Welcome to the Public and Patient Engagement Collaborative Website

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The Public and Patient Engagement (PPE) Collaborative was established in 2011. Our research and service activities focus on the role of patients and publics in health system policy making and health research, with a specific focus on the evaluation of these efforts. 
This website has been designed as a portal to access the latest research and news from the PPE Collaborative and to share tools for use in practice. Please use the links above to learn more about the PPE Collaborative.

You can also get updates about the PPE Collaborative's work on Twitter.

Our Projects

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An updated version of the Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET) was released in 2018. For more information and to download the tool, please see the PPEET page on this site.

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The Public Engagement in Health Policy project aims to strengthen health policymaking in Canada by providing a platform for interdisciplinary scholarship, education and leadership in public engagement. For more information, visit the project website here.

News and Updates

OHT Report March 2021

As part of the PPE Collaborative's work with Ontario Health Teams through our role on the Ministry of Health's Central Program of Supports for OHTs, we are pleased to release our report "Patient, Family and Caregiver Engagement in Ontario Health Teams: Learning from Early Experiences". This report shares the findings of a series of interviews we conducted with patient, family and caregiver partners and engagement leads from a number of Phase 1 OHTs in late 2020. The focus of the work was on understanding how patient, family and caregiver parters are recruited to OHTs; structures and activities established to provide opportunities for them to contribute, advise, partner or co-lead; the influences of COVID-19 on engagement, partnering and co-design activities; early assessments of impact; contributors and challenges to successful engagement; and, recommendations for supporting engagement and partnering in OHTs moving forward. 


Interested in engaging older adults as research partners but don’t know where to start? Check out this newly released guidance document on principles and strategies for engaging older adult patients, caregivers or community members in health research. This guide was developed for the MIRA Collaborative on Health & Aging but it offers useful guidance for anyone interested in learning more about the basics of high-quality engagement. 

Check it out here

Matters of Engagement

Julia was a recent guest on Jennifer Johannesen and Emily Nicholas Angl's Matters of Engagement podcast where she discussed evaluating patient engagement and her experiences as a researcher of patient engagement who also partners with patients. You can listen to the podcast here

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Dr. Julia Abelson and post-doctoral fellow Dr.Maggie MacNeil were featured on the second MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging Webinar. Speakers gave a background of patient-oriented research, discussed principles that guide the engagement of older people and provided insight into the results of a systematic review of the literature on the implementation and impact of patient or public involvement in health research. You can watch the webinar here.

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