Planning for the Evaluation of the Impact of the 'F-words' in Childhood Disability across Ontario Organizations

Funding Details
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Grant type: Planning and Dissemination Grant - Institute Community Support
  • Year: 2019/20
  • Total Funding: $8,000
Principle Investigator(s)

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Project Summary

In 2012, the F-words in Childhood Disability (Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, Future) began to capture the attention of families, service providers and organizations worldwide. In Ontario alone, there has been a significant uptake of the F-words by Children's Treatment Centres, EarlyOn Centres, Respite Services, School Boards, and Community Organizations. Since 2016, CanChild has delivered 38 invited educational outreach visits to teach about the F-words and how they can be used to support family-centred service, interprofessional work, collaborative goal-setting with families, and coordinated service planning. Anecdotally, we have strong evidence that the F-words ideas are having an impact on the lives of children and families, but this impact has yet to be formally evaluated. To develop a targeted and feasible F-words evaluation plan, it is essential that we engage community leaders and family partners who are using the F-words and involve them in the evaluation planning process. We propose to: 1) organize and implement two one-day planning meetings (February 2020 and June 2020) at McMaster University with four engaged organizational leaders, three family partners, and CanChild researchers, to co-create an Ontario-wide multi-site evaluation study to explore the impact of the F-words across Ontario organizations; and 2) work collaboratively over six months (March to September 2020) through monthly Zoom meetings and one in-person site visit at each organization to co-develop a meaningful, feasible, and credible F-words evaluation grant to be submitted to CIHR's Fall 2020 Project Grant Competition. This current planning grant opportunity provides the necessary next step to bring together these key stakeholders to develop a multiyear program of research to evaluate whether and how the F-words have impacted families/clients, service providers and organizations across Ontario.

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