Values and Principles


Respect Respectful communication is always expected in an honest, open, timely, and constructive way.
Network has a responsibility to implement primary care innovations across the country with the intent to improve healthcare delivery.
Kindness Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and caring.
Empathy Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another (e.g. ‘slow to judge’).
Humility Humility is a modest view of one’s own importance especially as it relates to the view of the overall Network needs.


Application and Integration Members work towards learning and applying the CPCRN values in all aspects of the work being undertaken.
Trustworthiness Members act in trustworthy ways and trust others’ motivation and commitment to building a pan-Canadian primary care research network.
Transparency The principle of transparency requires that any information provided should be concise, easily accessible, and easy to understand for all members of the research teams (e.g. use of plain language and infographics as required).
Rigour Research conducted is always rigorous and strives for impactful results that do not cause harm.
Build on Strengths Members are all experts and as such bring different skills to each encounter, therefore, members recognize, acknowledge and build on the strengths of others.
Servant Leadership Members strive to think of Network needs before individual needs. Servant leadership is a philosophy in which the goal of the leader is to serve, putting the needs of others first. 
Relational Equity Members strive to create relational equity and are mindful of the power differentials across the Network. Therefore, through repeated interactions, members understand and get to know each other in more meaningful ways, promoting the courage to do the right thing when it is difficult.
Relational Accountability Our Network includes all partner groups (e.g., patient partners, clinicians, policymakers, scientists) included in decision-making processes to ensure all voices are heard. We are committed to supporting equity and facilitating the distribution of research funds equitably (e.g. compensation in a timely manner).
Participatory Approaches The CPCRN uses participatory approaches with all engagement and governance efforts. These include collaborative, co-created processes which are carefully cultivated so that they are preserved by those who we desire to engage with and influence.
Decision-making All decisions and decision-making processes are clearly and consistently communicated, applied and documented.
Mentorship An experienced and trusted person who provides another person advice and help over a period of time. Mentoring can occur at multiple levels – patient-partners to researchers, students to supervisors, etc.
Sustainability A sustainability plan will evolve from our participatory processes that will sustain all of our activities beyond the five years of current CIHR funding.

Evaluation Strategies and Activities – Apply in Appropriate Ways

Reflective Practice Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on one’s actions so as to engage in a process of continuous learning (e.g. journals, narratives).
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) CQI is one aspect of practice improvement which is the process of creating an environment in which we strive to create constantly improving quality.
Huddles/Check-ins Members engage in honest, open, timely, and constructive communication with one another.

Land Acknowledgement

As an extension of our values and principles, we have developed a land acknowledgement resource document, drawing from across our network. This is a living resource guide which will be updated periodically. It can be downloaded here.