Accessing Centre for Expertise


Do you want to connect with academic experts for advice or to collaborate on a project?

Do you need help positioning your health organization within a changing health policy landscape?

Are you seeking the latest knowledge and insights on a key challenge faced by your organization?

ACE connects you with our health experts.

What is ACE?

The Accessing Centre for Expertise (ACE) is based in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. The ACE mission is to make it easier for a diverse range of health organizations to connect to the breadth and depth of our multidisciplinary faculty and graduate student expertise.

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is the largest public health school in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Almost 800 faculty hold academic appointments in the School, training over 1,000 graduate students. Our research has an impact locally, nationally and globally.

What ACE does

Interested in collaborating with an academic expert but not sure where to start?

ACE is a one-stop shop for accessing expertise and services from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the broader Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Our ACE team provides three main categories of service:

Navigation: ACE helps you connect with the right expertise through a variety of services and tools:

Planning: ACE can work with you to review and refine your project objectives and questions, and outline project options

Collaboration: ACE can work directly with you to provide a range of services, including but not limited to strategic planning, program evaluation, evidence review/synthesis, evidence generation (e.g., surveys), data analysis/interpretation, and stakeholder dialogues

Why choose ACE?

Expertise: Drawing on a community of professors, senior fellows, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, ACE provides access to incredible breadth and depth of expertise in all areas of health and health care.

Objectivity: ACE experts pursue non-partisan objectivity. Our aim is to inform discussion, debate and decisions through development of unbiased evidence to solve problems.

Rigour: ACE experts use the most appropriate scientific methods available to analyze your questions with rigour and relevance.

Customer-focused: ACE customizes services to fit your needs. ACE also provides complete administrative support and ensures that all collaborations are conducted in a timely and efficient manner.

Some of the organizations ACE has worked with

Who we are

In addition to expertise from across the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, ACE is led by three faculty members:

Mark DobrowMark Dobrow, PhD – Director, ACE
Mark is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. While always maintaining a foot in academia, Mark has held a number of positions that bridge health systems/policy research and leadership for national and provincial health agencies, including at the Health Council of Canada, Health Quality Ontario, and Cancer Care Ontario. Mark is also the inaugural Executive Director of Converge3 – a policy research centre that provides evidence-informed guidance to health system stakeholders. His primary research interests focus on developing evidence infrastructure and making connections between researchers and decision-makers more effective and efficient. Read More

Lucas DufourLucas Dufour, PhD – Associate Director, ACE
Lucas is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Lucas is an academic and a consultant. He is the co-founder of the company Performance Lab, which has worked with companies and institutions in France to support their transformational initiatives through scientific surveys. His research activities include the onboarding and talent management of healthcare employees as well as innovation and creativity. Read More

Rebecca Hancock-HowardRebecca Hancock-Howard, PhD – Associate Director, ACE
Rebecca is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Rebecca is passionate about using health economic evidence to inform real world decision-making and policy. Rebecca has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors as a consultant and health economist. Rebecca has conducted economic evaluations in a variety of clinical areas and settings, serving governments, local and global pharmaceutical companies, start-ups, device manufacturers, hospitals, and the academic community. As a senior health economist at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Rebecca supported policy development for key priorities. Her research interests include health technology assessment and evidence-based policy. Read More