Impact can be seen in the development of a new vaccine to fight disease and in the design of better interventions to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome. It can be measured in the successful leveraging of additional dollars to fund more Saskatchewan-based health research and in publishing the success of researchers in scientific journals.
SHRF has worked with other health research funding agencies and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences to develop a framework that measures returns on investment in health research. This framework builds upon the previous work done by Buxton and Hanney (the payback model) that was adapted by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Through this framework, the impacts of health research can be tracked using indicators within five categories: