Full Report 2001

The full report for Listening for Direction: A national consultation on health services and policy issues includes the summary report, follow-up action from the Listening for Directions partners, as well as additional documents describing the consultation's core processes and parallel activities.

Summary Report (PDF, 196 KB)
The summary report describes the priority research themes identified at the conclusion of the shared processes and parallel activities.

The Partners and Follow-up Actions

Partner Follow-up

Listening for Direction Background

Core Process

The core process of the national consultation on health services and policy issues consisted of three stages:

  • Environmental Scan by the Canadian Policy Research Networks to map out a picture of priority issues in health services
    In the first stage of the core consultation process, the partners commissioned an environmental scan. The Canadian Policy Research Network assessed health services research priorities from three perspectives: relevant funding organizations (including international agencies); health sector managers and policy makers; and applied health services research groups. The scan served as background information during the whole process and was used as a catalyst for the national and regional workshop discussions.
  • National & Regional Workshops where decision makers and researchers brought forth health services and policy priority issues
  • Translation Workshop where the identified priority issues were translated into research themes

Parallel Activities

Priority Themes Validation Survey Results

Following the release of the Listening for Direction summary report, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, on behalf of the partners, conducted a survey of participants from the six priority assessment workshops to assess their agreement with the final results as summarized in the document.

Following the release of the Listening for Direction summary report, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, on behalf of the partners, conducted a survey of participants from the six priority assessment workshops to assess their agreement with the final results as summarized in the document.

Over 40 percent — 70 participants — responded to the survey. Of these:

  • 90 percent felt their main priority issues are addressed by the final list of priorities
  • 85 percent felt the themes reflect the issues raised in their workshops
  • 75 percent agreed the top issue is health human resources

Lessons Learned

During the consultation, we learned valuable lessons about organizing priority consultations on a national basis. Some lessons have to do with the overall process and others concern the design of the workshops per se.