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Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ)

ICES receives funds from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide research evidence to organizations from across the Ontario health care system (Knowledge Users). This knowledge is used to inform planning, policy and program development.

Knowledge Users can submit an Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ) to ICES. As a health services research institute that holds Ontario’s administrative data, ICES is well positioned to respond to AHRQs that directly involve the use of ICES data holdings

Overview

ICES invites organizations from across the Ontario health care system that are users of research evidence to submit an Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ).

ICES is one of several research centres and teams funded by the Planning, Research and Analysis Branch of the MOHLTC that responds to AHRQs to help inform health planning, policy and program development. This in turn helps strengthen the Ontario health care system. As a health services research institute that holds Ontario’s administrative health data, ICES is well positioned to respond to AHRQs that directly involve the use of ICES data holdings.

An AHRQ is a question posed by a health system Knowledge User that, if answered, may improve or benefit the Ontario health care system.

Knowledge Users, users of research evidence, include policy development staff, planners and decision makers from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). Other organizations with knowledge users include, but are not limited to:

  • other government ministries
  • Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
  • hospitals (acute and rehabilitation)
  • Community Care Access Centres
  • provincial associations and agencies across Ontario (e.g., Ontario Brain Institute)

ICES typically sends out a call for AHRQ requests semi-annually. ICES will also accept AHRQ requests for review at any time during the year.

Important Notes

As per the MOHLTC’s AHRQ Guidelines, not every AHRQ can be answered. ICES reserves the right to decline, postpone or refer an AHRQ to a more appropriate Research Provider according to the nature of the question or data source, the study feasibility or the resources required to complete the work.

The AHRQ process is meant to answer questions that will inform health planning, policy and program development. As such, requests to conduct research that is readily fundable through other means may not be accepted.

All requests from Ministry Knowledge Users must be approved in writing by the requestor's Assistant Deputy Minister. Requests from non-ministry organizations must be approved in writing by a senior manager (e.g., executive director).

Upon the conclusion of an AHRQ project, Knowledge Users will be asked to provide feedback to ICES with regards to the AHRQ process and how findings from this work have informed health care policy and program development.

More information:

AHRQ Categories

Preparing and Submitting an AHRQ

Completed AHRQ Projects

Contact us

Should you have questions about how to complete the Knowledge User AHRQ Request Form, or if you wish to discuss the feasibility of your research question, please contact ahrq@ices.on.ca.

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