The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) is a public health expertise and reference centre in Québec that engages in research, monitoring, training, knowledge translation, public policy development, and the production of scientific advisory reports. These are considered the organization's cross-cutting functions. Mastery of the scientific processes underlying these functions is essential to the improvement of the materials produced by the INSPQ and the services offered to its diverse clientele. Hence, it is of fundamental importance to begin by producing a comprehensive inventory of individual competencies linked to these processes.
To this end, the Vice-présidence aux affaires scientifiques (scientific affairs division) tasked a work committee with establishing a competency development plan for INSPQ staff engaged in carrying out the scientific processes underlying the cross-cutting functions.
This competency framework is the first step in this project. It is based on investigative fieldwork involving a large number of people from start to finish, and, as such, reflects the reality of our organization. The three competencies to emerge from this initiative are:
- Produce materials and provide services of high quality for the INSPQ's clientele
- Generate competency development activities for public health actors in Québec
- Manage projects
The competency framework also presents the combined set of internal resources (knowledge, know-how, and soft skills) and external resources (available in the work environment) to be mobilized in the development of these competencies.
Based on this framework, the work committee will subsequently produce a training needs analysis so that a competency development plan can be designed based on the priorities of the staff and the organization.