November 7, 2016 In July 2016, ICES signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, solidifying a commitment to work together in areas of common strategic operations and interest. The Farr Institute is a UK-wide health informatics research collaboration committed to delivering innovative research using ‘big data’ to advance the health and care of patients and the public. Both ICES and The Farr Institute share the objective of being world-leading research institutes delivering research excellence that results in trusted evidence that makes policy better, health care stronger and people healthier. Noting that a number of informal collaborations between the two institutes already exist, and after exploring common aims and interests, ICES and The Farr Institute decided to establish the MOU to set out areas where both institutes might work more closely together. By pooling expertise and resources, the partnership will contribute to the international advancement of outcomes in areas of health data science including: Capacity building Methodology, data science and research Public involvement and engagement Governance, policies and procedures Research exemplars ICES and The Farr Institute met for the first time since the partnership was formalized at the IPDLN Conference in Swansea, Wales in August 2016. Leads from each institute were identified to form a working group to develop the collaboration by identifying shared best practices, potential collaborative research projects and opportunities to become more closely involved in each other’s programs.