Health Innovation and Evaluation Hub

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Lise Gauvin


Theme leader:

Lise Gauvin, Ph.D.



Researchers of the theme

Publications of the researchers


Adjunct theme leader:
Janusz Kaczorowski, M.A., Ph.D.

Janusz Kaczorowski

Adjunct theme leader:
Paul Hébert, M.D., M.H.Sc., FRCPC

Paul Hébert


This theme reflects the determination to make CHUM a learning, teaching and communicating hospital. It fosters solutions issues involving care or the organization of care, through research activities.


The Health Innovation and Evaluation Hub (CIES – Carrefour de l’Innovation et de l’Évaluation en Santé) relies on the thoroughness, critical approach and creativity of scientific studies to develop innovative responses to health issues observed in practice. Whether an assumption originates from a care team, medical team or any other authority seeking to rely on the unique strength of the CIES, the community of scientists, clinicians and managers working within the Carrefour strives to gain a better understanding of a situation, convert data from evidence into innovations applicable in care settings, and assess the impact.

The CIES strives for more effective and efficient care by applying the scientific process to innovation in the healthcare field. It fosters alignment between the clinical, research, teaching and management components. It helps tear down silos and enables all authorities interacting with patients to work together in the search for lasting, proven solutions adapted to the public’s needs.

The CIES current activities are grouped around the following sub-themes:

  • Professional Practice Improvement / Disease Prevention / Health Promotion 
  • Transformation of Healthcare Systems / Health Services / Programs & Public Policies
  • Epidemiology / Risk Factors / Evaluation / Pragmatic Trials & Implementation Science / Quantitative & Qualitative Methods / Knowledge Transfer & Exchange


The CIES is a unique, effective, and agile forum that brings together researchers, clinicians, managers, patients, and students. The scientific method is used to transform professional practice in the health professions, healthcare, and public health as well as to foster the integration of innovations by mobilizing the expertise of all members. CIES members address issues encountered by professionals throughout the healthcare system, by supporting patient-centred research, and knowledge transfer and exchange focused on action. CIES members also strive to be on the cutting edge of methodologies in patient-centred research.

The CIES’ mission is to contribute to the continued improvement of healthcare, services, programs, and policies by participating in the creation of an environment favourable to the development of patient-centred research projects, supporting evaluation of innovations for optimized treatments and prevention, and facilitating data analysis and knowledge generation to support continued learning.

  • Mobilize the research and clinical communities, industry, patients, policy makers, and practitioners to transform and improve professional practices through stimulating scientific activity.
  • Provide specialized expertise with innovative approaches to support projects for improving and transforming patient-centred care and services.
  • Provide training and supervision.
  1. Sustainably integrating scientific knowledge and activities into all departments at the CHUM, in order to: 
    • Share issues identified in clinical practice and the organization of care; 
    • Share recognized expertise; 
    • Promote promising projects;
    • Foster knowledge transfer and exchange.
  2. Supporting projects originating from communities of practice, in order to: 
    • Increase success by improving the design of research projects, providing consultations in biostatistics and research methods, establishing databases, discussing contemporary patient-centred research issues;
    • Expedite the transfer of scientific knowledge to users and patients.
  3. Developing methodological approaches for conducting patient-centred research and promoting knowledge transfer and exchange, in close cooperation with CHUM’s Teaching Directorate, the Académie du CHUM, and CHUM’s Evaluation of Technologies and Intervention Modalities Unit
  1. Scientific activities
    • Emerging Protocols
      Monthly activity designed to provide researchers feedback on research protocols in progress
    • Mastering Methods
      Activity under development designed to make new and emerging methodologies known and promote sound use of frequently used methods
    • Ideas Incubator
      Exchange activities designed to identify clinical and management questions and issues that might become the focus of research projects
    • Cultivating a Learning Healthcare System at the CHUM 
      Knowledge exchange and transfer activities to foster dissemination of knowledge acquired produce through scientific research to improve the quality of care, programs, and policies
  2. Methodological Support and Consultation
    • Access to expertise available from CIES members and qualified staff
      Rapid validation of an idea and orientation towards the most appropriate methodological approach 
    • Facilitation of collaboration between research teams and support staff
      Inclusion of support staff on the project team to provide required methodological backing 
    • Ad hoc support in the form of services
      The current areas of expertise are: 
      • Design and implementation of studies;
      • Biostatistics;
      • Clinical and evaluation studies in a real-world contexts;
      • Research partnerships with patients and the public.
  3. Initiation of a Seed Funding Program to support “Patient-centred Research Project” 

    Seed funding of up to $35,000 for projects designed to improve clinical or management practices by generating and analyzing evidence to respond to a relevant applied research question.
  4. Implementation of knowledge transfer and exchange in partnership with the CHUM Teaching Directorate and the Académie du CHUM
    • Develop knowledge transfer and exchange tools – Coming Soon 
    • Development of teaching materials to facilitate implementation of innovative interventions that were either developed or evaluated – Coming Soon
  1. By leading a project requiring the expertise and support of the CIES team
  2. By becoming a member of the CIES (researchers, clinicians, managers)

    Contact Lise Gauvin, Director, Carrefour de l’innovation et de l’évaluation en santé:


Did you know that…

It takes 17 years on average for just 14 percent of scientific discoveries to become part of clinical practice? CIES seeks to improve this statistic and expedite application of research findings to patients.

Source: Yearbook of Medical Informatics : Managing Clinical Knowledge for Health Care Improvement. Stuttgart, Germany: Schattauer Verlagsgesellschaft mbH; 2000