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Sharing Together

 

Sharing Together is an EENet initiative that aims to promote the use of evidence to improve the health care experience, quality of care, and overall health and wellbeing of all Ontarians.

 

We know that evidence alone does not improve the mental health, substance use, and addictions system. But understanding evidence needs is an important step.

 

Through Sharing Together, EENet hosted in-person dialogues across Ontario. In these discussions, stakeholder identified and prioritized evidence needs in the areas of promotion, prevention, early identification, treatment and recovery—for children, youth, adults, and older adults.

 

The ultimate goal is to co-create an evidence priority agenda for the province.

 

This initiative builds on the work of another EENet initiative, Creating Together, which was conducted in 2011 to identify research priorities related to mental health and addictions in Ontario.

 

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What is an evidence priority agenda?

An evidence priority agenda will help identify the needs of different stakeholders for useful evidence. For example,

 

A service provider setting up a new program for people with concurrent disorders might want to know what is the most effective treatment for this specific population.

  • A policymaker might want to know about healthcare delivery approaches being used in different jurisdictions.
  • A system planner might need to find effective programs for treatment of young people with substance use problems.
  • An evidence priority agenda will help capture these different needs.

 

What is the process of Sharing Together? 

Sharing Together includes the following steps: 

  • Identify evidence themes – Review provincial and regional priority-setting documents to identify themes and examples of evidence needs.
  • Hold regional dialogues – Hold discussions with stakeholders to prioritize evidence needs within identified themes.
  • Disseminate online survey – Extend participation in the process by disseminating an online survey in English and French.
  • Develop evidence priority agenda – Analyze dialogue and survey data in order to develop an evidence priority agenda.
  • Share findings – Disseminate evidence priority agenda to support knowledge exchange activities across Ontario.
  • Take action – Respond to identified priority evidence needs.

 

Sharing Together will use EENet’s definition of evidence, which includes practice-based knowledge, the voice of people with lived experience and family members, research, and cultural knowledge.

 

This process will lead to the identification of:

  • Overarching themes and specific evidence needs;
  • An evidence priority agenda for Ontario; and
  • A guide to help inform EENet’s work and additional knowledge exchange activities in Ontario.

 

What we’ve done so far

Read about phase 1 of Sharing Together.

 

Dialogues

EENet hosted seven in-person Sharing Together regional dialogues across Ontario, including one in French, between January and April 2017. We also hosted one virtual dialogue with Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) representatives. 

 

Two hundred and thirty-six people participated, from nine stakeholder groups, including agency leadership, direct service providers, family caregivers, persons with lived experience, researchers, and system planners. These diverse participants represented 14 sectors that included community and hospital mental health and addictions, housing, justice, and public health.

 

Through the dialogue process, participants identified 11 priority evidence themes: 

  1. Access to services
  2. Standardized care
  3. Integrated health care delivery
  4. Effectiveness of services
  5. Supporting the voice of persons with lived experience and caregivers
  6. Capacity building and workforce development to improve service delivery
  7. Culturally safe and competent care that reflects cultural knowledge
  8. Prevention and promotion, including suicide prevention
  9. Harm reduction
  10. Children and youth, including transition-age youth
  11. The continuum of housing, supports, and homelessness

 

For each of these evidence themes, participants determined specific evidence that would help them better do their work or navigate the system.  Regional reports are available, which highlight the diverse evidence needs that participants prioritized during each dialogue, and the demographic breakdown of attendees. In addition, EENet has compiled resources to respond to each of these evidence themes. 

 

Next Steps

We just launched an online survey to further prioritize the evidence needs identified at our eight provincial dialogues. Read more or complete the survey.

 

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Jul 25, 2017

Sharing Together is an initiative of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) that aims to identify the priority evidence needs of diverse s

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Jun 29, 2017

We're excited to share the regional reports for each of the seven in-person dialogues that took place across Ontario, as well as the Loca

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May 25, 2017

Here’s a brief update on what happened during the Sharing Together in-person dialogues and what we’re doing next.

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify standardization of care as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify the continuum of housing and homelessness as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify culturally safe and competent care that reflects cultural knowledge as an evidence priori

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify capacity building and workforce development as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify supporting the voice of persons with lived experience and caregivers as an evidence prior

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify prevention and promotion, including suicide prevention as an evidence priority in Ontario

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The Sharing Together initiative helped identify harm reduction as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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The Sharing Together initiative helped identify intrgrated healthcare as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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The Sharing Together initiative helped identify children and youth, including transition-age youth as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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The Sharing Together initiative helped identify effectiveness of services as an evidence priority in Ontario.

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May 24, 2017

The Sharing Together initiative helped identify access to services as an evidence priority in Ontario. Access to services includes:

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May 20, 2017

On May 17, 2017, EENet presented the findings of the Sharing Together process at the 2017 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum.

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Mar 01, 2017

EENet will be hosting a Francophone session in Ottawa on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

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Feb 15, 2017

About 250 stakeholders provided their input to help EENet co-create a mental health, substance use, and addictions evidence priority agenda for Ontario

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Dec 01, 2016

EENet knowledge brokers scanned key background documents that identified priorities at the local, regional, provincial, and national leve

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May 09, 2015

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