SCPOR Structure – Governance & Platforms


SCPOR is a collaboration of 8 Saskatchewan organizations* which have committed resources to SCPOR. The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) has provided funding to match 1:1 the resources committed by the Saskatchewan organizations.

The SCPOR Oversight Committee (see list of members here) is composed of members from each of the provincial organization partners and is responsible for strategic oversight of the operations of SCPOR. The Oversight Committee works with the Executive Director to create an annual operational plan, which is then recommended for formal approval with the Host Council.  It is Oversight Committee’s responsibility to ensure that SCPOR develops in accordance with the shared goals of the provincial partners and CIHR as expressed through SCPOR Vision, Mission and Values.

*These partners are Government of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and eHealth Saskatchewan.


SCPOR Platforms build upon and incorporate existing provincial health system, post-secondary, and community resources that are needed for the conduct of patient-oriented research (POR) in Saskatchewan. SCPOR is organized using six Platforms: Data Services; Knowledge Translation, Training and Capacity Building; Methods; Patient Engagement and Empowerment; and Indigenous Research & Engagement Expertise and Consultation and Research Services.Hover over each platform piece in the diagram below to learn more about that platform’s responsibilities.

Advising and contributing to SCPOR Programs and activities to advance SCPOR’s core values and build capacity in Indigenous-specific engagement and POR across the province.

Developing capacity for meaningful patient engagement to empower individuals, families and communities to engage as full participants in SCPOR governance and the complete range of research and research-related activities.

Providing the community with timely services in areas such as biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics and developing/building on methods for use within rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Supported by post-secondary organizations, offering training, mentoring and career development programs for clinical, health services and systems research and methodological patient-oriented researchers.

Supporting Applied Health Services Research scientific leadership to lead the engagement of decision-makers and build health services research capacity; providing specialized functions dedicated to knowledge translation; and, promoting effective approaches to implement clinical and health research findings and other evidence-based practices in to routine practice.

Linking administrative data to clinical data, linking clinical feeder system to consent-based and legislated registries, providing timely access to data.

Services to clients of the Unit at a fee forservice. (Note: this platform is not operational at SCPOR yet.)


The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is a coalition of organizations that support patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan. It is one of a number of provincial units supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build provincial and national capacity for patient-oriented research. Our partners include:





SCPOR is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as through cash and in-kind contributions from our partner organizations.