Service Descriptions

The AbSPORU team can review your grant and provide feedback and advice. There has been a high success rate for the grants we have reviewed.

Areas of grant review include:

  • Biostatistical plan development
  • Design/methods of outcomes measures
  • End-of-grant Knowledge Translation Plan
  • Feasibility of secondary use data sets
  • Implementation Science
  • Integrated Knowledge Translation
  • Knowledge Synthesis
  • Methods consultation
  • Patient Engagement
  • Sample size calculation
  • Others not listed above

Primary data collection involves collecting new data directly for the purpose of a research study.

Secondary use data (i.e. administrative data) is data that is collected in the health care system for purposes other than research. Secondary data can also include data from previously published literature that is used to undertake a review.

Data feasibility and design includes the research plan, designing the process, determining requirements, and defining why the research is important. When a researcher starts a project, it is essential to have a SMART research question, well designed methodology and knowledge of what data is obtainable.  This may include sample size calculations and development or refinement of the analytical plan.

  • Biostatistical plan development
  • Case volume estimates
  • Dataset feasibility & pilot data extraction
  • Design of data collection methods
  • Design/methods of outcomes measures, analytical plans
  • Identify data sources
  • Measures for patient-centered care
  • Methods consultation
  • Project design consultation
  • Research question refinement
  • Sample size calculation

Data management involves all aspects of managing data, including development and maintenance of databases and case report forms for data entry (primary data collection) and data extraction, linkage and derivation of study cohorts (secondary use data).

  • Clinical event adjudication
  • Data cleaning
  • Data extraction
  • Data linking and merging
  • Development and maintenance of databases
  • Development of case report forms
  • Generation of control groups

Meaningful conclusions to the research question(s) can be provided through data analysis. This may include data interpretation and visualization, utilizing methods for risk adjustment, and statistical analysis.

We provide:

  • Data interpretation
  • Data visualization
  • Developing risk adjustment methodologies
  • Outcomes modelling
  • Risk adjustment
  • Statistical analysis

Quality assurance includes all the checks that are done after data collection is completed.  This ensures that the highest level of data quality is available for use.

We can help with:

  • Developing, validating or quality assessment
  • IDC coding algorithms

Knowledge synthesis involves compiling and assessing evidence (through reviews and meta-analyses) to support practice change and identify research gaps. Knowledge syntheses typically inform the direction, development, implementation and evaluation of a broader knowledge translation initiative.

We can help you plan, design and perform knowledge syntheses through:            

  • Knowledge Synthesis Methods Guidance (e.g. systematic, scoping, rapid reviews)
  • Project Support
  • Developing Practice Guidelines
  • Access to specialists (e.g. research librarian, biostatistician)
  • Letters of Support

Engaging stakeholders through the entire research process is essential to preparing and delivering knowledge for effective use and impact. Knowledge translation involves different methods for putting research evidence into the hands of stakeholders and helping them use it. Stakeholders might include clinicians, health-system managers, researchers, policymakers, patients or the general public. We can help you plan, carry out and evaluate knowledge translation through:

  • Project Conceptualization (e.g. scoping, feasibility)
  • Integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT)
  • Engaging Stakeholders
  • End-of-Grant (EoG) Knowledge Translation
  • Knowledge Products
  • Evaluating Knowledge Translation
  • Grant Review / Letters of Support

Implementation science refers to methods for influencing the uptake of research evidence and evidence-based practices. Implementation research considers the determinants, barriers and facilitators to uptake, and may be an essential component of your knowledge translation plan. We can help you plan, carry out and evaluate implementation.   Our services include:

  • Implementation Planning
  • Identifying Determinants, Barriers and Facilitators
  • Implementation Evaluation
  • Implementation scale spread and/or sustainability
  • Grant Review / Letters of Support
  • Finding Funding for Implementation Research

Patient engagement requires the meaningful involvement of patients, families and caregivers as equal partners throughout the entire research process, from setting priorities to moving the results of the research into front-line use. We help researchers think through the entire process of working with patients and patient partners as fully participating research partners.             

  • Linking research projects with interested patient research partners
  • Project support and consultation
  • Developing budgets for patient engagement, including patient appreciation
  • Advice on best practice in partnering with patient researchers
  • Letters of support
  • Evaluating patient engagement outcomes

We can help you determine who needs to be on your team and can help you build these partnerships. We can help you identify stakeholders’ priorities, and how these may be integrated in your research. We can help you to identify and develop key messages for different stakeholders and evaluate the impact your research has for stakeholders.

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