RITHIM has a mandate to accurately report to the Province, stakeholders, and the public on the effectiveness, growth, and impact of the department.
OVERALL EVALUATION PLAN:
An evaluation will be conducted on the RITHIM department with oversight from the Provincial RITHIM Committee (PRC), to help highlight the effectiveness of the harmonized ethics and privacy review process, and also to help identify where improvements can be made. Available baseline data will be collected from all stakeholders on aspects including:
The number of applications received;
The types of applications received;
Identify areas where applications were required to resubmit (e.g., identify common roadblocks); and
The length of time it takes for ethics and privacy approvals.
After the initial data collection, RITHIM will continue to be monitored to track how the process continues to improve on the baseline numbers, to facilitate how we need to adapt, and to help quickly identify any problems or issues to allow them to be addressed as soon as possible. This continual evaluation approach will also help RITHIM to remain nimble and responsive to changes that need to be made.
Due to the variety of areas that need to be addressed, data will be collected on four general sections:
Implementation (e.g., the planning that goes into building RITHIM itself);
Outreach (e.g., tracking how information about RITHIM is distributed);
Adoption of RITHIM (e.g., level of buy-in, uptake by stakeholders and researchers); and
Ethics and privacy reviews (e.g., how the ethics and privacy review process improves/get streamlined through RITHIM).
Short evaluation summaries will be completed at specified intervals and will include data results on identified limitations, strengths, challenges, and suggested next steps for consideration by the Provincial RITHIM Committee (PRC). Results of the evaluation process will also be shared including through the following avenues:
Regularly presented at PRC (and other) meetings as requested;
Through a quarterly dashboard to show progress (e.g., comparing the number of applications going through the system compared to past quarters);
An annual stakeholder survey for their feedback and input on strengths, challenges, suggestions for next steps; and
An annual (or biennial) report on the initiative and inroad made the previous year(s).
Return to this page for regular updates on the evaluation plan and process, and to see finalized results when they are ready.
For more information on the evaluation plan you may contact the Director of RITHIM, Freyja Arnason, who consults with Ryan Catte, the Manager of Evaluation & Impact at Research Manitoba.