The BC Ministry of Health’s Research and Knowledge Management Strategy (the Strategy) acknowledges and values the expertise and contributions of the health research community – past and present – and affirms the Ministry’s commitment to use research evidence in health care policy development, implementation and evaluation. It recognizes that research evidence, increasingly and where appropriate, will be developed by and with researchers in partnership with clinicians, policy makers and patients . The Strategy recognizes that internal structures, people and processes are required to make it easier for Ministry staff to base decisions on the latest body of knowledge and to ensure the right policy related research questions are being asked.
It sets out a plan to address gaps in programs focused on evidence development in the areas of pharmaceutical and public health services, data access and infrastructure to study and integrate evidence into practice. These gaps were previously identified in response to Recommendation 34 of the Ombudsperson’s report Misfire: The 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations and Related Matters. It also further clarifies how the Ministry will approach research and demonstrate a commitment to evidence-informed processes across all programs.
Nicolette McGuire, BSc, PhD
Director for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Health in British Columbia.