Below are various resource links & documents picked by our team of research support coordinators. Click the header of a topic you're interested in to view its full contents.

Patient Engagement 


Groups & Organizations

  • International Association for Public Participation

    IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world.

    Resources Include:

    • Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
    • IAP2 Spectrum of Participation

    Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

    Resources Include:

    • Briefing notes for researchers
    • Evidence Library
    • Publications
    • Cost Calculator
    • Research Project Database
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

    A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with the goal to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.


Knowledge Translation 



End of Grant Knowledge Translation Planning Template

  • A guide for planning the dissemination and application of your research results.

Integrated Knowledge Translation Plan and Knowledge User Assessment

  • A guide for planning a research project that engages knowledge users.


Groups & Organizations


Evidence Synthesis 


  • CIHR: A Guide to Knowledge Synthesis
    This is an excellent summary created by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research of what evidence (or knowledge) synthesis is, why it’s important, and the various methods that fall under evidence synthesis research. It also has a useful list of additional sources for further reading.


Groups & Organizations

  • The Cochrane Collaboration
    The Cochrane Collaboration conducts systematic reviews on health research and health policy topics, with a focus on quantitative research (e.g. randomized-controlled trials).

  • The Joanna Briggs Institute
    The Joanna Briggs Institute conducts systematic reviews on various health topics, using qualitative as well as quantitative research, and with more of a nursing and allied health focus.

  • The Campbell Collaboration
    The Campbell collaboration conducts systematic reviews on education, crime, justice, international development, and social welfare. They also produce methodology resources and training.


Privacy & Ethics 



REB Best Practice Guide

*Presented on November 27, 2015. Click here to view the recording.

The MSSU REB Best Practice Guide supports researchers and the Research Ethics Board review process for research that may involve the use of data not collected primarily for research purposes, data held by the government or a ‘data custodian’, hundreds or thousands of observations in the analysis, historical data on subjects, who may have since died or moved, or a justification for a consent waiver.



Provincial Legislation