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Awards to Canada Researchers for Addressing Health Policy & Healthcare Questions through Data Analysis

Data Impact Challenge


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #158132

Grant Description

Awards of up to $20,000 to Canada researchers and data analysts to tackle a challenging health policy or health care question using data analysis. Teams authorized to access Canadian health care data sets are invited to compete for the awards by using their data to answer at least one of the following questions:

1) What is the rate of repeated laboratory tests within a ninety (90) day period?

2) What is the rate of repeated diagnostic imaging tests within a ninety (90) day period?

3) Does prompt access to a discharge summary (within 2-4 days) by primary care providers reduce the rate of readmissions and/or emergency department (ED) visits?

4) Does pharmacist access to a patient’s dispensed medication history at the time of dispensing affect the rate of inappropriate prescriptions for opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines?

5) What is the rate of follow-up (first patient contact by the ordering clinician) for abnormal lab results, within one week?

6) For one of the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations referenced below, provide the specified baseline metric?

Each submission will be judged by experts against specific criteria to select the award recipients.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Participants must reside in Canada and report on relevant Canadian health data sets.

While some health data sets are publicly available, most are held by authorized users of data sets, such as a research organization, ministry of health or health care provider organization. Participants must be authorized to the access data sets required to answer one or more of the questions and be authorized to share the findings.

Pre-Application Information:

-Challenge Begins; questions revealed: May 12, 2015, 12 PM ET
-Answer submission period: May 12, 2015 – July 15, 2015
-Answer submission deadline: July 15, 2015, 3 PM ET
-Judging: July – October 2015
-Award Announcement: October 2015

The Data Impact Challenge invites participants to answer questions developed by Infoway in consultation with supporting organizations. These questions are available here:

Teams are required to answer at least one question to qualify for Challenge awards, but may answer more. The more responses entered, the greater the potential to receive awards.

Register online here:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 11.

Estimated Size of Grant:

First Place Award: $20,000 (1 available).
Runner-up Awards: $10,000 (up to 5 available).
Acceptable Answer Draw: $2,000 (up to 5 available).

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