Evaluation plan for youth care

Project description/objectives

Current efforts to measure the effectiveness of addiction services for youth in Ontario are varied and inconsistent. This makes it difficult to know how effective youth addiction services are, and whether youth are accessing the services they need.

The goal of this project is to increase the capacity for youth addiction agencies in Ontario to evaluate the effectiveness of their services.

Project activities

  • Conduct an environmental scan with youth, families, and service providers to better understand what client outcomes to measure and to determine how and when to measure them.
  • Identify a tool that measures the outcomes of addiction treatment identified during the environmental scan. Tool selected: Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN).
  • Develop a tablet-based platform to evaluate program outcomes that also serves as a youth- and user-friendly tool to facilitate dialogue between service providers and clients.
  • Pilot test the new evaluation tool with 12 collaborating agencies.
  • Develop materials for agencies across the province and a strategy for broader implementation.

This project is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. © 2015 EENet.

Project Contact: 

Project lead

Laura Mills, Ph.D. (Q.M. Psych), Director, Research & Evaluation, Pine River Institute.

For more information contact Emma Firsten-Kaufman, Knowledge Broker, EENet, emma [dot] firsten-kaufman [at] camh [dot] ca.