SMRTS Seminars Program

The SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) Seminars Program is a professional development initiative between 9 national and provincial networks aimed at providing the best possible programming to our respective trainees.

Each month, we will offer our trainees access to a wide range of soft skills programming through a live-streamed webinar or event.  For further information about specific webinars, please contact the host network as listed below.


Thursday 14 November, 2019, 1:00-2:00 EDT

“The role of evaluation: Selling an intervention in a marketplace of interventions”

Speaker: Daniel Dutton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Canadian governments are being faced with a confluence of complex social, economic, cultural, and political challenges, especially in relation to our aging population. They are also being presented with a multiplicity of potential solutions in a context of continued fiscal restraint. Making informed decisions regarding the best possible option for their jurisdiction involves considerations such as cultural appropriateness, public perception, resource management, and most importantly, cost and potential cost-savings. Researchers seeking to leverage their work to inform public policy need to do more than demonstrate that their interventions work—they must be able to explain what challenge their work will able to solve, how their findings are best placed to meet the needs of the target population, and what the potential return on investment will be for government.

In this webinar, we will explore the concepts of economic narratives and their relevance to policy recommendations. More specifically, we will delve into the basics of the concept of intervention evaluation, which build to the Social Return on Investment economic model, and discuss the importance of structuring appropriate cost-benefit arguments in the context of research seeking to influence policy.


Hosted by AGE-WELL. Please contact Samantha Sandassie ( if you have any questions or concerns.



2019 Webinars

2018 Webinars

  • “Pitching and Presenting with Style,” Sylviane Duval, OpenTheBox, (MEOPAR NCE)
  • Choices and Opportunities for Academic & ‘Academia Adjacent’ Careers,” Allison Brennan & Leslie Grad (KBHN)
  • “Social Media: Building Your Personal Brand,” Kate Headley, MsCommuniKate Public Relations (MEOPAR NCE)
  • “Taking Good Business Ideas out of the Lab: Commercializing Your Research” (GlycoNet)
  • “Navigating Academic Scholarship,” Amber Hastings-Truelove (CFN NCE)
  • “The ABCs of Media Interviews,” Margaret Polanyi (Senior Communications Manager, AGE-WELL NCE)
  • “Experimental Design and Reporting” (BioCanRx)
  • “Write the Right Grant” Dr. Parminder Raina, (McMaster University)

2017 Webinars

  • “Moving Research to Policy: Practical Approaches for Researchers to Inform Policy Development,” Dr. Jennifer Zwicker (University of Calgary) & Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas (McGill University)
  • “Media Relations- How to Get Your Story Into the Press,” Lisa Willemse (Senior Communications Advisor, OIRM)
  • “Understanding Patents in the Academic Environment,” Lisa Sim (Miller Thomson LLP)
  • “Grantsmanship: An Exercise in Strategy,” Dr. Jennifer Quizi (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
  • “Building Success Through Networking and Interview Skills,” Guang Ying Mo, PhD.

2016 Webinars

  • “Reverse Innovation: A Case Study,” Dr. Matt Ratto (University of Toronto)
  • “Communicating in Plain Language,” Sylviane Duval (Independent Consultant)

The SMRTS Program is a collaborative effort between the following networks: