who provided cash or in-kind support. However, to ensure the future sustainability of the Alliance and that sufficient funds and resources are available to carry out the work, we always inquire if you have secured funding or in-kind support for the query. Once a query is successfully submitted, a call is scheduled to discuss the scope and budget for the project.