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NSHRF is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019-20 Scotia ScholarsOM Award competition (Master's and PhD). The Scotia ScholarsOM Award provides financial support to high caliber research students engaged in health reseach at Nova Scotia universities. To learn more visit nshrf.ca/scotiascholars



The latest edition of NSHRF's E-News is available. In this month's, The REAL Issue Krista discusses her participation at the 2018 Canadian Sciecne Policy Conference in November. Continue reading to learn how this conference is contributing to a new narrative on science policy. 

NSHRF is pleased to announce the launch of their 2019 funding competitions. These funding opportunities will help build research capacity and ensure that Nova Scotian researchers remain competitive, provincially, nationally and internationally. To learn more visit: www.nshrf.ca/funding




Mark your Calendars, the NSHRF Annual Awards Gala has been scheduled for February 26, 2019 at The Prince George Hotel.

More information to follow in the new year. 


The latest edition of NSHRF's E-News is available. In this month's, The REAL Issue, Krista discusses the Nova Scotia Integrated Health Research and Innovation Strategy (IHRIS). Continue reading to find out how NSHRF is contributing to this important work.  

As a Fellow, Evan is being mentored by NSHRF’s credentialed evaluators, Dr. Nancy Carter and Robert Chatwin, to develop hisunderstanding of the core competencies required for achieving the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) professional designation of Credentialed Evaluator (CE).

Evan cites the Fellowship as a landmark in his program evaluation career and journey so far. “As an early career evaluator, it is so important to gain hands-on, practical experience and connect with others working in the field,” he says. “It’s a privilege to receive mentorship from an organization that values evaluation culture for its benefits to the community and its internal operations.” 

Prior to arriving at NSHRF in August, Evan was completing his Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. On September 28, he successfully defended his thesis exploring how driving safety is learned by youth raised in rural Saskatchewan, a region with traffic-related injury and fatality rates among the highest in the country.

Evan’s interest in evaluation was sparked during graduate school when he competed in the 2017 and 2018 CES-CESEF Student Evaluation Case Competition finals. “I was introduced to a passionate and welcoming community of evaluators that I didn’t know existed,” he explains. “I was hooked.” 

Since arriving on the east coast, Evan has expanded his involvement with CES by joining the Nova Scotia Chapter and volunteering as manager of social media. Moreover, he’s part of the planning committee for the 2019 CES conference, which will take place in Halifax in late May.  

Established in 2015 as the first of its kind in Canada, the REAL Evaluation Fellowship is a two-year paid studentship which provides education and practical experience to an individual in the early stages of a career in the field of program evaluation.

NSHRF is pleased to introduce Mark Embrett, the new Manager of the REAL Knowledge Program. In this role, Mark will collaborate with a broad group of stakeholders throughout Nova Scotia’s health system to develop programs that support the transfer, exchange and application of knowledge.

Originally from Cape Breton, Mark says he’s grateful for the chance to bring his expertise back home. “This is an opportunity to support government policies that improve health system performance and patient health outcomes in Nova Scotia,” he explains. “By joining the NSHRF team I feel like I’ve come full circle.” 

Mark brings to the NSHRF several years’ experience in evidence-informed decision-making, digital health, and mental health. In the past he worked with local organizations such as the IWK Health Centre and Capital District Health Authority, and more recently gained international experience with research consortiums based out of England and Finland, and Precision Health Economics in the United States.

Immediately prior to joining NSHRF in early November, Mark was completing a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Health Systems Impact Fellowship in collaboration with Canada Health Infoway and McMaster University. There he pursued research on the challenges associated with the adoption of evidence-informed policies in government. 

Mark holds a PhD in Health Policy from McMaster University, a Master’s of Applied Health Services Research from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. 

During his academic career, Mark received numerous accolades for his work. He was the recipient of the 2014-2015 Mutual Group Graduate Scholarship, and the 2013-2014 David Basford Scholarship. Most notably, although we may be a little biased, Mark is a Scotia ScholarOM, receiving the award in 2008. 

Please join us in welcoming Mark to Nova Scotia’s research enterprise; we’re confident his skills and expertise are a great addition to our community.

NSHRF is pleased to announce the launch of their 2018-19 Scotia ScholarsOM Award competition (Undergraduate). The Scotia ScholarsOMAward provides financial support to high caliber research students engaged in health research at Nova Scotia universities. For more info about the awards and their application requirements, please click here

The current competition is open to undergraduate students attending Cape Breton University, St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University, and Mount Saint Vincent University.