Public Policy

Plamondon's skills in research, strategic consulting and report writing have been successfully applied to a variety of public policy issues.  Curiosity, discipline and clear methodology are applied to every project.
Plamondon has a particular interest and focus in the health research organizations.  This work began with a governance project instrumental to the formation of CIHR; which Plamondon later described in the 80-page booklet "Transforming Health Research in Canada: The Making of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research." 
Other related public policy projects include: 

Research Integrity: Towards a Canadian Approach

When the Canadian Research Integrity Committee, chaired by the Chief Scientist of Canada, launched a dialogue with the Canadian research community, Plamondon was brought in to help design, plan and facilitate their first-ever workshop. This included preparation of a Discussion Paper and Workshop Workbook. The two-day conference, held January 22-23, 2007, was attended by nearly 100 people representing all major facets of research. A ground-breaking consensus was achieved at the conference giving the Canadian Research Integrity Committee a solid mandate to develop ideas and proposals on the issues of research integrity and research misconduct.

Governance for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
The project deliverable was a report on governance written to inform the initial stages of thought and general discussion on the design for an accreditor of human research protection programs in Canada.

CIHR Workshop on Ethics & Private Sector Partnerships

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is the Government of Canada's $700 million health research funding agency that supports the work of up to 10,000 researchers and trainees in universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across Canada. A key element of its mandate is partnering with the private sector. Addressing ethical considerations is a key issue in the success of CIHR's partnership program. Plamondon & Associates Inc. was engaged by the CIHR Ethics Office to help design and facilitate a workshop on an ethics policy on partnerships with the private sector.

National Council for Ethics in Human Research

Projects include the preparation of a strategic plan and research paper on cost-recovery options for the site-review program.