Policy Lab in collaboration with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health 

The Policy Lab collaborates with ministries, agencies and other policy-oriented groups to build capacity and demand across the public sector for data sciences insights. By collaborating with these groups, we believe that we can foster a strong community of data scientists and data science users and increase the use of data sciences in the design and development of policy to create healthier and more just societies.  

The Policy Lab hosts visiting Researchers-in-Residence from the public sector that focus on building and advancing data science in the health system. The goal is to advance data science integration in policy settings and build programming and training to enable new capacity in advancing data science in the public service.  

The insights developed from initial work in public health and health systems will support work on data sciences and public policy across sectors. The Policy Lab will hold a conference and series of dialogues at the University of Toronto.



Michael Hillmer

Assistant Deputy Minister,
Digital and Analytics Strategy,
Ontario Ministry of Health/Ministry of Long-Term Care

Laura Rosella

Associate Director, Education & Training,Data Sciences Institute 

Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto


Researchers-in-Residence are directly linked with data science faculty from DLSPH and across the University through the Data Sciences Institute. They are tasked with: 1) developing compelling data science use cases motivated by real examples within their organizations that will be used for teaching and advancing research and practice 2) developing tool kits for organizations outlining critical strategies for health organizations that can be used to build capacity and specific resources; 3) supporting training and curriculum development; and 4) preparing the key elements of an evaluation framework that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of data science applications, including but not limited to the deployment of AI solutions.   

Tina Badiani
Toronto Public Health



Steven Habbous 
Ontario Health



Jeremy Herring
Public Health Ontario



Expert Advisors

Steini Brown 
Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health 

Kamil Malikov  


Data Science Tools and Adoption for Health and Beyond
May 15, 2024
More info and registration

Data Sciences Institute and the
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
launch the Policy Lab.
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