Health Data Research Network Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH)
ICES is proud to be a part of the Health Data Research Network Canada and its launch of the Data Access Support Hub (DASH), a one-stop shop for requesting access to data from multiple provincial, territorial and pan-Canadian sources.
The DASH initiative is made possible through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), which is a collection of funding partnerships between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and provincial and territorial governments, philanthropic organizations, academic institutions and health charities.
By offering a single access point for multi-jurisdictional data requests, DASH simplifies the way researchers request data access and provides a clear point of contact for ongoing support throughout the process.
Researchers can now sign up for a free DASH account and view data sets available for request through the platform. In this first phase, requests from SPOR SUPPORT units and networks, as well as recipients of innovative Clinical Trials grants, will be prioritized.
Incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2020, Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) brings together provincial, territorial, and pan-Canadian organizations which hold and manage data. HDRN Canada connects individuals and organizations across the country to share expertise, identify opportunities for collaboration, and foster innovation in ways that respect public expectations and Indigenous data sovereignty. Access to multi-jurisdictional data allows researchers to address health challenges that cross boundaries, leading to advances that help develop innovative solutions and build Canada’s international leadership in the health field.