Science Table Profile

Anne Hayes


Chair, Evidence Synthesis Network Director, Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, Strategic Policy, Planning and French Language Services Division, Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care

Anne has an international track record in strategic policy and research development through progressive leadership roles in government organizations and universities in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and Canada. Since her recruitment to Ontario ten years ago, Anne has frequently been recognized with public service awards (ie ACE and Amethyst Awards) for her work on strategic policy and research initiatives at the Ministries of Health / Long-Term Care. Most recently, Anne has led the modernization of the research function creating the new Applied Health Evidence Program to guide strategic and relevant research investments applying integrated knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research approaches. She leads a team of high skilled policy and research analysts who provide tailored evidence synthesis, economic analysis, and evaluation consultancy services to clients across the ministries. She has actively brokered stronger relationships between the research community and health system knowledge users and is frequently a health system knowledge user on CIHR funded research grants. Anne and her team quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic including: established the Evidence Synthesis (ES) Network of leading ES experts across the province; produced a number of Evidence Synthesis Briefing Notes; produced weekly Evidence Updates for the sector; developed the COVID-19 Research Priorities Framework and Challenge Question initiative; partnered with Ministry of Colleges and Universities and CIHR on COVID-19 research funding opportunities; and participated in the COVID-19 modelling table.

Declaration(s) of Interest:
2021-02-06 (PDF), 2020-07-22 (PDF)