How to Set Up a Health Research Project in the NWT

Hotıì ts’eeda is here to support researchers, community members, practitioners and policymakers in setting up their research projects in the NWT. Follow the steps below to set your research project up for success.

If you are a community member or group who wants to be connected to researchers to discuss your research priorities, contact Hotıì ts'eeda.


Process Map: How to Set Up a Health Research Project
 in the NWT

Step 1: Develop Research Idea

  • Researcher develops research proposal or idea.

  • Researcher reviews process maps, relevant legislation and policies, relevant regional organizations and licensing requirements to develop their proposal or idea.

Step 2: Connect with Hotıì ts'eeda

  • Researcher connects with Hotıì ts’eeda for help with planning and understanding the process.

Step 3: Work with Hotıì ts'eeda

  • Hotıì ts’eeda assists the researcher with processes, engagement, knowledge transfer and research methods.
  • Hotıì ts’eeda reviews the research proposal and makes suggestions regarding budget, partnerships, knowledge translation and how the research could support community priorities and capacity building.
  • When appropriate, Hotıì ts’eeda connects the researcher to relevant partners for input and participation.

Step 4: Connect with Partners

  • Researcher communicates with relevant organizations and provides research proposal for review. Relevant partners could include:
    • Indigenous Organizations: Research in the NWT requires meaningful partnerships with regional Indigenous organizations. Several organizations have stated research protocols and priorities as well as dedicated research support staff.
    • Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services: Research that uses medical data records or time in hospitals requires a review under the Health Information Act and a research agreement with the hospitals. This process is coordinated through the Department of Health and Social Services Research Coordinator and can be supported by Hotıì ts’eeda.
    • Other Organizations: Other organizations may include community groups, health-related organizations or other groups with relevant interests.
  • Partners review the research proposal.

Step 5: Partners Provide Feedback

  • Consulted organizations provide feedback, suggestions, decisions and other relevant information about the research plan to the researcher.
  • Consulted organizations communicate with the researcher to determine their level of involvement in the project.
  • Partners may provide letters of support.

Step 6: Update Research Plan

  • Researcher uses feedback to revise research plan.
  • Researcher continues to develop partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Researcher gathers letters of support.
  • Researcher prepares applications for licensing and ethics.

Step 7: Research is Reviewed

  • Aurora Research Institute reviews the application through its internal licensing process. This step may include:
    • Contacting regional health authorities,
    • Sending the proposal to relevant Government of the Northwest Territories departments,
    • Sending the proposal to any other organizations that might be impacted or involved (the researcher should have already been in touch with those organizations).
  • After the review, the Aurora Research Institute notifies the researcher of decision. If declined, the researcher can revise their application and resubmit.

Step 8: Research Team Conducts Research and Shares Knowledge

  • Researcher finalizes research plan and conducts research project.
  • During the project, the researcher shares results and knowledge with the community as per their agreements, ongoing community input and knowledge translation plan.
  • After research is completed, the researcher continues to share knowledge, publications and all other products from the project with community partners.