About Us

Who We Are:

The Methods Hub is a group of dedicated health researchers who have expertise in methodology. The Methods Hub focuses on consolidating individual and collective expertise across the spectrum of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Methodologically-based research offers a strong foundation for researchers wishing to engage in high profile and rigorous applied research in health.

Our Vision:  Tools for Better Health! – The best standardized methods available to every researcher.

Our Mission: The mission of The Methods Hub is to promote the use of the best available methods to study patient-centred outcome research and promote health of populations.

Our Values: 

  • Promote the use of the best methods available to conduct health research
  • Enact the highest standards of scientific integrity
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration

What we do:

The group conducts regular presentations, discussions, and writing of manuscripts and grants. We are housed within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary however, our group includes researchers from all Universities & Organizations in Alberta. Part of the work of the Methods Hub includes supporting researchers with Patient-Oriented Research through the Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), as the Methods Support and Development Platform. We collaborate with other groups, such as W21C and APPROACH. We also work closely with local stakeholders (Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Networks).

Structure:

There are 8 themes within the Methods Hub:

  1. Knowledge Synthesis
  2. Health Economics
  3. Patient Oriented Research
  4. Data Analytics
  5. Statistical Analysis
  6. Chronic Disease Surveillance
  7. Qualitative Research
  8. Health Informatics

Each theme has a lead who is responsible for outreach activities (educational component) and to expand and complete applied methods within their topic. A focus on translation of methods to areas of health and on the application of methods being a priority.

Within each theme several topic areas are covered. For example for Patient Oriented Research we have topics such as performance measures, patient safety, Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), Patient reported experience measures (PREMs) & patient engagement.