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Child Health Evaluative Sciences

CHES Themes

CHES’ inclusive scope encompasses tremendous diversity, illustrated here by the mosaic of small colourful hexagons (Figure 1). These represent the many scientists and patients engaged in research at CHES across numerous different health-care issues, disease mechanisms, and stages of human development, using a wide range of cutting-edge research methodologies. This diversity creates unique opportunities and challenges for CHES in generating scientific focus and collaborative research that balances the wealth of individual research produced. To address this, CHES developed three strategic themes to harness interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration: Translational Child Health Research, Methods Development, and Impact and Change (more below). By fostering new collaborations within the program, SickKids, Toronto, and beyond, that have lead to high quality and high impact research, CHES leverages innovation, integration, and translation from diversity, making it an exemplar of its kind worldwide.

Figure 1: CHES 2012 – 2017 | Scientific diversity brought together yielding one unified strategic vision.  

The following unifying themes are elaborated below (Figure 2):

  1. Translational Child Health Research defined as research addressing scientific questions (coming out of preclinical observations) that directly involve individuals, i.e. children, families, and members of the community, including health system research.
  2. Methods Development defined as creating, testing, and implementing innovative approaches and conceptual frameworks that enable answering scientific questions with valid answers while advancing the research methods field.
  3. Impact and Change defined as research that measurably improves health outcomes, research practices, health system performance, and policymaking for knowledge users, i.e. children, families, physicians, communities, researchers, funders, and policymakers.