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Research Facilitation

Who we are

Research Facilitation provides consultation and support for research and innovation projects that are of priority to Alberta Health Services. We also provide consultation to all researchers that would like to use AHS data sources for research purposes. The level of support that we provide to research projects is determined by the strength of endorsement by the Strategic Clinical Networks and the level of priority assigned by AHS. The services we provide and our criteria for providing support are described below. Please email research.facilitation@ahs.ca to request these services.

Contact Us

research.facilitation@ahs.ca
Research Facilitation
Research Priorities and Implementation
Foothills Medical Centre
1403-29 St. NW Calgary, AB T2N 2T9
Data Extraction

Data extraction and linkage from AHS Administrative Data Sources for Research Ethics Board approved projects. For typical research projects, these services are free of charge. Charges may apply to highly complex projects and industry-funded research. Services include:

  • Refine research question to make it suitable for analysis using administrative data sources
  • Identify appropriate administrative data sources
  • Identify and operationalize cohorts using administrative data
  • Identify and operationalize outcome measures
  • Identify and operationalize covariates and confounding factors
  • Prepare a data acquisition plan that describes steps to take in acquiring data
Proposal Development

Assessment of administrative data suitability and availability. The following supports are offered to ALL researchers planning to conduct research using AHS data sources:

  • Refine research question to make it suitable for analysis using administrative data sources
  • Identify appropriate administrative data sources
  • Identify and operationalize cohorts using administrative data
  • Identify and operationalize outcome measures
  • Identify and operationalize covariates and confounding factors
  • Prepare a data acquisition plan to describe steps to take in acquiring data

Research study methods. The following supports are offered free of charge for priority AHS and SCN endorsed projects (we do NOT provide these supports for student/trainee projects):

  • Research question refinement
  • Study design
  • Sample size calculations
  • Analysis plan
Statistical Analysis Supports

Statistical Analysis supports. The following supports are offered free of charge for high priority AHS and SCN research projects that do not have research funding. Other projects can request these supports on a cost-recovery basis. We do not provide support for student and trainee projects.

  • Oversight of study analysis
  • Statistical analysis plans
  • Assessment of data quality
  • Descriptive and univariate statistics
  • Advanced statistical methods, including: Generalized Linear Models, Survival Methods, Mixed Effects Models, Multilevel Modeling, Time Series Analysis, Simulation
  • Interpretation of results
  • Production of figures and tables for publication
  • Writing and reviewing methods and results sections for manuscripts and reports