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Evidence Based Practices

The growing trend toward the use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in children’s mental health services has been gaining recognition and importance in Ontario.

CMHO's Commitment

One of CMHO's main objectives is that children, youth and families who receive services from CMHO-affiliated organizations achieve an improved quality of life. Our ultimate goal is that all services delivered by child and youth mental health providers become evidence-based, empirically supported and result in positive clinical outcomes for participants.

As a leader in the field, CMHO has taken a proactive role through its Accreditation Program and EBP Working Group in the adoption and implementation of evidence-based, empirically supported service delivery models.

CMHO's Evidence-Based Practices Working Group (EBPWB)

  • 2001 - CMHO established the EBPWG (formerly the Evidence-Based Practices Committee (EBPC)) to research proven ways of treating children with mental health disorders. This Committee -- comprised of individuals from member centres including Executive Directors, senior clinical managers, researchers, CMHO board members, and community partners -- developed a series of literature reviews, practice guides and tools in the areas of: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Depression, and Early Childhood Mental Health.
  • 2005 - CMHO funded the Knowledge Transfer and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Children's Mental Health project -- a collaborative effort with various partners, operating under the guidance of CMHO's EBPWG. Read more about this project's objectives and outcomes here.
  • 2008 - CMHO’s EBPWG produced and released the Evidence Based Practice Consultation Paper which: (1) framed CMHO's vision of implementing evidence-based, empirically supported service delivery models and (2) engaged stakeholders in the process of moving forward together toward the realization of CMHO's vision. Download the Consultation Paper here (PDF, 48 pages). Feedback on the Consultation Paper was collected through 11 regional consultations with CMHO's Member Centres, as well as two consumer sessions. This report (PDF, 8 pages) summarizes key messages and emergent themes and outlines possible starting points recommended by participants.
  • 2009 - Four EBPWG sub-committees were convened: Implementation, Outcomes, Finance, and Project Review(convened in 2007). The Working Group provides leadership, support and expertise to guide the sub-committees and CMHO’s ongoing work.
    • The Implementation Sub-Committee (ISC) is charged with the task of assisting and supporting CMHO and its member centres implement EBPs effectively. The ISC recently launched an online Discussion Forum to facilitate networking, knowledge creation, and knowledge exchange on topics such as: the science of implementation, EBPs, promising practices, and the latest research related to treatment modalities. This recent webacast highlights features of the forum, and addresses issues related to the implementation of EBPs:

      Implementation Online Discussion Forum Launch

      This webcast provided attendees with an overview of the work that CMHO has undertaken to support and promote the use of EBPs among its members. Specifically, it looked at the development of Communities of Practice (CoPs) or online discussion forums, which provide members with a place to go to for knowledge sharing and creation. Features of the online forums were highlighted. The webcast also provided an introduction to the issues related to the implementation of evidence based interventions (what the process looks like, factors agencies need to take into account) as well as review a stage model of implementation as a framework for organizing the key activities.

      Diane Bartlett, Director of Research and Evaluation (The George Hull Centre for Children and Families); Frances Ruffolo, Manager of Knowledge Exchange and Implementation (CMHO) Canada (Thursday, June 3rd, 2010)

      Slidedeck (PDF, 32 pages)
      Audio file (Audio, 49 MB)

      This is a large file and will take several minutes to download.

CMHO's Project Review Advisory Group

On an on-going basis, CMHO receives requests from various researchers, asking us to participate on projects. The level of participation required varies in range from letters of endorsement, commitment of staff resources, to full partnership involvement in a project initiative.

In an attempt to create a stream-lined process, the Project Review Advisory Group was created. This advisory group is charged with the responsibility of (1) reviewing proposals for research and evaluation projects in which CMHO has been asked to actively participate in, or to endorse and (2) making recommendations about CMHO involvement.

The advisory group's expertise in research and evaluation helps to ensure that CMHO endorses or participates in projects that meet high standards of quality. For a description of the advisory group's areas of expertise, download this document (PDF, 2 pgs).

If you are interested in CMHO participating on your project, please submit one of the two forms below:

  • Letter of Support Form (PDF, 3 pages)
    This form is to be completed if you are requesting a letter of support. If you would like CMHO to actively participate in or to be a partner organization in your project, please complete the 'Research Participation' form (below). All questions must be completed in the space provided. You may append additional documents as necessary. Only completed forms will be considered for review. Once the form is complete, please return it and all accompanying documentation to Frances Ruffolo (frances AT cmho.org). Your request will be forwarded to the Project Review Advisory Group for review. Allow two to three weeks for processing. Decisions regarding your request will be forwarded to you once the review is completed. Information submitted for review will be kept in strict confidence.
  • Research Participation Form (PDF, 3 pages)
    This form is to be completed if you would like CMHO to actively participate in or to be a partner organization in your project. If you are requesting a letter of support, please complete the 'Letter of Support' form (above). All questions must be completed in the space provided. You may append additional documents as necessary. Only completed forms will be considered for review. Once this form is complete, please return it and all accompanying documentation to Frances Ruffolo (frances AT cmho.org). Your request will be forwarded to the Project Review Advisory Group. Allow two to three weeks for processing. Decisions regarding your request will be forwarded to you once the review is completed. Information submitted for review will be kept in strict confidence.

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