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Research Impact Stories

Through a rigorous analysis of health data and information, ICES scientists produce reliable and relevant evidence that informs health care investments and interventions in many jurisdictions and populations. How has our research had an impact on the provision of better-quality, safer health care to Ontarians? Here are some examples.

Select a research impact story from the menus below.


Near-real-time data changed the way COVID-19 vaccines were allocated and reported on across Ontario
The impact of COVID-19 on Ontario’s health care system
Immigrants and refugees have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Ontario
How a data-driven approach helped protect people experiencing homelessness in Ontario


Responding rapidly to the COVID-19 pandemic using ICES data and analytics
Pragmatic trials: real-world settings, real-world solutions
A tool using novel data approaches helps patients and caregivers make decisions about end-of-life care
Using administrative data to identify homelessness and improve health outcomes for a vulnerable community
A First Nations-led diabetes report supports the development of effective health policies and programs




Assessing the appropriateness of cardiovascular screening and care
Innovative algorithms for high-impact research on brain disorders
Evaluating emergency department wait times and quality of care
Supporting Indigenous-led population health research in Ontario
Enabling planners and providers to track mental health care and outcomes over time



Measuring incidence, overdiagnosis and management of thyroid cancer in Ontario
Better understanding the link between neighbourhood walkability and population-wide hypertension risk
Investigating barriers to health care for people with developmental disabilities
Demonstrating that ICES drug safety research has changed physician prescribing behaviour
Assessing need and feasability of supervised drug consumption sites in Ottawa and Ontario