The products page provides all of our stakeholders with one-stop-shopping for tools and resources the Centre has developed in its first four years. In addition to very brief descriptions of each product, you will find one-page summaries of what the product is, why it is important and how it was developed. Even better, you can access the full product in seconds with a simple click of your mouse. We invite you to explore the diverse selection of resources listed below, where you will find one-page summaries of the products along with links to access the full documents on demand.
You can find the products page by visiting the Centre’s website and clicking on Centre products in the left-hand menu or the shortcut just to the right of the mural. To start, the Centre has featured nine products on the new webpage. They are:
Of course, the Centre has produced many additional products over the last few years. The Centre products page will constantly evolve to include existing products – toolkits, frameworks, research publications, handbooks, fact sheets and pamphlets – as well as new products that are currently under development. For example, you will soon see Centre-developed webinars on a variety of topics, a new policy paper on integration and a stigma-awareness module for teachers to use in the classroom. The Centre's collection of knowledge products is always growing, so stop by often to see what's new.
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Program evaluation Grants: May 1st deadline is fast approaching!
The Centre is ready to accept applications for its 2009-2010 Evaluation Capacity Building Grant (ECBG) and Evaluation Implementation Grant (EIG) competitions. These awards are designed to help organizations build their capacity for evaluation and collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders to achieve common goals.
Successful ECBG applicants will receive up to $10,000 over a seven-month award term to develop an evaluation framework for a program with direct relevance to child and youth mental health. The ECBG award term is September 1st, 2009 to March 31st, 2010.
Agencies that already have a comprehensive evaluation plan can apply for Evaluation Implementation Grants (EIG). Successful EIG applicants will receive up to $30,000 over a one-year award term to evaluate a program with direct relevance to child and youth mental health. The EIG award term is September 1st, 2009 to August 31st, 2010.
Organizations interested in applying for either grant are required to contact one of the Centre’s research associates by May 1, 2009, prior to submitting an application. A member of our team will help organizations decide which grant is right for them and assist them with the application process.
The application deadline for both grants is June 1, 2009. Detailed information about the Centre’s grants and award processes is available online at www.excellenceforchildandyouth.ca.
Upcoming deadlines for the grants and awards program …
For more information about these or other funding opportunities visit us online at www.excellenceforchildandyouth.ca.
A New Hat For Our Executive Director
TOWARDS 2020: Canada's Commitment to Children & Youth
Join with experts, creative thinkers, architects of change, visionaries, teachers, story tellers, thinkers and leaders of all ages connected in some way to Canada's children and youth as they share their thoughts and ideas on building a new agenda for a new generation. Towards 2020 will bring 500 delegates and 40 speakers to Ottawa for an exciting event that will consider the critical issues and opportunities young people face as we move towards the year 2020 and beyond. The conference will examine our collective roles and responsibilities and challenge us to shape a vision of the future that protects and improves the lives of our young people. Participants at Towards 2020 will collectively produce an action plan or blueprint for improving the way we work with, and for, Canadian children and youth.
Towards 2020 speakers include: Romeo Dallaire, Raffi Cavoukian, Reginald Bibby, Sally Armstrong, Phil Fontaine, Ben Barry, Stan Kutcher, and Kellie Leitch.
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In January 2009, the Centre launched three online modules specific to separate phases of program evaluation – planning, doing, and using. They take users through the program evaluation process from beginning to end and include helpful information about program logic models, indicators and measures. They also help agencies and service providers develop evaluation programs that can be used to improve service and processes in a sustainable way.
The online learning modules can be freely accessed from the Centre’s website. The modules function in any Flash-supported browser and ensure performance for users connecting to the Internet at speeds of 56 kbps or greater. The modules are also available in CD format for those agencies unable to access them online. The modules are currently available in English, with the French versions coming soon.
We are proud to announce that as of April 1, 2009, the Centre will be assuming responsibility for eMentalHealth.ca, an exciting initiative that makes it easy for communities to establish an online mental health resource system, including local services, events and information.
eMentalHealth.ca was originally developed by Dr. Michael Cheng and Crossroads Children’s Centre, and is currently operating in several communities across Ontario. The Centre is committed to expanding this tool across the province and beyond. Its cost-efficient and easy-to-maintain format makes it an attractive option to house a wide range of information under one electronic roof.
For information or to find out how your community can join eMentalHealth.ca, visit the website or contact the Centre.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is inviting individuals, agencies and teams to submit proposals to address self-stigma for a child or youth experiencing a mental disorder or mental illness as well as self-stigma for the family unit. Proposed projects should identify needs and effective strategies for understanding and tackling the impact of self-stigma.