EENet is seeking to support at least seven new communities of interest (CoIs) or communities of practice (CoPs). These new CoIs/CoPs will receive EENet support from September 1, 2022, to March 31, 2024.
Please submit your application no later than June 30, 2022 at 5 pm (EDT). All applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their application.
We encourage applications from existing groups as well as new groups that have not yet been formed or that are in the conception phase. If you think you might be interested in submitting a CoI/CoP application, please sign up for our upcoming webinar, where you will have an opportunity to interact with the EENet team and have answers to all your questions related to EENet’s CoIs/CoPs.
Successful CoIs/CoPs will meet the following criteria:
- The application identifies one or preferably two individuals (i.e., lead applicant or co-applicants) to lead the CoI’s work.
- The lead applicant (or co-applicants) is from an Ontario-based, not-for-profit organization (although we welcome organizations based outside Ontario).
Priority will be given to groups that plan to achieve the following:
- Address a knowledge gap in at least one of the following areas: health equity for marginalized populations; opioid use; emerging evidence and innovative interventions; lived experience and peer support; regional/Northern/rural issues; COVID-19.
- Integrate multiple forms of evidence (e.g., scientific research; cultural knowledge; tacit knowledge from service providers; evidence from persons with lived/living experience and family members/caregivers).
- Integrate health equity principles into their work.
EENet welcomes applications from identified priority populations, including Francophone communities and Ontario’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis. We are open to supporting both existing and groups that are just starting to be built or imagined.
About EENet’s CoIs/CoPs
What they do
CoIs and CoPs brings together people who share a concern for or interest in a subject or practice and want to interact with each other, expand their knowledge and expertise in this area or practice, and share knowledge and evidence with others.
Most EENet CoIs/CoPs have between 10 and 40 members. Typically, one or two organizations play a lead role, with support from an advisory or steering committee, made up of core members.
Members can include researchers, service providers, decision-makers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and family members. They can come from various sectors, such as health, justice, education, housing, and child and youth services.
EENet connects its CoIs/CoPs to the larger network, ensuring that their work is shared with stakeholders across Ontario.
Since 2012, EENet has supported numerous CoIs/CoPs as part of our mandate to create a more collaborative and evidence-informed mental health, addictions, and substance use system. Our ultimate aim? To improve mental health and addiction policies, programs, and practice in Ontario.
Learn about current EENet CoIs/CoPs.
Past EENet CoIs/CoPs have focused on a variety of topics, including fidelity monitoring, racialized populations, opioid overdose prevention and naloxone access, and housing, health and justice.
What support will CoIs/CoPs receive?
Each CoI/CoP will receive in-kind supports from an EENet knowledge broker, who will dedicate up to half a day per week to your group's activities.
Knowledge brokers can help with the following activities:
- Develop knowledge mobilization plans (work plans for getting the right evidence to the right people in a format that is useful for them)
- Complete needs assessments for defined groups
- Coordinate webinars and other interactive events
- Develop resources (e.g. evidence briefs, research summaries, infographics, etc.)
- Develop online collaborative spaces on EENet Connect, our online community with over 17,000 members
- Identify and enable connections to other projects or relevant stakeholders
- Share the work of each CoI/CoP through EENet’s communication channels
- Build capacity in knowledge mobilization
Note: Knowledge broker expertise should largely focus on knowledge mobilization work and not administrative functions.
What will your CoI/CoP be expected to do?
If selected, your group will be expected to remain active until March 31, 2024. Your CoI/CoP will work with your EENet knowledge broker to determine the types of activities that are feasible based on the identified goals and will provide a description of your anticipated activities and outcomes.
The CoI’s/CoP’s lead or co-leads will be responsible for scheduling and chairing monthly CoI/CoP meetings, collaborating with the EENet knowledge broker in the development and implementation of a knowledge mobilization plan, participating in all EENet’s CoI/CoP events, and participating in EENet’s CoI/CoP evaluation.
In addition, your CoI’s/CoP’s members will be asked to do all of the following:
- Participate in a knowledge mobilization planning session, led by your EENet knowledge broker
- Participate in occasional knowledge mobilization events to share your learnings with other EENet CoIs/CoPs
- Submit copies of all resources and webinar recordings developed using EENet resources and support
- Allow materials/webinar recordings to be shared through EENet’s network, where appropriate
- Participate in a brief evaluation of EENet’s CoIs/CoPs.
If required, EENet may be able to connect partners working in similar areas in the case of significant overlap among CoIs/CoPs.
If a CoI/CoP already exists in your area of interest, please approach us about becoming a member of that group rather than submitting an application for consideration as a new community of interest.
If you’re not certain whether your group would fulfill the above criteria or have any questions, contact Rossana.Coriandoli@camh.ca