Our Work - Evaluation


Since its inception the Evaluation team has been providing leadership and support in creating an environment of evidence-informed decision making throughout the WRHA.

Working collaboratively with program and service staff, care providers and the wider community, our research, evaluation and knowledge translation expertise is recognized as a vital component of the region's work to improve patient care and the health of the population.

Our work in health services and population health research is innovative, multi-disciplinary, applied and culturally proficient.

Did you know 2015 is the International Year of Evaluation? The aim of designating 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels. For more information, please click here.

Please join us for a celebration on December 4 in recognition of 2015 International Year of Evaluation and the Evaluation Platform’s 10th anniversary.


Current Projects

Grants Received

The following is a select list of research grants that the Research and Evaluation Team has submitted or has assisted in submitting and for which funding has been received.  For a complete list and details of grants to which the Team has applied and/or for which funding has been received, contact the Director of Evaluation, Colleen Metge, cmetge@wrha.mb.ca or (204) 926-7127.

Grants for which the Research & Evaluation Team are directly responsible:

Funding Organzation

Funding Received

Grant Project Title/Principal Investigator (P.I.)

Funding Period

Lawson Foundation


Diabetes Cardiac Surgery Initiative (DCI): A community based pre-cardiac surgery diabetes care project

Dec 2012-Dec 2014

Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research


Impact of spiritual round rooms on client experience in mental health service settings: learning from the Community Mental Health Crisis Response Centre (CRC)




Knowledge Synthesis -PA: Access to Mental Hlth Svs - Children & Youth -IHDCYH: Fall 2011 competition, "EMental

Health Services for Children and Youth: An Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative and Quantitative Research on

Availability, Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, Acceptability, and Equity"

Mar 2012-Sep 2013



Silos and Social Identity (Scoping Review & Synthesis) (P.D.M. M. Moffatt) (P.I. S. Kreindler)

April, 2009-March 2012

CHSRF-Harkness Associate Award


Implementation of Integration (Early Experiences with ACOs)
(P.I. S. Kreindler)

Sept 2010-June 2011

Canadian Institutes of Health Research


From Interpreting to Integrating Marginalized Evidence (Phase II) (P.I. S. Bowen)

Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009

Research Ethics and Approval

All research involving humans (including) staff performed in WRHA related facilities, programs or services must seek and obtain approval from one of the Research Ethics Boards (REBs) constituted by the University of Manitoba.  WRHA employees, those individuals with written contracts for services and individuals who are governed by individual bylaws can submit proposals to the Human REBs in the Faculty of Medicine, even in the absence of an affiliation with the University of Manitoba.  In some instances (e.g. graduate student doing a degree in an institution outside Manitoba), the approval of a REB from another recognized institution will be accepted at the discretion of the WRHA, Executive Director of Research.  Criteria for such an exemption would be “minimal risk” projects qualifying for expedited review by a REB.  Any study with more than minimal risk must have University of Manitoba REB approval.

In addition, all research involving humans performed in WRHA related facilities, programs or services must also seek and receive approval from the relevant Institutional Review/Impact Committees.  This committee assesses the impact of the proposed research on WRHA resources, and ensures that WRHA standards regarding privacy and confidentiality are addressed.   A complete listing of these facilities is available.

If the research is to be conducted in a WRHA facility, program or service not covered by another Research Review committee, research projects must seek and receive approval from the WRHA Research Review Committee

It is expected that all quality improvement / program evaluation activities are conducted according to ethical principles. Not all quality improvement / program evaluation activities are, however, required to submit a proposal to the HREB or WRHA Research Review Committee.  Please read the following to determine whether your quaility improvement or program evaluation activity requires such review. If you have any questions regarding the WRHA Research Review Committee, please contact Judy Dyrland at 926-7034 or by email at jdyrland2@wrha.mb.ca Judy is the Coordinator for the WRHA Research Review Committee and looks after all incoming research applications and submissions.

For general ethics issues unrelated to research please contact the WRHA Ethics Services.

Community Health Assessment

Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an ongoing activity of the WRHA. The purpose is to identify community health assets and issues, set health objectives and monitor progress towards those objectives. WRHA planners, program teams and others regularly use this information to identify priorities and to develop and support action plans in their daily work.

What is the Research and Evaluation Unit's Role?
The Research and Evaluation Unit is responsible for taking leadership of the following CHA activities in the Winnipeg Health Region (WHR). We:

  • Develop CHA processes in collaboration with stakeholders from the organization (e.g. Medical Officers of Health, Program Teams)
  • Gather appropriate evidence to assess the health status of the population
  • Facilitate appropriate use of data on socio-economic, cultural and community-based factors that influence health and people's experiences with health care
  • Develop partnerships across the WHR
  • Promote community participation and engagement
  • Build capacity for interpreting and using data for the purposes of identifying health issues and planning
  • Produce the WRHA’s CHA comprehensive report
  • Produce and disseminating focused CHA reports
  • Prepare Community Area Profiles
  • Collaborate with other RHAs through membership in Manitoba's Community Health Assessment Network (CHAN)


A New Direction for the WRHA CHA
In 2005, a regional Community Health Assessment Committee was struck to lead the WRHA in setting a new direction for CHA. CHA has been redesigned to strengthen its usefulness for ongoing regional health planning/operations, and to engage communities in the process.

WRHA Community Health Assessment Committee Terms of Reference

Community Health Assessment 2009: Purpose, Objectives, Philosophy, and Approach

Operationalizing the Redesign of the WRHA Community Health Assessment Process

Regional Guidelines for Community Health Assessment

The CHA process is coordinated provincially by the Community Health Assessment Network (CHAN)—a province-wide collaborative group consisting of representatives from all Regional Health Authorities, CancerCare Manitoba, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and Manitoba Health and Healthy Living.  The CHA Guidelines Working Group, comprised of members from health authorities across the province and staff from Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, have prepared regional guidelines to support health authorities in Manitoba conducting community health assessments.  

Education Opportunities


The Evaluation platform regularly presents the Research@Home series. Presentations in this series provide information, and opportunities for discussion on research conducted by WRHA staff or involving WRHA programs and services.  If you have suggestions for topics to be presented as part of this series, or have any questions, please contact us: ResearchAndEvaluation@wrha.mb.ca

Want help accessing evidence-based information? Request a literature search

Health Planners Toolkit

The WRHA’s draft priority setting criteria were developed by the Resource Allocation Committee to provide a framework to guide decisions related to setting priorities for health care planning in the region.  The criteria were developed based on prior consultations with the WRHA Community Health Advisory Councils (CHACs) and other work done in Canada related to priority setting.  The criteria are divided into pre-screening criteria, which consider the alignment of the proposal with WRHA and provincial goals and strategic directions and review criteria that will be used to rank submissions and determine priorities.

This user’s guide has been developed to help in the preparation of submissions.  The user’s guide:

  • Provides further understanding of each criteria
  • Includes a glossary of relevant terms
  • Provides guidance on the evidence that could be used to support each criteria
  • Is a companion to the on-line Health Planners Toolkit which will help you to find appropriate evidence.  

Priority Setting Criteria Guide (PDF)

Senior decision makers will review the submissions, and priorities will be determined using these criteria. 

An effective and ethical priority setting process should be informed by evidence. It should reflect the ethical principles of equity, transparency, accountability and reasonableness.  Evidence is not limited to published research.  It also includes the experiences of patients and families, clinical experience, context-specific evidence such as evaluations and quality improvement initiatives, and locally produced, quality data.

Services Offered

Evaluation Support Services Offered

i. Program evaluation (starting at a project's planning stage)

ii. Community and population health research support

iii. For WRHA units and, in collaboration with CHI SUPPORT services listed above, we can assist with:

  1. access to data
  2. methodological support and methods development
  3. health systems and health services research support
  4. knowledge synthesis (rapid, qualitative & quantitative)
  5. integrated (embedded) knowledge translation support
  6. application of implementation science methods