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Data and Performance Measurement Task Group for Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario

MHALeadershipCouncilImageOntario lacks a standardized, province-wide system of evidence-based performance measurement for the mental health and addictions sector. While data exists that seeks to measure performance at a number of levels, it varies widely across the sector and falls short of being able to provide Ontarians with a clear picture of what needs to be improved. This is why Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council, with support from Addictions & Mental Health Ontario, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Strategic Policy Branch has been developing a new data and performance measurement framework. Once completed, the framework will be the new standard by which the performance of the mental health and addictions sector in Ontario can be evaluated.

A task group comprised of experts in health systems data and performance measurement, experts in health and public policy and leaders from mental health and addictions community agencies and hospitals began work on this new framework in the summer of 2015. The task group found that service providers at all levels faced a number of barriers and capacity issues that prevented the collection, sharing and analysis of sector-related data in a meaningful way.

In order to address these problems, two pressing needs for the mental health and addictions sector became apparent:
a) The sector needs a logic model to establish a common understanding around performance measurement, including the collection, analysis and reporting of data.
b) The sector needs a scorecard with a common set of performance indicators that are evidenced-based and focused on health outcomes.

Since its inception, the task group has been working to draft the logic model and scorecard of performance indicators; indicators that can be standardized across hospitals and community-based mental health and addictions organizations, and can provide high quality, comparable data.

For more information, download the project backgrounder or check out the frequently asked questions about the project.

Webinar Series

We hosted a series of webinars to gather feedback across the mental health and addictions sector:

Webinar #1: Consultation with Community Stakeholders
(This consultation was held on February 18. Click to view.)

Webinar #2: Consultation with Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Stakeholders
(This consultation was held on February 19. Click to view.)

Webinar #3: Consultation with Hospital Stakeholders 
(This consultation was held on March 4. Click to view.)

Once these consultations have taken place and recommendations taken into account, the task group will then present an updated logic model and scorecard to the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council for its approval. Together, this logic model and scorecard of performance indicators will form a new framework for measuring the performance of the mental health and addictions system in Ontario and provide the standardized, high quality and comparable data needed to improve the health outcomes of Ontarians.

We look forward to connecting with you on this important initiative.

For more information, contact:

Paul Kurdyak
Core Senior Scientist and
Lead, Mental Health and
Addictions Research
Program, Institute for Clinical
Evaluative Sciences
paul.kurdyak@camh.ca

Sean Court
I/Director, Strategic Policy
Branch, Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care
sean.court@ontario.ca

Uppala Chandrasekera
Director, Public Policy
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
uchandrasekera@ontario.cmha.ca