Francophone initiative

Databases to support research on Francophones

Who are we?

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) is a network of research centers that engages researchers, patients and other partners in patient-oriented research to improve the health of Ontarians and the health care system.

The Ontario Francophone Communities Research Initiative (OFCI), also known as IF-COFFRE (for Initiative Francophone-Communautés Ontariennes Francophones Facilitant la Recherche Equitable) is one of three OSSU initiatives providing cross-cutting expertise on the following priority areas from an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) perspective: First Nations and Other Indigenous (Métis and Inuit), Francophone, and Sex and Gender.

What do we do ?

To achieve its objectives, IF-COFFRE offers the following services:

  1. We provide one-on-one support as an advisory service for OSSU members, other SPOR entities and those receiving CIHR funding on how to incorporate language variables into your project.
  2. We act as a broker by connecting patient partners with research teams seeking to include francophone perspectives.
  3. We can ensure that your results that include Ontario Francophones are available to a wider audience; this may include validation of French language training modules, data collection tools or frameworks and also working with authors to develop evidence summaries using existing research documents.

Our members

IF-COFFRE is housed at Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM) and is composed of an ISM management team and members at large forming an advisory committee.

See our members

Our contributions

Tools and Resources:

Scientific papers


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