Evaluation of Resource Allocation Processes in Canadian Healthcare Organizations: The State of Practice

  • Neale Smith Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute University of British Columbia
  • Craig Mitton University of British Columbia
  • Cam Donaldson Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Stirling Bryan University of British Columbia
  • Stuart Peacock Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control


Resource allocation is a key function of senior leadership teams within healthcare organizations. Academic support of this function has traditionally focused on constructing tools to make decisions more formalized. There has been much less attention paid to understanding resource allocation as a management process. In particular, evaluation has been a missing aspect. The authors conducted a pan-Canadian survey of senior managers within the healthcare system. This survey included questions related to formal evaluation of their resource allocation processes and outcomes. We use this data to shed some light upon the state of priority setting practice in Canada at the present time.