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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 unifying research themes in CHES are:

  1. Translational Child Health Research defined as discovery, evaluative, preventive, and implementation research involving child health scientific questions that can only be answered with the involvement of individual humans (e.g., children, families, and people in their community) and also includes health systems research.
  2. Methods Development defined as creating, testing, and implementing innovative conceptual frameworks and research tools that will address child health scientific questions and generate valid answers.
  3. Impact and Change defined as research that demonstrably improves health outcomes, research practices, health system performance, and policy making, relevant to a broad range of knowledge users: children, families, physicians, communities, researchers, funders, and policymakers. 

Together, these three themes capture all CHES faculty research activities. The majority of our scientists specialize in one theme area, but many work on research that spans two themes. Some scientists are active in all three themes.

Figure 2: CHES Themes