Requesting Ontario priority setting documents in mental health and substance use

At EENet, we are embarking on the 2022 edition of Sharing Together, and are requesting your help in gathering Ontario priority setting documents developed in 2018 and onwards.

This initiative is designed to co-create a new evidence* priority agenda for mental health and substance use (including problematic substance use, problem gambling and process addictions, e.g. internet, etc.) in Ontario.

*EENet defines evidence to include practice-based evidence, the voice of people with lived experience and family members, research evidence, and culture.

Sharing Together aims to address evidence needs and promote use of evidence in decision-making across the province. The longer-term outcomes may include a more evidence-informed and connected system, leading to improved experience, quality of care, and overall improved health and wellbeing for all Ontarians.

Evidence needs in Ontario’s mental health and substance use system are continually evolving and not always well understood, even for those who are in the best position to apply the evidence to improve policy, programs, and practice. Engaging diverse stakeholders to identify their evidence priorities is a critical first step in working towards the integration of relevant, actionable evidence in their work.

As a follow up to Sharing Together 2018, this round will help ensure new evidence needs are identified and resources are made accessible to those best positioned to inform system change in today’s landscape.

The goals of this initiative are to:

As a first step, we are gathering Ontario priority setting documents developed in 2018 and onwards. These documents, along with the recent EENet needs assessment results will be the basis of the draft evidence priority agenda that will be used for further discussion and prioritization with stakeholders at dialogues across the province.

Please forward us any documents that you are aware of, focused on Ontario mental health and/or substance use priority setting, developed in or after 2018 before July 1st, 2022.

We are particularly interested in Ontario priority-setting documents with marginalized populations, for example First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), Francophone, 2SLGBTQ+, age-related groups, people living with disabilities, linguistic, low income, religious/faith, newcomer and refugee communities. These priority-setting documents can focus on evidence, policy, implementation and evaluation.

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