We Build Capacity
The SPOR Evidence Alliance builds capacity in knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guideline development, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research. Using the SPOR Capacity Development Framework, we offer multidisciplinary mentorship opportunities in various settings with a focus on professional skills development, best practices, effective resource sharing, and career support. The goal is to build a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship, while balancing the value of clinical and academic goals.
The SPOR Evidence Alliance has three educational streams to build capacity across Canada.
Graduate-level trainees and fellows
- Trainees are required to complete a thesis in their core research method area, develop individual learning plans and submit annual progress reports for feedback from the Training Committee
- Trainees may be connected to knowledge user mentors (including policy makers) to complete research practicums in their organizations for 3-6 months
- Trainees are given opportunities to participate in research activities as a team member from onset through to completion
- Trainees can participate in online graduate courses to help develop competencies in the core research methods
- Salary support is provided each year to two graduate-level trainees in the science of knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guideline development, patient-oriented research, or knowledge translation
Researchers and research staff
- All researchers and research staff affiliated with the SPOR Evidence Alliance are able to participate in all online courses we offer
Patients and other knowledge users
- Patients and knowledge user can participate in a variety of courses developed specifically for them
- Whenever possible, patients are included in the research teams carrying out the research projects
- Knowledge users can also be a part of the research teams to complete a short 1-3 month practicum