Foster a culture of organizational learning to support agencies in using evidence to improve client outcomes.
Build and develop collaborative partnerships to sustain capacity within mental health services.Be a true learning organization and lead by example.
Today, January 27, 2011, the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario becomes the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. The new name is shorter and articulates the name 'Ontario' which clarifies our geographic scope of service. Based on many discussions with stakeholder groups, we've also refreshed our visual identity. Our new logo 'borrows' design elements from the original 'bonhomme' friendly figures and communicates a message of youthful energy, forward motion and momentum. We're pleased to offer you many new communication materials, information channels, a new website, and engagement opportunities which will illustrate our refreshed and rejuvenated Centre brand.
Introducing the Centre's new Advisory Committee
The Evaluation and Research team held a meeting on November 5, 2010 in Toronto which brought together 19 child and youth mental health agencies from across Ontario, which are recipients of the Centre's 2010-2011 Planning Evaluation Grant program. Grant recipients engaged in valuable networking, learned lessons from past grant recipients and their experiences, and discovered the Centre's many support tools available for building capacity for evaluation activities. Feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive and the team looks forward to more opportunities to consult with these agencies this winter.
Are you interested in learning if your program makes a difference? Would you like to build your knowledge and skills on evaluation? The Centre will be awarding grants to organizations interested in:
Interested agencies should contact one of the Centre's research associates who will begin conducting readiness assessments in March 2011 for the next round of Planning and Doing Evaluation Grants. Information will be posted on our website along with deadlines for completing both the readiness assessment and the application. The expected application deadline will be June 1, 2011.
Evidence-informed practices: Needs of the francophone community
Mylène Dault, the Centre’s Director of Knowledge Exchange, facilitated the session. She says the discussion was lively and insightful. “All of the participants were happy to be there and were fully engaged. We learned a great deal about some of the challenges these service providers face in their daily work.”
Here’s a summary of what was heard.
Evidence-informed practices: A leader’s perspective
Some of the important lessons from this session:
From more information about the Centre’s consultation meetings, please contact Tracey MacLaurin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your organization have a question about evidence-informed practices? Evaluation? Knowledge exchange and sharing stories? Need help in exploring opportunities for change? Wonder what the buzz is about “learning organizations?”
Evidence In-Sight is a free service offered by the Centre of Excellence. It’s designed to help agencies find evidence and information, evaluate their programs, identify opportunities to shift programming, and share their experiences. Our focus is on fostering the use of evidence-informed practices and learning organization models. Working collaboratively with your agency, we help you:
Evidence In-Sight will be pilot-tested in spring 2011 with a representative sample of agencies across Ontario. A comprehensive project evaluation framework will track our activities and impact. The service will be formally rolled out in April 2011.
For further details contact Charles Carter at email@example.com.
We are seeking people experienced in a wide range of subjects, including change management, implementation, clinical practice, community mobilization, evidence synthesis, and more. Content and practice experts come from front-line agencies, research departments, hospitals, community organizations, universities, and elsewhere. They include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, researchers, family representatives, youth representatives, and others with a well-developed understanding from experience and work.
For experts, this is an opportunity to be featured in Centre of Excellence publications, to develop linkages with peers and networks, and in some cases to be remunerated for their work. For agencies, it is an efficient and effective way to receive input and advice from others who understand their situation.
For further information about the Evidence In-Sight expert pool, or to put forward your name or recommend another individual, please contact Charles Carter, Research Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org
In keeping with its new mandate, the Centre of Excellence is hosting a series of interactive meetings in early 2011 called “Gathering Ground.” These one-and-a-half-day events are geared to front-line service providers and are designed as an alternative to the usual regional meetings.
The Gathering Ground series will take a highly participatory approach, engaging participants through lively discussions with peers, collaborative information-sharing, and interactive workshops. There will also be many opportunities for networking.
On the Gathering Ground agenda:
The invitations for these Gathering Ground events and the “Call for Presentations” will be sent out in January 2011.
The events will be held on the following dates:
For more information, contact Tracey MacLaurin – Knowledge Exchange Project Officer at email@example.com or at 613-737-7600 x3732.
Over the past three years, the Centre has held a series of training sessions for mental health professionals, teaching them how to use Med Ed tools to support children and youth when using psychotropic medications. The response has been overwhelmingly positive; to date, hundreds of Med Ed resources have been distributed across the province and over 50 service providers been formally trained in Med Ed.
On November 20, the Centre held its first Med Ed training workshop specifically for young people. With the support of their service providers, a total of 23 youth from across Ontario travelled to Ottawa for a day-long, interactive training session, where they were:
Evaluation feedback has indicated that the training was engaging, informative and a great success!
KE targeted initiatives are meant to be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of the sector, communities and stakeholders. Some examples of the types of projects eligible for funding include:
KE initiative funding is one-time (non-sustainable) up to a maximum of $50,000.
The Centre of Excellence, in partnership with The New Mentality, is creating a provincial training program designed to build the capacity of child and youth mental health agencies to engage youth in their programs, activities, and in the overall culture of organizations.
Two different levels of training will be offered to service providers. The two levels will be pilot-tested in January and the feedback from participants will be used to refine the training program before its official launch in spring 2011.
The Centre strongly believes in the abilities of young people and the strength of their lived experience. Research tells us that:
The training program has been developed in consultation with service providers, youth engagement specialists, and young people themselves. Participants who are registered in the pilot program express a high level of enthusiasm for the training project. Watch our website for more details!
In November 2010, the Dare to Dream review team gathered in Ottawa to review the latest round of grant applications submitted by youth and their adult mentors across Ontario. After reviewing the many high-quality applications, the team approved the following projects for funding.
Algoma Family Services, Sault-St. Marie ON
Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, Stoney Creek ON
Ecole Secondaire Catholique Monseigneur- de-Chabonnel, Toronto ON
Grand Erie District School Board, Norfolk Family of Schools, Simcoe ON
John Wise Public School, St. Thomas ON
Kemptville Youth Centre, Kemptville ON
Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School, Toronto ON
Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Ajax ON
Orleans Bengals Football Club, Orleans ON
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Toronto ON
Pathways for Children and Youth, Kingston ON
Regional Children’s Centre, Windsor ON
Sacred Heart Secondary School, Midland ON
South Carleton High School, Richmond ON
The Dare to Dream review team is made up of youth aged 13-20 years. To learn more about these fabulous young people and about the Dare to Dream program, visit www.daretodreamprogram.ca