Leadership, governance and risk management for research projects

Presenter Bio: 
Alison Paprica

Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Vice President, Health Strategy and Partnerships, ‎Vector Institute.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brief description: 

It’s research, things aren’t going to go exactly as planned. The questions are who decides what to change, and how and when will they do that? This hands-on workshop begins with a brief presentation of the trade-offs that must be made under the triple constraint of project management – scope, schedule and budget. For example, that you cannot double the number of deliverables without affecting the time and/or cost it will take to complete the work. We’ll then have a live facilitated session to identify participants’ views on the important negative risks that can affect research projects and discuss ways that those risks can be managed. There will be a seminar on different types of governance and decision-making bodies, and the workshop will conclude with a hands-on simulated decision-making exercise.


By the end of the session participants will be able to:

• Recognize that people leading research projects sometimes need to make trade-offs between scope, schedule and budget.
• Describe important risks that can negatively affect research projects and be able to develop risk responses for those risks.
• Understand governance bodies including the roles and benefits that can come from having one or more of: a Research Executive Team, an Executive Sponsor, a Steering Committee or and Advisory Committee.
• Establish and implement a process that allows a research team or governance body to come to a decision in cases where there isn’t immediate consensus among members.


Maximum number of participants: room maximum.

Participants should bring a mobile phone or computer to participate in online polling.