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Rigor conducts policy research for knowledge and governance solutions.






knowledge synthesis
- systematic reviews, research  briefs, and policy development

research ethics
- research ethics analysis and REB applications

research design
- methodology, qualitative, and action-oriented research

data collection
- expert interview, participant observation, focus groups and round tables

surveys
- for knowledge production and quality assurance purposes

knowledge mobilization
- stakeholder engagement and participatory research, events and conference organization, project website development

and more

Bend barriers in your way

Rigor's multi-method approach crosses research disciplines to deliver collaborative, quality results. Let's unite to develop the knowledge your organization needs to bridge itself into the brightest imaginable future.

Broaden impact horizons

By exploring policy issues to effect meaningful change, leaving no stone unturned, our projects are a hub of impactful and timely solutions for communities in Canada and around the world.

Research that reveals the other sides

From data to knowledge to wisdom, Rigor quantifies your potentials by telling a story based on factual evidence. We craft empirical research so your next step is based on the acuity and soundness of unique perspectives.

Welcome stakeholders as teammates

Interlinking sectors and disciplines, Rigor amplifies the knowledge potential of researchers, communities, businesses and the government. Complex theories and research findings are made accessible and engaging to any audience.

Multi-disciplinary

Rigor's multi-method approach crosses research disciplines to deliver collaborative, quality results. Let's unite to develop the knowledge your organization needs to bridge itself into the brightest imaginable future.

Socially Responsible

Rigor qualifies the adaptability of proposed solutions and directs knowledge flows between research frameworks and sectors of the economy, ensuring that new technologies are valid, effective, socially and ethically sound.

Cross-jurisdictional

Our approach embraces uncertainty and risk, contextuality, transnational and cross-jurisdictional knowledge production. Rigor conducts research globally, in situ, when rapid response is the key to success.

Products & Services

Program and Organizational Development
Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, Strategic Planning, Evaluation, Process Optimization, Policy Compliance Audit, Benchmarking, User-experience (UX)

Policy Research & Development
Policy Analysis, Systematic Reviews, Research Briefs, Knowledge Translation

Surveys and Multi-method Data Collection
Online Surveys, Interviews, Participant Observation, Focus Groups, Round Tables, Action-oriented and Transformative Research, Research Ethics

Knowledge Mobilization
Stakeholder Engagement and Participatory Research, Events and Conferences, Social Media and Project Websites

Our Team

Igor Gontcharov

Research LEAD, CEO
Specializes in regulation and governance, research governance, science policy, professional regulation, risk regulation, standard setting, research methods, sociology of law, and ethics.

Igor worked at and contributed to the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society at Osgoode, Columbia University School of Law, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, McMaster University, AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), UHN Rehabilitation Medicine and Science Research Ethics Board.

M.A., LL.M., Ph.D. in Law (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Natalia Zaslavska

Consultant
Extensive experience in health services research, program evaluation, policy development, internal auditing, and project management.

Natalia worked at leading North American academic hospitals and research institutions. She contributed to the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, Research Ethics Office, Medical Affairs, and Office of the Physician-In-Chief at CAMH in Toronto.

Natalia has been a Project Management Professional since 2010, received an Internal Auditing certificate from the University of Toronto in 2013.

PMP, M.A., MPH (UCLA)

Publications

Governance and Knowledge Mobilization in Quality Assurance (QA): A Program of Activities.
Research and Policy Brief 2022-11a

November 2022

This document offers recommendations that might help regulatory colleges in program review and development. While reviewing approaches to Quality Assurance (QA) from the perspective of right-touch regulation and the College Performance Measurement Framework (CPMF), we have identified several systemic issues common to health regulatory colleges. Accordingly, we developed a program of activities aimed at strengthening the QA program and the overall regulatory culture. The program of activities focuses on the governance and knowledge mobilization in quality assurance.

Research Overview of the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) Quality Assurance Program Peer and Practice Assessment Step 1 Redevelopment Project. Presentation Slides.
The Health Profession Regulators of Ontario (HPRO) Quality Assurance Working Group (QAWG) Meeting. Toronto.
October 18, 2022

A Right-Touch Regulation Survey Methodology for a Quality Assurance Program
Research and Policy Brief 2022-09a

September 2022

Many regulatory colleges are currently engaged in reviewing their QA programs from the perspective of right-touch regulation and new reporting requirements. We invite all policy actors that are engaged in professional self-regulation to learn about our study and findings. In sharing this methodology, our goal is to support an open forum on developing a new generation of effective and rigorous solutions in the area of professional self-regulation and quality assurance.

Regulatory Principles in Quality Assurance Program Evaluation and Development
Research and Policy Brief 2022-08a

August 2022

Asking the right questions is critical in designing a QA program that is able to work creatively with multiple dimensions of quality. Such a program is not designed around the ways of monitoring compliance with program requirements. Although the minimum standard for the Quality Assurance (QA) program, introduced in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, had its benefits, it generally limited regulatory innovation in the area of professional quality assurance. One of the issues was conceptualizing QA programs in isolation from other policy actors’ contributions in a broader field of QA governance. In this Policy Brief, we draw attention to the basic questions that are often taken for granted. The colleges are now raising some of these questions, being prompted by the Ontario Ministry of Health that introduced the College Performance Measurement Framework (CPMF) in 2020 to ensure health regulatory colleges provide comprehensive and consistent performance data to the public and stakeholders. In the following sections, we discuss why it is important to critically evaluate popular “best practices”, and why we may need to return to the drawing board and review the basic regulatory principles? In this policy brief, we invite regulatory colleges to take a fresh look at the RHPA minimum standard for the Quality Assurance program and ask what “quality” and “assurance” are in quality assurance? We also highlight the findings of the scoping review that identified a helpful list of major themes in professional quality assurance.

Comparative Outline of a Responsive and Reflexive Quality Assurance Program for a Regulatory Health College
Research and Policy Brief 2022-05b

June 2022

Rigor has recently conducted a study of the Quality Assurance (QA) program for a health regulatory college in Ontario. A comparative outline of the current and proposed QA program will be of interest to regulatory colleges, provincial ministries of health, educational institutions, professional associations, and other stakeholders.

Developing an Effective and Responsive Quality Assurance Program
Research and Policy Brief 2022-05a

June 2022

Rigor has recently conducted a study of the Quality Assurance (QA) program for a regulatory health college in Ontario. A brief overview of the findings and solutions will be of interest to regulatory colleges, provincial ministries of health, educational colleges, professional associations, and other stakeholders.

Projects

Quality Assurance (QA) Program Peer and Practice Assessment (PPA) Step 1 Multi-source Feedback Redevelopment Project, 2022
The College of Dietitians of Ontario

Quality Assurance (QA) Program Enhancement Project, 2020-2021
The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO)

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