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InSource has worked with regional, national and world-leading organizations dedicated to achieving improvements in population health and putting research into action. Some of our projects are outlined below. If you would like to learn more about the work we’ve done, please contact us.

Project: A Rapid Review to Inform B.C.’s Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis 
Client: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
InSource (operating as HealthShares) was contracted by MSFHR, on behalf of the BC Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Response, to conduct a rapid review to determine how other jurisdictions have responded to similar overdose crises, particularly those involving fentanyl and related analogues.

Project: Global Health Workforce Alliance Legacy Report 2016
Client: World Health Organization (GHWA)
InSource was contracted by GHWA to provide a look back on its achievements from  2006 to its wind-up in 2016. Operating under the WHO, GHWA was responsible for promoting the development of health human resources in under-resourced countries around the world.

Project: BC’s Clinical Care Management Initiative: A Case Study for Health System Transformation (2014)
Client: BC Patient Safety & Quality Council / Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
InSource conducted primary research and analysis to develop a case study of the BC MoH’s Clinical Care Management (CCM) initiative, to determine factors that help or hinder large system change. The final report for this project included considerations for improving future CCM guideline implementation, as well as recommendations based on complex systems theory for managing large-scale change within the province’s health system.

Project: Ghostbusters – Series I synthesis (2014)
Client: Canadian Patient Safety Institute
An analysis of the first Ghostbuster series published by Healthcare Quarterly, identifying key  leadership requirements for transforming the Canadian health system.

Project: Report on Innovation in Community-based Services to Address Mental Health and Substance Use (2013)
Client: Institute for Health Systems Transformation and Sustainability (IHSTS)
The overall need for this project was to support IHSTS in its “leading from the side” role of facilitating primary health care transformation in British Columbia. The objective was to lay the foundation with the preparation of a white paper and facilitation of the first in a series of invitational meetings. The primary focus for the white paper and first meeting was on governance of interorganizational collaboration for primary health care transformation. The emphasis was on how to transform systems through interorganizational collaboration.

Project: An Approach to Advancing Health Equity at PHSA (2013)
Client: PHSA – Population & Public Health
InSource was engaged to develop an approach to promoting health equity at BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority. The project built upon previous health equity work at PHSA. Data collection and stakeholder consultation were used to identify strategic opportunities for advancing the health equity agenda across all agencies of the health authority.

Project: Report on Innovation in Community-based Services to Address Mental Health and Substance Use (2013)
Client: Community Alliances Initiative (CAI)
The purpose of this project was to synthesize existing knowledge about innovations in mental health and substance use services involving community-based organizations and to build an assessment tool for CAI to score “innovative” as an aspect of proposals for funding decisions.

Project: Sustaining Transformation of Culture and Systems (STOCS) (2013)
Client: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
The purpose of this CIHR-funded realist review was to identify and synthesize evidence about how organizational culture is assessed in health systems, and the ways in which leadership and management factors are included as part of these assessments. Findings provided actionable tools and recommendations for leaders at all levels of the Saskatchewan health care management system. Click here to view the final report.

Project: Health Literacy Rapid Realist Review (2012)
Client: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
InSource conducted a realist review of literature regarding what is known and not known about the development of capacity within organizations to plan, implement, and sustain health literacy interventions. Click here for the report.

Project: Change Management Intervention Initiative for the Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan (2011) 
Client: Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)
InSource produced three products to aid the work of evaluators who will be embedded in the SK Ministry of Health over a three-year period.  The products included the initial format for an iterative evaluation framework, a set of questions to accompany the framework, and an annotated bibliography on evaluation tools for large system transformation.

Project: Evaluation of Health 201 for Planners Workshops (2011)
Client: Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
InSource evaluated the delivery of the Health 201 knowledge product during two workshops designed for planners involved in the study of built environment impacts. Click here for the report.

Project: Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Plan and Report for two projects (2011)
Client: BC Academic Health Council (BCAHC)
InSource acquired data and wrote KTE reports for the following BCAHC  projects: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Learning Environments (ICP&LE) project; and the Effective Productivity in the Healthcare Workforce (EPHW) project.  Data was gathered via telephone group interviews and document review.

Project: Review of Existing Knowledge Translation Activities (2011)
Client: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
InSource conducted a targeted web search and engaged in dialogue with three international content experts to produce an inventory and report of activities aimed at: 1) educating/supporting research users and researchers, 2) health evidence synthesis, 3) KT funding and the indicators used to measure KT effectiveness of an organization.

Project: Knowledge and Action for System Transformation – KAST (2010)
Client: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

CIHR funded this expedited realist review of the role of government policy in coordinating large system transformation. The review was designed to support the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s mandate to implement a significant transformation of the provincial health system. In addition to conducting a realist literature review, InSource engaged in structured dialogue with an international expert panel and conducted a survey of over forty international experts in the field. Click here to download the Final Report for the KAST project. The Best, et al. 2012 Milbank Quarterly paper based on KAST is available here.

Project: Foundational Planning (2009), Rapid Review of Typologies and Hierarchies of Evidence (2010), and Review of KTE Indicators and Data Collection Tools (2010)
Client: The CAPTURE (Canadian Platform to Increase Usage of Real-World Evidence) Project
A Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) initiative to build a platform for collecting and sharing data (“real-world” evidence) from existing chronic disease prevention programs across Canada. InSource helped design and implement data collection to better understand the needs of the user groups, employing concept mapping, key informant interviews and a consultation workshop. InSource provided research, facilitation, project management and communication services for the foundational planning of CAPTURE. Our expertise in knowledge exchange added value to the initiative.

InSource also conducted a rapid review to describe the main typologies and hierarchies supporting health promotion/public health evidence, the rationale for their construction, the typologies used by major repositories, and proposed a typology for CAPTURE along with an evidence-based policy statement, supporting rationale, and protocols.
[rapid review, evaluation]

In our third phase of work for CAPTURE, InSource completed a literature review providing an overview of indicators used to show where and if knowledge transfer and exchange is actually taking place. The final report included all existing tools that are used for collecting data on KTE processes, and an overview of the similarities and differences among these tools.

Project: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Learning Environment Network (ICP&LE) (2010-2011)
Client: BC Academic Health Council (BCAHC)
Representing the Western & Northern Health Human Resources Planning Forum, the BCAHC engaged InSource to develop and analyze an ICP&LE Network in the four western provinces. The network is developing and complex, requiring an analysis strategy with three special features: multilevel social network analysis, integrated training strategies including webinars and workshops, and a flexible framework to accommodate the various developmental stages of pilot projects being set up within each province.

Project: Mapping the National Knowledge Exchange Network for Chronic Disease Prevention (2010-2011)
Client: Public Health Agency of Canada: Chronic Disease Intervention Division in the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CCDPC)
InSource conducted a social network analysis (SNA) for the CCDPC to provide a snapshot of the current national knowledge exchange network for chronic disease prevention. The resulting maps identified gaps in the network that can be used for strategically planning future network development. The findings will assist CCDPC to support evidence informed decision-making in chronic disease prevention.  To download a PDF of the final report from the project, click here.

Project: Comprehensive Primary Prevention Partnership Meetings (2008-2009)
Client: Coalition Linking Action and Science for Prevention – CLASP
CLASP is a Canadian Partnership Against Cancer initiative to foster KT coalitions between provinces and across chronic diseases that will leverage ongoing evidence-informed prevention strategies. InSource supported a major national consultation engaging a wide spectrum of chronic disease groups, conducted concept mapping projects, facilitated and analyzed break out group discussions, and piloted evaluation tools.

Project: Knowledge Exchange Inventory Update (2010)
Client: Public Health Agency of Canada
InSource developed an updated national inventory of knowledge exchange organizations and their chronic disease prevention and knowledge exchange activities.

Project: ISIS ~ Initiative for the Study and Implementation of Systems (2003-2005)
Client: US National Cancer Institute.
InSource team members provided project leadership and coordination for this three-year, $1 M U.S. think tank funded by the National Cancer Institute to develop a comprehensive research-to-practice KT initiative using four approaches to systems thinking: concept mapping, system dynamics modelling, social network analysis, and knowledge management. The project brought together leading international scientists from such disciplines as management sciences, population and public health, public policy and administration, and the emerging discipline of integration and implementation sciences. Click here to view the resulting Monograph.

Project: Knowledge Translation Curricula (2009-2010)
Client: International Development Research Centre
InSource analyzed knowledge translation (KT) curricula and tools in university programs worldwide and recommended an approach to developing KT opportunities for health-related degree programs in low- and middle-income countries. Products resulting from this project are available here.

Project: Knowledge Translation Conceptual Models Synthesis (2008-2009)
InSource worked with other UBC researchers to complete a metanarrative review of conceptual models for KT, funded by CIHR. The analysis highlights key dimensions along which models vary, including implications for systems components and resources to support interorganizational collaboration.