Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks Initiative (IYS-Net) – Phases
The overarching objective of IYS-Net is to improve mental health services and outcomes for youth and their caregivers/families. This will be done by supporting research, data and knowledge sharing across IYS networks, enabling evidence-informed decision making that integrates research into practice and policy.
CIHR, together with the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), the Bell-GBF Partnership and the RBC Foundation through RBC Future Launch, is using a phased approach to build IYS-Net, a pan-Canadian network of networks and Canada’s first learning health system for mental health and substance use health, with youth at its centre.
The preliminary phase will fund research to help inform pan-Canadian standards, such as best practice guidelines and wise practices, for mental health and substance use services in IYS.
This work will facilitate and promote:
- effective and meaningful youth engagement in research;
- knowledge mobilization about standards development and the uptake of evidence into policy and decision-making; and,
- collaboration among existing and emerging IYS networks in provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities.
This phase provided funding in October 2022 to support the three most established provincial networks for IYS (Foundry in British Columbia, Aire ouverte in Quebec, and Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario) and a new Indigenous Network drawn from ACCESS Open Minds sites in First Nations and Inuit communities where research and service delivery is guided by a well-established Indigenous Council.
- Dr. Jo Henderson, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario: ‘A leader in the field of Integrated Youth Services (IYS) is using an evidence-based approach to improve the lives of Canadian youth’
- Dr. Skye Barbic, Foundry: How a Canadian scientist plans to use a Learning Health System to create a standard model of care when treating youth mental health in B.C.
- Dr. Christopher Mushquash, ACCESS Open Minds Indigenous Council: A Canadian mental health expert is using Indigenous-led research to improve the lives of youth across the country
In 2022, the majority of provinces and territories have developed, or are in the process of developing, an IYS network. Therefore, building on the preliminary phase, Phase 1 of IYS-Net will expand from the four initial networks to formalize the development of, and linkages between, all existing and emerging provincial, territorial, and Indigenous IYS networks across Canada. IYS Networks will use a Learning Health System approach to ensure networks remain flexible, adaptable and in the best interest of outcomes for youth and caregivers/families.
The specific objectives of Phase 1 are to:
- Continue to build and strengthen research and knowledge mobilization capacity within and across IYS networks;
- Catalyze collaborations and knowledge sharing within and across IYS networks, and use diverse research methods such as Indigenous ways of knowing;
- Support the uptake of common data approaches and open science practices within and across IYS networks; and,
- Facilitate effective and meaningful youth and caregiver/family engagement.
Visit the Funding section for information about funding opportunities associated with this initiative. For more information about applying to this funding opportunity, please refer to the questions and answers.
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