Research Data Management Strategy


Research at Michener is formally conducted through The Institute for Education Research (TIER) within UHN – through projects funded by our research partners, by TIER appointed Principal investigators (PIs). For all such research, Michener Institute would follow the UHN Research Data Management Strategy and rely on UHN infrastructure and policies for data retention and storage. Such research would also be conducted according to the Michener Institute’s policy on Responsible Conduct of Research (under review).

For quality improvement projects and research conducted by non-TIER appointed members at Michener, the Institutional Analysis & Evaluation (IAE) group will be responsible for collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to support internal stakeholders with planning, decision-making, and continuous quality improvement. Institutional Analysis and Evaluation will also provide consultative support to Michener faculty and staff engaged in culture of inquiry. Such data collection and analysis would be guided by the Michener Institute’s “DRST Review Procedure“, Data Review/Scholarship Tracking “(DRST) Submission Requirements & Administrative Review Policy”, “Intellectual Property Policy” and “Responsible Conduct of Research Policy” (under review).

Michener Institute of Education at the University Health Network recognizes the importance of effective research data management (RDM) in promoting high-quality research, ensuring data integrity, and complying with ethical and legal obligations. This strategy outlines an approach that includes promoting and advancing institution-wide principles, practices, and support services to enable Research Data Management (RDM) that meets the needs of our research community and aligns with broader Michener Institute policies and data oversight goals.

Michener Institute Research Data Management Strategy

Research data management (RDM) practices are integral to conducting responsible research. RDM involves the processes and standards applied throughout the lifecycle of a research project to guide the planning, creation and collection, processing, analyzing, documenting, disseminating, and sharing, storage and preservation, and the reuse of research data.

Michener Institute is the only institution in Canada devoted exclusively to applied health sciences education. Michener Institute is a leading academic partner for the healthcare system in Ontario and beyond and recognizes data as an important research output. As Canada’s only post-secondary school embedded within a research hospital network, Michener Institute of Education at UHN embodies a culture of enquiry and continual quality improvement.

The Michener Institute Research Data Management (RDM) Strategy aligns with the key priorities of the UHN Research Strategic Plan 2019-2023 to empower research teams and collaboration, unleash the power of technology and innovation, and accelerate the translation of discovery to practice.

The Michener Institute’s RDM Strategy is developed in consultation with the UHN Research Data Management Working Group which is comprised of UHN scientists, UHN Digital leadership, as well as policy and regulatory experts.

The UHN Research Data Management Working Group consulted extensively with other key organizational stakeholders including the UHN Data Governance Committee, UHN Research Council Executive Committee, UHN Clinical Research Executive Committee, UHN Indigenous Health Program, and UHN Commercialization. Accountability and final approval of the Strategy resides with the UHN EVP Science & Research.

Recognizing the importance of a consistent and harmonized approach to research data management, the UHN Research Data Management Strategy was developed in consultation with the TAHSNr Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy Table to promote consistency with the University of Toronto and other research hospitals as part of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

Both Michener and UHNs Research Data Management Strategy is guided by the FAIR principles which promote research data that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The RDM Strategy aims to enhance institutional RDM capacity by building upon existing infrastructure, services, training, and good data management practices that:

  • Promote institutional policy, standards, and leading practices in planning for data management.
  • Align to and enhance the UHN Education Strategic Plan & UHN Research Strategic Plan .
  • Ensure data security through digital storage and data repository infrastructure.
  • Enable public access, collaboration, data sharing and reuse by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Address key considerations in research ethics, privacy, legal and commercialization interests.
  • Incorporates the values of community stakeholders in keeping with principles of inclusivity and equity.

UHN RDM steering committee: This group will meet every 6 months to review, prioritize and oversee progress on initiatives related to RDM.  The Director, TIER or delegate will be a member, who would advise the Steering Committee on TIER-related RDM needs.