This is a two-part needs assessment that will help us understand more about the current strengths, needs, challenges and barriers faced by service providers related to the uptake and implementation of evidence-informed practices. It will also assess agencies' readiness for change, along with their needs for support and training.
Part 1. Survey and Interviews - Our goal is to solicit feedback from agencies through key informant interviews and via an online survey. This feedback will help the Centre and its partners develop meaningful programs and tools to support agencies in implementing evidence-informed practices. As an added feature, agencies participating in Learning from You will be able to access their own results and use them to inform quality improvement activities.
Part 2. Community Consultations - Between November 2010 and February 2011, the Centre will be hosting a series of face-to-face meetings to identify the needs of agencies in under-served and under-represented communities across Ontario; specifically, aboriginal, Francophone and ethno-cultural communities. Specific details on the dates and locations of the community consultation sessions are still to be determined. Information will be posted, as it becomes available, on the Centre's website.
Through consultation support, knowledge exchange, and one-on-one coaching, the Evidence In-Sight program aims to better equip service providers with knowledge and skills to support their decisions related to evidence-informed practices and evaluation. Evidence In-Sight will be piloted in late fall/winter, and is expected to be implemented province-wide in spring 2011. Check into our website for updates.
The Centre will be replacing its annual regional conferences with a series of four regional meetings. The goals are to:
These meetings will also give service providers up-to-date information on the results of the Centre's needs assessment and its new programs and services. The Gathering Ground series will be held in regions across Ontario and meetings are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011. Stay tuned for more information in the next Centre newsletter.
The Centre is striving to extend its reach and capacity in Ontario's communities. We believe this can be achieved through the development of a regional champion network – a collaborative network that will deliver Centre programs and services on-the-ground to child and youth mental health agencies and front-line providers. Networks can help address regional diversity, identify unique needs, and provide active engagement strategies for the field. Watch our website for more details.
This is a program being developed through a contract with The New Mentality (a program of Children's Mental Health Ontario). It will focus on supporting child and youth mental health agencies to become more youth-friendly and to actively involve youth in their day-to-day practices. This pilot program will be made available free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis, to all MCYS mental health funded agencies in 2011.
The Centre is responding to the challenge of its new mandate with a six-year strategic plan. We met with our stakeholders in June 2010 to conduct an environmental scan and analysis of the Centre's current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This insightful and engaging session reviewed the Centre's mission, vision, values and strategic directions. Without question, the Centre is committed to delivering a forward-looking strategy that meets the needs of Ontario's child and youth mental health service sector, and to being an organization that front-line providers and their agencies can rely upon. Stay tuned for more details coming this fall... including our operational plan and key measurements for success.
To reinforce the efforts during our transition period and beyond, the Centre is developing a comprehensive communications strategy. This includes a more easily accessible web site and more user-friendly tools and information channels.In the meantime, please let us know about the kinds of communication and information you need by completing a 5-minute online survey.
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Introducing the Centre's new governance committee (left to right)
The Centre is pleased to announce that 19 organizations will be embarking on developing and piloting their evaluation frameworks, and 15 organizations will be conducting full-scale evaluations, as this year's recipients of the Centre's evaluation capacity-building program grants. Nineteen of these recipients will also be receiving additional funding for student awards.
The projects begin in October 2010 and continue until September 2011. Centre consultants will soon start meeting with project teams, and will be providing ongoing support and advice on various aspects of evaluation.
We have also expanded our series of web-based resources, including new toolkits , mini-kits and webinars. Some webinars designed to support evaluation capacity-building will be available to this year's recipients and to organizations who have not received funding. Do you have questions about how to evaluate your evidence-informed practice or program? Centre staff with evaluation expertise are available to offer support. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipients of Planning Evaluation Grants for 2010-2011 - please click for listing of organizations, project leads and project titles