Advancing Health Leadership Research, Knowledge and Evaluation

Canadian Health Leadership Exchange and Acceleration Working Group (HLEA)

The HLEA Working Group was established in 2018 and replaces the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group.



Health Leadership Action Plan

Leadership is no longer viewed as a function of position or authority. Leadership is a “social good”. Everyone benefits from increasing our collective leadership capacity. With this in mind, the Canadian Health Leadership Network and partner organizations banded together in the spirit of “leadership without ownership” to scope out the issues surrounding the encouragement and achievement of improved health leadership in Canada.

Research & Evaluation Working Group

The Research & Evaluation Working Group is a link between academic researchers with knowledge users. It produces ongoing work including: the Leading Thru COVID Action Research Project, Benchmarking Study, Leadership and Health System Redesign (PHSI Project), and Leadership Development Impact Assessment Toolkit (LDI).



Leadership and Health System Redesign (PHSI Project)

In March 2010, a nascent network of researchers, decision makers, and knowledge mobilizers acting under the agency of the Canadian Health Leadership Network and the Centre for Health Leadership and Research (CHLR) at Royal Roads University (RRU) were awarded funding through the Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) program of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the project Leadership and Health System Redesign. The Leadership and Health Systems Redesign project studied, over three years, effective leadership practices in six case studies across the country, and compared them to emerging frameworks for best practices in leadership in the health system.

CHLNet Benchmarking Study

Leadership is increasingly being identified as a critical success factor in health system performance and yet there is what many believe a growing and widening leadership gap. A multitude of factors explain the gap but primarily cited are the complexity and pace of change occurring in the health system, and the aging profile of current leaders. CHLNet has developed a database of common leadership data and metrics against which to measure/benchmark the impact of leadership investments over time.

In 2014, CHLNet did its first benchmarking study and five years later an expert steering group comprised of decision makers and academics stewarded our second effort called Bench II. This initiative was conducted in partnership with academics and in collaboration with Health Canada, Canadian College of Health Leaders, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI Manitoba), and HealthCareCAN.

2019 BenchII Study Final Reports:

2014 Benchmark Study Final Report:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkits

The Canadian Health Leadership Network and the Canadian College of Health Leaders were proud to partner with the Empowering Women Leaders in Health Initiative led by uOttawa Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions Dr. Ivy Bourgeault and her research team in the launch of these evidence-informed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Toolkits and Community for Practice.

The EDI Toolkits, developed with funding from Status of Women Canada, aims to support diverse women’s leadership in health care and academic health sciences building on the foundation of the five LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework capabilities, or ‘levels of action’.

Two accompanying ally toolkits – The Ally Toolkit for Men and the Ally Toolkit in Support of Diverse Leadership – aim to support inclusive leadership more broadly.

Since both men and women have an important role to play as allies, mentors and sponsors who support diverse women to move into leadership roles, these toolkits are available to help promote inclusivity across all leadership positions.

Make sure to visit the LEADS Community for Practice website to find out how you can ADOPT and ADAPT some of the promising practices included in these toolkits.

CLICK HERE to access the toolkits.

Leading Thru COVID Project

Findings from our action research project to curate current leadership practices during COVID and what new practices should be employed to build our future health and care system is synthesized in a two-page Executive Summary. Our two peer reviewed articles are now published on The relevance of the LEADS framework during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Leading through the first wave of COVID: a Canadian action study.