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The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES-NS), in collaboration with Nova Scotia Government Evaluators’ Network, is hosting a day-long symposium “Putting Evaluation Theory into Practice: Strengthening Evaluation Culture, Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities.”

The symposium will include panel presentations and discussions on evidence informed decision-making in Nova Scotia and organizations’ first-hand experiences building evaluation culture with Krista Connel, NSHRF CEO; Graham Steele, former Minister of Finance; and  Susanna Fuller of the Ivany Commission.

The CES-NS symposium will take place on May 29, 2014 at the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For more information about the symposium and how to register, click here.

Have you heard the term “peer review” in meetings or while writing reports? Wondering what all the fuss is about?

As the provincial body responsible for funding health research, the NSHRF organizes an annual peer review process which awards the highest caliber research projects with funding.

This is a free opportunity that will give you first-hand experience witnessing how peer review committees make their deliberations. Anyone interested in learning about peer review and research funding is welcome to attend. Researchers, individuals who assist in the development of research applications and users of research may be especially interested.

The NSHRF’s Annual Peer Review Observer sessions will be held:

  • June 10-11, 2014 – Health Policy, Health Services and Health Outcomes Peer Review Committee
  • June 17-18, 2014 – Biomedical Peer Review Committee

For more information including how you can participate, click here

The NSHRF would like to congratulate Dr. Sara Kirk, the Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research at Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance, on the recent publication of her article “Blame, Shame, and Lack of Support: A Multi-level Study on Obesity Management." The research discussed in this publication is using live drama to highlight the issue of weight bias and stigma in obesity management in a thought-provoking way. Targeted at health professional students from a range of disciplines, the drama is incorporated in a 3-hour workshop that conveys the key findings of the NSHRF - funded study “Balancing the Scales: Promoting Healthy Weight Management without Blame or Shame.”

Dr. Kirk’s publication has already received national and international attention. It was the focus of a recent blog post by Dr. Arya Sharma, Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network, and also received praise from the Obesity Action Coalition in the United States for bringing insight on the topic in a concise and compelling way.

To read Dr. Kirk’s publication, click here.

To read Dr. Arya Sharma’s blog post discussing the publication, click here

The NSHRF’s Research Enterprise Development Initiatives (REDI) Program will open on May 14, 2014. To learn more about the various funding opportunities the REDI Program offers, click here. For details on deadlines, how to apply and contact information, click here

The SPOR Update is an e-bulletin that provides the latest news on the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), including research news, funding opportunities, workshops and more. To subscribe, click here.  

The Institute of Public Administration (IPAC) Halifax Regional Group is partnering with the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria on a half day workshop comparing how Canada and the European Union (EU) coordinate health care across their political systems, drawing on research conducted through the European Union Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie and CIHR.

The Halifax workshop is the last of six being held across Canada this spring that brings together leading EU experts, researchers who have studied social policy in both Canada and the EU, and Canadian policy practitioners to have a practical conversation about ways to improve our often challenging intergovernmental relations system. Over the past 15 years Canada has been decentralizing social policy; in contrast the EU has been building an EU-wide social dimension that never previously existed. How did they do this, what impact has it had, and are there any governance ideas that might improve Canada's approach to managing our federation?

For more information about the workshop series and how to register, click here

The National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO) was created in 2003 to promote increased dialogue, linkages and partnership activities. NAPHRO’s primary role is to facilitate coordination, communication, strategic alignment and convergence, and quality leadership through inter-provincial and national efforts. To learn more about NAPHRO, click here

Due to Wednesday’s weather conditions, the panel discussion “Commercialized Science: Stories from the Field” has been rescheduled to the following:

When: March 28, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location:   Dalhousie University
                 Charles Tupper Medical Building
                 Theatre B
                 5850 College Street
                 Halifax, NS


David Healy, Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist, Scientist, Author. 

Matthew Herder, JSM, Assistant Professor, Medicine and Law, Dalhousie University.
Karen Bedard, PhD, Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University.
Kelly Holloway, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University.

Panelists will tell historical and contemporary stories about commercialization to explore its meanings, experiences and uses.

For more information, please contact Matthew Herder (Matthew.Herder@dal.ca).