The Centre is launching a new, competitive funding opportunity for Ontario’s child and youth mental health agencies (lead and core service providing organizations). Up to five, $50,000 Innovation Initiatives will be made available to agencies interested in implementing innovative evidence-informed or promising practices in their agencies and/or service areas. Using a planned approach, pilot projects will involve implementing and evaluating innovative, evidence-informed initiatives within a community-based setting with the potential for broader system benefit.
The Centre will fund evidence-informed practices that specifically address the following system gaps/priorities:
- Advancing pathways, in and out of community-based child and youth mental health care services
- Advancing integration and collaboration among cross-sectoral community partners (e.g., health, education)
- Advancing clinical/service standards and guidelines (e.g., caseload)
- Ensuring timely, appropriate and accessible services for children, youth and families
The Centre’s interest in funding these initiative is three-fold, 1) to leverage the existing knowledge and ideas of the sector, 2) to learn from implementation and evaluation of such innovative ideas, and 3) to replicate and mobilize lessons learned and innovative advancements made in the sector, across the province.
Ongoing evidence/implementation support
The Centre promotes an interactive and collaborative approach to working with successful Innovation Initiative recipients to ensure that funded projects are aligned with the Centre’s commitment to evidence-informed practice, planned implementation and ongoing evaluation. All award recipients are encouraged to actively communicate with the Centre’s research coach throughout the various phases of their projects.