Completed Work

We use our skills and experiences in combination with community wisdom to embark on shared journeys with our clients. We consider it an honour when communities allow us to be part of their journeys, and we conduct our work with great respect for this privilege.

Completed Work

Horizons offers services to meet a broad range of organizational needs. We have a strong reputation as a solid team that produces excellent quality work, and we like to have fun together. Our approach is collaborative and flexible to suit the needs of our clients.

Our services include:

Evaluation & Research Work

Feed Nova Scotia - Evaluation Support

Feed Nova Scotia - Evaluation Support

We worked with Feed Nova Scotia, a provincial charity that supports a network of 146 members across the province (comprised of food banks, meal programs, soup kitchens, shelters, and a wide range of social development agencies), to review and enhance their existing theory of change, evaluation plan, and data collection processes; and we developed evaluation tools for measuring the impact of the Network.

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) - Evaluation of Nursing Policies’ Usefulness and Uptake in Atlantic First Nations Communities

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) - Evaluation of Nursing Policies’ Usefulness and Uptake in Atlantic First Nations Communities

In 2004, community health nursing practice policies were developed in each Atlantic province, and one province’s policies have been updated annually since then. The policies address professional responsibility and accountability, nursing practice, health protection, health promotion, administration, and human resources. We worked with the APC to conduct an evaluation about the usefulness and uptake of the policies. The findings will inform future policy development and evaluation, as well as novel approaches for knowledge translation. We are also exploring whether the policies were developed using established systematic literature reviews and evidence appraisal tools, and using Indigenous knowledge.

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Mental Health and Addiction - Change the Odds - Nova Scotia Youth Gambling Prevention Project Evaluation

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Mental Health and Addiction - Change the Odds - Nova Scotia Youth Gambling Prevention Project Evaluation

We completed an evaluation of the first phase of a provincial initiative to prevent gambling and gambling harm among youth in Nova Scotia. Mental Health & Addiction Services staff from Nova Scotia’s former nine District Health Authorities and the IWK collaborated to conceive of and implement the first phase of the project. We worked with the group from the beginning of the project, contributing community development expertise, and working with the group to build a program model and an evaluation process that accurately reflected the evolving nature of the project, in the context of relevant work in the community. We collaboratively developed a logic model, a program description, an evaluation framework, and a performance measurement system for tracking project implementation, process, outputs, and outcomes. The evaluation methodology included a document review, key informant interviews, a focus group, and web and learning event surveys. The evaluation findings informed the next phase of the work.

In January 2016, we began working with the provincial project team to evaluate the second phase of the work. We collaborated to update the objectives, logic model, and evaluation framework, and we developed evaluation tools. The methodology, currently being implemented, includes focus groups, key informant interviews, paper and web surveys, and a performance measurement tracking tool. We developed an action planning tool for the project’s working groups and a monthly reporting template for the project coordinator to use with the funder (Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness).

YMCA Employment Centre - Portfolio Express Tool Evaluation (2016)

YMCA Employment Centre - Portfolio Express Tool Evaluation (2016)

We worked with the Greater Halifax YMCA Employment Centre to evaluate the effectiveness of the Portfolio Express tool they developed and piloted with participants at the East Preston Empowerment Academy. Portfolio Express helps people identify their knowledge, skills, and competencies; draws heavily on storytelling as a method for participants to uncover their prior learning; and helps people identify additional competencies they need to build in order to meet their goals. The goals could be for personal learning, for furthering education, and/or for obtaining red seal certification for trades many have been working in for years.

East Preston Empowerment Academy - Development of a Phase Two Evaluation Framework (2016)

East Preston Empowerment Academy - Development of a Phase Two Evaluation Framework (2016)

The East Preston Empowerment Academy is a grassroots, community-driven initiative of the East Preston United Baptist Church. The Academy provides literacy and academic enrichment adult learning program to adults who do not have high school diplomas. There are several components within the Academy, including learning foundations, employability pathways, leadership, and well-being. Our role was to create an evaluation framework for Phase 2 of the Academy’s Employability Pathways in the Skilled Trades, including a logic model and the evaluation questions.

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat (APC) - Renewal of the Atlantic Chiefs’ Priorities (2016)

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat (APC) - Renewal of the Atlantic Chiefs’ Priorities (2016)

We conducted a process to assist APC in renewing the Atlantic Chiefs̛ health priorities. This process involved gathering, reviewing, synthesizing and analyzing relevant data and evidence; gathering input about priorities from Health Directors; identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge; and facilitating an exercise to assist Chiefs in prioritizing health issues/needs. We meaningfully engaged the Health Directors and the Atlantic Health Partnership First Nation members, and created a framework for the priorities that aligns with their holistic view of health.

Eskasoni Community Health Centre - Review and Update of Eskasoni Community Health Centre Policies and Job Descriptions (2015-2016)

Eskasoni Community Health Centre - Review and Update of Eskasoni Community Health Centre Policies and Job Descriptions (2015-2016)

We completed a contract with the Eskasoni Health Centre to review its policies, procedures, and job descriptions to ensure that they are current, comprehensive, and that they align with the Community Health Plan. We reviewed existing policies, identified gaps, reworked the policies into a consistent format, and facilitated a day-long session with staff to review the policies and their work plans. We subsequently incorporated feedback from staff, and revised the policies, procedures, and job descriptions. We engaged staff in examining the policies, and fostering a sense of engagement and ownership of them.

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat (APC)- Family Violence Needs and Resources Assessment (2015)

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat (APC) - Family Violence Needs and Resources Assessment (2015)

In early 2015, the federal government announced new funding to improve the public health response to the victims of violence and their children. A portion of that funding is administered by the First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada. Our role was to gather insight and advice from Atlantic communities to determine where new funding for community-based services and supports related to family violence should be allocated. We worked with an ad hoc committee representing APC and FNIHB to identify the types and locations of existing services and programs in the Atlantic region that address family violence and support the healing and well-being of victims. We held in-person meetings and telephone conversations with Health Directors and reviewed documents and reports to gather program and service information, any available statistics and best/promising practices to include in the final report.

Mental Health & Addiction Services, Annapolis Valley District Health Authority (AVDHA) - Evaluation of Prevention of Gambling and Gambling Harm among Youth (2014-2015)

Mental Health & Addiction Services, Annapolis Valley District Health Authority (AVDHA) - Evaluation of Prevention of Gambling and Gambling Harm among Youth (2014-2015)

We are in the process of completing an evaluation of the first phase of a provincial project to prevent gambling and gambling harm among youth in Nova Scotia. Mental Health & Addiction Services staff from Nova Scotia's former nine District Health Authorities and the IWK collaborated to conceive of and implement the first phase of the project. We worked with the group from the beginning of the project, contributing community development expertise, and working with the group to build a program model and an evaluation process that accurately reflected the evolving nature of the project, in the context of relevant work in the community. We collaboratively developed a logic model, a program description, an evaluation framework, and a performance measurement system for tracking project implementation, process, outputs, and outcomes. The evaluation methodology included a document review, key informant interviews, a focus group, and web and learning event surveys. The draft report is currently under review, and includes recommendations for structuring and implementing future phases of the work, that can build on the foundation that has been laid.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Nova Scotia Division - Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST) Evaluation (2015)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Nova Scotia Division - Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST) Evaluation (2015)

We worked with the CMHA – NS Division to conduct an evaluation of CAST’s work, specifically focusing on assessing the effectiveness of the coalition model for preventing suicide in communities across Nova Scotia. We were responsible for assessing the program model in light of promising practices and expert opinion; developing a logic model and program description; and creating and implementing an evaluation framework. The evaluation data were collected through a document review, key informant interviews, focus groups, and a web survey. As part of the reporting process, we placed CAST in the context of mental health work underway in the province, and developed research-based recommendations to sustain and strengthen the future work of CAST.

Chrysalis House - Evaluation of Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence against Women and Girls (2014-2015)

Chrysalis House - Evaluation of Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence against Women and Girls (2014-2015)

Horizons was contracted by Chrysalis House, a transition house in the Annapolis Valley, to carry out an evaluation of a Status of Women Canada-funded project in Southwest Nova Scotia, Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence against Women and Girls. We worked closely with the advisory group to examine best practices for this innovative project, track project implementation and process through a performance measurement system, and identify early outcomes within the broader context of various initiatives underway in the community. We also worked with content experts to develop a logic model and evaluation framework for the project. Data collection methods included a document review, key informant interviews, focus groups, and a series of web surveys. The evaluation report included recommendations for a model for continuing work to address relevant outcomes in future.

Kings Community Action Group on Gambling - Building Community Readiness to Reduce Gambling Harm (2014 - 2015)

Kings Community Action Group on Gambling - Building Community Readiness to Reduce Gambling Harm (2014 - 2015)

We have been working with the Kings Community Action Group on Gambling on their recently funded project to build community readiness to reduce gambling harm in a number of communities in Kings County. Our role will be to provide advice on their process to engage communities, as well as to provide evaluation services, including the development of clear project outcomes and an evaluation framework, carry out the evaluation and final evaluation report.

Wagmatcook First Nation - Give Us Wings Program Evaluation (2014 - 2016)

Wagmatcook First Nation - Give Us Wings Program Evaluation (2014 - 2016)

We completed a contract with Wagmatcook First Nation (on behalf of Nova Scotia’s 13 First Nations, the Department of Health and Wellness, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority) to conduct an evaluation of Give Us Wings. This federal Health Services Integration Fund-supported initiative focused on establishing integrated, sustainable provincial and federal community-based mental health and addiction services and programs for First Nations peoples in Nova Scotia. The services are to be delivered in a manner that is culturally safe and consistent with relevant Acts and regulations, which is intended to contribute toward enhancing the mental health and well-being of First Nations peoples in the province. The evaluation focused on both process and outcomes, and was designed using a collaborative approach. It included a baseline measure of relevant and available indicator data. Key contract deliverables included a detailed work plan, evaluation framework, a performance measurement system, data collection tools, and an evaluation report. The methodology included a document review, performance measurement system, key informant interviews, focus groups, a reflection session with steering committee an working group members, pre and post measures with working group members and cultural safety module participants, and a web survey with project partners.

IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University - Mothers Mental Health Toolkit Project Evaluation (2014)

IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University - Mothers Mental Health Toolkit Project Evaluation (2014)

Horizons was contracted by Dalhousie and the IWK to conduct an evaluation of the Mother's Mental Health Toolkit project. The overall purpose of the evaluation was to learn about the process of doing the work; what worked well, what didn't work as well, and what could be done differently in the future. We gathered feedback from stakeholders through telephone interviews and focus groups.

First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada - Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities Outcome Studies Coordination and Reporting (2013-2014)

First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada - Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities Outcome Studies Coordination and Reporting (2013-2014)

Horizons has been working with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), Health Canada to conduct four community outcome studies of the Brighter Futures (BF) and Building Healthy Communities (BHC) programming in four different regions. The purpose of these studies is to better understand how programming is impacting mental wellness outcomes for First Nations and Inuit individuals, families and communities.

Nova Scotia Department of Justice - Evaluation of the Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network (2013)

Nova Scotia Department of Justice - Evaluation of the Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network (2013)

We are currently working with MLSN, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, and Justice Canada to evaluate MLSN's work. We developed a logic model and evaluation framework for the work, the data collection tools (which include document and database reviews, key informant interviews, focus groups, a web survey, and case studies). We have shared our findings and utilization focused recommendations in a final report to MLSN.

Department of Health and Wellness - Evaluation Services to Develop an Evaluation Plan for Collaborative Emergency Centres (2013)

Department of Health and Wellness - Evaluation Services to Develop an Evaluation Plan for Collaborative Emergency Centres (2013)

Horizons was contracted by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) to develop an evaluation framework for the Collaborative Emergency Centres (CEC) initiative. The evaluation framework incorporated a description of the CEC model and logic model that informed the evaluation process, and an evaluation plan. The work involved a review of existing tools, and the revision and development of new tools and protocols as needed.

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Interprofessional Advisory and Program Support Directorate, Mental Wellness Division - National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) Community Outcome Study Methodology (2013)

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Interprofessional Advisory and Program Support Directorate, Mental Wellness Division - National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) Community Outcome Study Methodology (2013)

Horizons was contracted in early 2013 to develop a process map outlining how individuals connect with and move through NNADAP community-based programming, and to create a culturally appropriate methodology for a community level outcome study involving NNADAP community-based programs from across Canada. The process map and the methodology will support the implementation of a community level outcome study pilot project in 2013-14, involving a selection of First Nations communities that offer NNADAP community-based addictions programming. The methodology developed was informed by a review of documents provided by FNIHB; key informant interviews with FNIHB staff in all regions across Canada; and a teleconference focus group and email feedback from community representatives across the country.

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Interprofessional Advisory and Program Support Directorate, Mental Wellness Division - Core Components of Standards and Guidelines for the FNIHB FASD Mentoring Program (2013)

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Interprofessional Advisory and Program Support Directorate, Mental Wellness Division - Core Components of Standards and Guidelines for the FNIHB FASD Mentoring Program (2013)

Horizons was contracted to conduct a literature review and consultation with FNIHB regional staff to identify culturally appropriate common core mentoring program components that will support the development of the FNIHB FASD Mentoring Project guidelines to ensure that the projects are suitable for the range of First Nations and Aboriginal communities, effective, and safe.

IWK Mental Health and Addictions - Supporting Treatment Services for At-Risk Youth Final Outcome Evaluation (2012-2013)

IWK Mental Health and Addictions - Supporting Treatment Services for At-Risk Youth Final Outcome Evaluation (2012-2013)

Horizons was contracted to conduct the final outcome evaluation for the Supporting Treatment Services for At-Risk Youth in Capital Health and Aboriginal Youth Provincially, a Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) project that began in January 2009 under the umbrella of the IWK CHOICES program. There have been two phases to the evaluation, both conducted by Horizons Community Development Associates Inc. (www.horizonscda.ca). The first phase was an interim evaluation conducted between January and March of 2011, covering the period from project inception; it focused on implementation and process issues, as well as on identifying progress towards achieving the project’s immediate expected outcomes. The final evaluation of the project was conducted between January and March 2013, covering the period beginning March 2011; it focused on project outcomes and learnings. The evaluation findings are intended to provide decision-makers at provincial and federal levels with information to improve addiction treatment services in Nova Scotia, to inform future resource allocation, and to support planning.

Recreation Nova Scotia - Examining Municipal Recreation in Nova Scotia (2012)

Recreation Nova Scotia - Examining Municipal Recreation in Nova Scotia (2012)

In July, we were contracted by Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS), on behalf of the Examining Municipal Recreation (EMR) Provincial Working Group, to gather and examine information and data on municipal and Mi'kmaq recreation services in Nova Scotia. The data we've gathered will inform recreation policy, planning and decision making across the delivery system, including provincial government, provincial association and post-secondary curricula. The work has included conducting a document review, key informant interviews, regional stakeholder consultations, and a web survey. We presented the preliminary findings at the Recreation Nova Scotia annual conference in Truro on October 24th, and are now completing the final report with recommendations and actions for moving forward.

Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Community Programs Directorate, Children and Youth Division - A Literature Review on Standards and Best Practices of Case Management in Home Visitation Programs in the Context of Maternal Child Health (2012-2013)

Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Community Programs Directorate, Children and Youth Division - A Literature Review on Standards and Best Practices of Case Management in Home Visitation Programs in the Context of Maternal Child Health (2012-2013)

We recently worked with FNIHB to conduct a literature review of standards and best practices related to case management in maternal child health programs involving home visitation in First Nations and Inuit communities. The purpose of this work is to assess international, national, and provincial guidelines, best practices and models for case management for home visitation programs; determine the key elements of case management and the core competencies required of case managers; and identify considerations for effective culturally relevant (or culturally adaptable) case management.

Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority - Evaluation of Community Health Board Planning and Activities (2012)

Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority - Evaluation of Community Health Board Planning and Activities (2012)

We completed an evaluation of the activities and impacts of the three local CHBs in GASHA in relation to their functions legislated through the Health Authorities Act. We conducted an extensive document review, several key informant interviews, and focus groups with CHBs.

Department of Health and Wellness - Evaluation of Eskasoni Mental Health Crisis Line Services (2012)

Department of Health and Wellness - Evaluation of Eskasoni Mental Health Crisis Line Services (2012)

In July 2012 we were contracted to carry out the first evaluation of the mental health Crisis Line in Eskasoni (the largest First Nation in Nova Scotia), and to conduct a literature review/environmental scan to identify best practices/models for similar services. We worked closely with Eskasoni Mental Health staff and a provincial advisory committee throughout the process, which included a document review, key informant interviews, focus groups, and a web survey. The final report provides a detailed overview of how the service is currently used, recommendations for maximizing the effectiveness of the Crisis Line, recommendations for sustaining it, and recommendations for expanding services to all First Nations in the province.

Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Community Programs Directorate, Children and Youth Division - A Literature Review and Scan of Standards and Guidelines for Supervision Practices in Home Visitation Programs (2012)

Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Community Programs Directorate, Children and Youth Division - A Literature Review and Scan of Standards and Guidelines for Supervision Practices in Home Visitation Programs (2012)

We worked with FNIHB to conduct a literature review and scan of standards related to supervision in Home Visiting Programs in First Nations and Inuit communities. The purposes of this work are to assess international, national and provincial guidelines for home visitation programs; provide an understanding of the tools, resources and supports needed by supervisors to effectively supervise and support their workers; and advise the Children and Youth Division in the development of a supervision strategy.

Pictou Landing First Nation Health Centre - Report Preparation for Let's Deal With It Gambling Awareness Project (2012)

Pictou Landing First Nation Health Centre - Report Preparation for Let's Deal with It Gambling Awareness Project (2012)

The Pictou Landing First Nation Health Centre contracted Horizons to help them develop the final report for their five-year Let's Deal with It project, which aimed to develop awareness among community members about problem gambling, and developed a treatment framework for addressing problem gambling in a culturally safe manner. Developing the report involved reviewing all project documents, reports, and activities, and conducting an analysis of accomplishments, challenges, and learnings from the project.

Department of Justice Canada - Family, Children & Youth Section - Identifying Promising Practices to Reduce Violence and Improve Safety of Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada (2011 - 2012)

Department of Justice Canada - Family, Children & Youth Section - Identifying Promising Practices to Reduce Violence and Improve Safety of Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada (2011 - 2012)

In 2011, Horizons was contracted by the Department of Justice Canada to carry out interviews with key contacts to identify and collect information on promising practices within Aboriginal communities that reflect their work to reduce violence and improve safety for women and girls to be included in a national compendium of programs, services and resources. Our work included identifying key contacts, carrying out telephone interviews, creating templates of promising practices based on the discussions, and obtaining consent for including the practice in the compendium.

Nova Scotia Association for Sexual Health - Consultation and Best Practice Literature Review (2011 - 2012)

Nova Scotia Association for Sexual Health - Consultation and Best Practice Literature Review (2011 - 2012)

We are currently working with the Department of Health and Wellness (NSDHW) and the Nova Scotia Association for Sexual Health (NSASH) to identify supports and resources that help teachers implement the sexual health related outcomes in the Nova Scotia Department of Education’s Health curricula.  We are conducting a small number of phone interviews with NSASH staff, teachers, school administrators, Public Health staff, and non-profit staff to collect feedback.  We are also conducting a literature review to identify promising and best practices for helping teachers in implementing sexual health education. We will compile the information we collect into a report, and develop recommendations to inform NSASH and NSDHW in their next steps to create supports for teachers.

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Continuing Care - Challenging Behaviour Program Evaluation Framework Development & Evaluation Implementation (2009 - 2012)

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Continuing Care - Challenging Behaviour Program Evaluation Framework Development & Evaluation Implementation (2009 - 2012)

The Department of Health and Wellness Continuing Care Branch contracted us to work collaboratively with stakeholders across the province to develop an evaluation framework for the Challenging Behaviour Program. We held two rounds of consultations across the province to gather input from stakeholders on the design of the evaluation. We developed the evaluation framework, the data collection protocols, and a detailed evaluation design report. Finally, we met with staff to review the protocols and made any necessary revisions, and presented the final report to the program's Provincial Advisory Committee.

We have implemented the evaluation using the evaluation framework we developed, including conducting a database and document review, implementing a web survey, conducting key informant interviews and focus groups with program stakeholders. We analyzed and synthesized all data, created case studies based on the findings, and developed a final report with recommendations for ongoing program improvement.

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNC) - Evaluation of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) (2011)

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNC) - Evaluation of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) (2011)

The APCFNC contracted us to conduct an evaluation of the AAEDIRP. The purposes of the evaluation were to determine the value, significance and strengths of the AAEDIRP from 2007-2011, as well as to identify the challenges encountered, and offer recommendations to ensure the program's continued success. We conducted interviews, focus groups, and web surveys with key stakeholders across the region, and developed utilization-focused recommendations for strengthening the program based on their input.

Health Canada First Nations & Inuit Health (FNIH) - Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Program Evaluation (2011)

Health Canada First Nations & Inuit Health (FNIH) Atlantic - Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Program Evaluation (2011)

We worked closely with FNIH Atlantic and an Advisory Committee to complete an evaluation of FNIH's MCH Program in Atlantic Canada. The purposes of the evaluation were to determine the existing strengths of the program and to identify strategies for building its effectiveness. The evaluation incorporated a capacity building approach with First Nations Research Assistants, and included a document review, key informant interviews, and focus groups across the region.

IWK CHOICES Program- Supporting Treatment Services for At-Risk Youth in Capital Health & Aboriginal Youth Provincially Project Interim Evaluation (2011)

IWK CHOICES Program - Supporting Treatment Services for At-Risk Youth in Capital Health & Aboriginal Youth Provincially Project Interim Evaluation (2011)

We conducted the interim evaluation of the Health Canada-funded project being piloted by CHOICES to support at-risk youth in the Capital Health area and Aboriginal Youth throughout the province. Our work included interviews with key stakeholders, focus groups with service providers and youth, and document and database reviews. We developed a summary report with recommendations for continual program improvement.

Lunenburg County & Queens Community Health Boards -South Shore Community Consultation (2011)

Lunenburg County & Queens Community Health Boards - South Shore Community Consultation (2011)

The Lunenburg County and Queens Community Health Boards (CHBs) contracted us to conduct an analysis of information gathered through a series of focus group consultations held across the two counties in the fall of 2011. The focus groups were a component of their first joint health planning process, which will lead to the development of a District-wide Community Health Plan. We entered, coded, and analyzed the data, and prepared a findings report, which outlined the key themes from the focus groups.

Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health - Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF) Integration Projects Comprehensive Process and Outcomes Evaluation (2010-2011)

Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health Atlantic - Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF) Integration Projects Comprehensive Process and Outcomes Evaluation (2010-2011)

Between November 2010 and March 2011 we worked with FNIH Atlantic and a regional Advisory Committee to complete an evaluation of AHTF integration projects in Atlantic Canada. The evaluation was primarily focused on the process of implementing the AHTF Integration envelope. We also assessed early outcomes of the projects work through document reviews and key informant interviews with AHTF fund recipients across Atlantic Canada. This contract also included a capacity building component with a First Nation community member, who worked as a Research Assistant on the evaluation team.

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) - Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF) Adaptation Plan, Mi'kmaq Health Policy Framework, and Cultural Safety Project Evaluations (2009 - 2011)

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) - Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF) Adaptation Plan, Mi'kmaq Health Policy Framework, and Cultural Safety Project Evaluations (2009 - 2011)

Between September 2009 and March 2011, we evaluated the DHW's three AHTF projects: the Nova Scotia Adaptation Plan, the Mi'kmaq Health Policy Framework, and Cultural Safety Project. All three evaluations involved document reviews, key informant interviews, and focus groups with stakeholders from across the province. A large component of these evaluations included building evaluation capacity among several First Nations community members, who worked as Research Assistants on the evaluation team. The findings are being used to inform ongoing work between government and Aboriginal partners.

Best Practices Research

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust - Development of a LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit (2015)

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust - Development of a LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit (2015)

We completed a contract with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust; we were hired to develop a LGBTQ2S youth mental health promotion and suicide prevention toolkit. Our work included conducting a literature review and environmental scan; conducting interviews with experts across Canada and the US; conducting a web survey with community groups, clinicians, academics, and practitioners across Canada; and preparing the content for the toolkit.

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch - Atlantic Region - Guidelines for the FNIHB Atlantic Region Maternal Child Health and FASD Programs (2013-2014)

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch - Atlantic Region - Guidelines for the FNIHB Atlantic Region Maternal Child Health and FASD Programs (2013-2014)

We worked with FNIHB's Atlantic Region staff to create a set of guidelines for use by First Nations in Atlantic Canada to guide the work of their Maternal Child Health and FASD programs. Our work included developing an initial draft based on a review of past work undertaken in this area (including our own), both nationally and in other regions of Canada, the FNIHB program information, and quality assurance frameworks from other jurisdictions. We then created and administered a web survey for program and project providers in Atlantic Canada to gather feedback on a draft document. Once that feedback was received, we designed and facilitated a day-long consultation session with a number of program providers to share their feedback in more detail. Based on this feedback, a final draft of the program elements and guidelines was circulated for a final vetting. We also created a directory of available tools and resources for each program.

Colchester East Hants Hospice Foundation - Best Practices Literature Review and Scan for Development of a Children/Family Grief Support Program (2013)

Colchester East Hants Hospice Foundation - Best Practices Literature Review and Scan for Development of a Children/Family Grief Support Program (2013)

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Foundation contracted us to complete a best practice literature review and program scan to inform them in developing a program for supporting children who are grieving. We examined best/promising practices and programs in Nova Scotia, Canada and internationally.

Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention - Social Determinants of Health & Injury in Atlantic Canada (2009)

Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention - Social Determinants of Health & Injury in Atlantic Canada (2009)

Horizons worked with ACIP to develop a review of the relationship between the social determinants of health and injury.  Specifically, we conducted a review of the available literature on the relationship between the social determinants of health and injury; including a review of best practice policies and programming that reduce injuries by addressing the social determinants of health.  We also identified the social determinants that have the greatest impact on injury and recommendations for further data collection.  The resulting document is being used by government and non-government injury prevention practitioners, advocates and policy makers.

IWK Health Centre - Mental Health & Addictions Program, - Developing a Model for a Provincial Violent Offender Program for Youth (2008 - 2009)

IWK Health Centre - Mental Health & Addictions Program - Developing a Model for a Provincial Violent Offender Program for Youth (2008 - 2009)

We worked with the IWK to design a provincial program for youth who commit serious violent offenses. During the first phase of the project, we completed a literature review, conducted a program scan, and interviewed key informants from across the province. Once we synthesized and analyzed the data, we worked with the project Steering Committee to develop recommendations for designing a Nova-Scotia based program. We are currently working with the Steering Committee to gather input from stakeholders, and flesh out the details of the proposed program. The literature review can be found in Appendix C.

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation - Knowledge Transfer/Exchange Tool Kit (2006)

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation - Knowledge Transfer/Exchange Tool Kit (2006)

The NSHRF contracted Horizons to develop a Compendium of Knowledge Transfer Resources, which consists of resources and/or tools related to knowledge transfer and exchange. The Compendium is a resource to assist researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, and communities. Horizons carried out internet searches for key tools and resources meeting the Compendium's criteria. We developed a template of information about each resource/tool meeting the criteria. Once the templates were complete, we created the Compendium, including a matrix - which identified the number of resources/tools found, intended targets, and primary user group - the templates, and a comprehensive reference list. The final electronic version of the Compendium included bookmarks for easy searching of the document and live links to all resources and tools.

IWK Health Centre - Mental Health & Addictions Program, Substance Abuse Treatment Programming for Incarcerated Youth (2008)

IWK Health Centre - Mental Health & Addictions Program - Developing a Model for a Provincial Violent Offender Program for Youth (2008 - 2009)

In early 2008, Horizons worked with the IWK Mental Health & Addictions Program to help determine what is needed for addressing substance abuse among youth who are/have been incarcerated. We completed a literature review on best practices, conducted a program scan to determine best and promising practices in other jurisdictions, and interviewed key informants about what they think is needed in Nova Scotia. We synthesized and analyzed the data, and worked with the project Steering Committee to identify recommendations for moving forward with a relevant program in Nova Scotia. The recommendations are currently being addressed.

Stakeholder Consultation

Municipality of the County of Kings - Municipal Complex Public Consultation Session #2

Municipality of the County of Kings - Municipal Complex Public Consultation Session #2

We worked with the Municipality of the County of Kings to facilitate the second community consultation session in its community engagement process regarding its new municipal complex. The objectives of the session were to share input from the first consultation session; and to identify the most important sustainability features, co-location options, and location criteria of a new complex. We worked closely with its community engagement working group to design the session, which incorporated innovative real-time feedback to participants about their input. To accommodate an extremely tight timeline for Council to make a decision about the location of the new facility, we prepared a comprehensive summary report of the session in less than 24 hours following the session. Planning staff presented the report results to Council to inform its decision-making process.

Recreation Nova Scotia - Communities in Transition: Learning from the Past to Inform the Future (2016)

Recreation Nova Scotia - Communities in Transition: Learning from the Past to Inform the Future (2016)

Physical activity and recreation are impacted by trends in Nova Scotia municipalities. These trends include declining population, economic growth, and financial issues. Because of these concerns, communities have considered or are considering the sharing of services, restructuring their delivery of programs and services, and/or in some cases, amalgamating with other municipal units. We worked with Recreation Nova Scotia to conduct a series of interviews with representatives of municipal units that had gone through a major transition or status change in the past five years. The final report presents the findings of these discussions and recommendations for the Communities in Transition Committee to consider for providing supports for municipal units going through transition.

Department of Community Services (DCS) - Measuring Outcomes of the Parenting Journey Pilot Program (2013-2014)

Department of Community Services (DCS) - Measuring Outcomes of the Parenting Journey Pilot Program (2013-2014)

We were contracted as advisors to the DCS for measuring outcomes of Parenting Journey, a program that is being piloted in twelve communities in Nova Scotia. The goal of the program is to promote the optimal growth and development of children and youth by providing family support through home-based visitation. We have worked with other home visiting programs before; one of the unique aspects of this program is that it supports families with children up to age 16 (most others focus on families with children up to age three or age six). Our role in this contract is slightly different than our usual role too; we are providing advice and their staff members are doing the work.

Wolfville Farmers Market - Looking Ahead (2013)

Wolfville Farmers Market - Looking Ahead (2013)

Horizons was contracted by the Wolfville Farmer's Market to gather information and input from vendors and members of the Market. This was accomplished through websurvey, telephone interviews, and stakeholder meetings planned and facilitated by Horizons. The three areas of focus were reinvigoration and the expansion of membership, input about the commercial kitchen project and direction regarding the Wednesday Market. The resulting report will inform the WFMC business planning process.

WORD Writing Editing Research - POA Brochure Focus Testing (2012)

WORD Writing Editing Research - POA Brochure Focus Testing (2012)

We were sub-contracted by a local company called WORD to focus-test a new brochure on Power of Attorney and Joint Accounts for seniors. We developed a focus test process, and interviewed representatives from seniors’ groups across Canada to gather their input; we compiled the results and recommendations into a report to inform the final development of the brochure.

Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage - Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Consultation (2010)

Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage - Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Consultation (2010)

In 2010, Horizons coordinated an extensive, multi-layered consultation with people and organizations with an interest and stake in Nova Scotia's arts and culture sector. The focus of the consultation process was to gather input and feedback on government's investment and role in the sector.

We facilitated 11 in-person consultation sessions across the province, conducted 24 key informant interviews, and conducted a web survey.  We then processed, analyzed and synthesized the data, and prepared a report for the Department and stakeholders. The report is available at http://www.gov.ns.ca/tch/pubs/NS-Arts-Culture-Consultation-Report.pdf

Canadian Nurses Association - Key Stakeholder Consultations (2010)

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) - Key Stakeholder Consultations (2010)

Horizons worked with the CNA to gather input from its external stakeholders to inform its strategic planning process. Specifically, we carried out telephone key informant interviews with provincial/territorial health agencies' representatives, and implemented a bilingual web-survey with a broad range of stakeholders. We coded and analyzed the data gathered and developed a synthesis report of the results to be used in their planning meetings.

IWK Health Centre - Mental Health & Addictions Program - Developing a Model for a Provincial Violent Offender Program for Youth (2008)

IWK Health Centre - Mental Health & Addictions Program - Developing a Model for a Provincial Violent Offender Program for Youth (2008)

We completed a project with the IWK to design a provincial program for youth who commit serious violent offenses. During the first phase of the project we completed a literature review, conducted a program scan, and interviewed key informants from across the province. Once we synthesized and analyzed the data, we worked with the inter-departmental project Steering Committee to develop a provincial model for working with these youth. We completed an interactive document that summarizes the best practices, current status in Nova Scotia, and lists relevant best practice programs for each intervention included in the model.

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection - Workplace Health Strategy (2007)

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection - Workplace Health Strategy (2007)

We worked with the Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator at the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection to consult with key stakeholders around a draft Comprehensive Workplace Health Strategy. Our role was to develop questions to gather the stakeholders input, coordinate the eight sessions held, as required, and in conjunction with the Coordinator, carry out the consultations. Following the completion of the consultations, we developed a summary report of the results.

Volunteer Stakeholder Committee - Community Volunteer Stakeholder Meeting (2007)

Volunteer Stakeholder Committee - Community Volunteer Stakeholder Meeting (2007)

Horizons worked with an intersectoral stakeholder group to design and facilitate a meeting of diverse stakeholders from the voluntary sector across the province. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the need and a preferred model for a province-wide structure to build capacity within the volunteer community, and work in collaboration with the provincial government. We developed a summary report of the meeting results, including recommendations for moving forward, based on participants work that day and on learnings from similar structures across Canada.

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Strategic Framework to Address Suicide in Nova Scotia (2006)

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Strategic Framework to Address Suicide in Nova Scotia (2006)

Horizons worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection and an intersectoral provincial Steering Committee to re-draft a strategic framework to address suicide in this province. This work involved completing a best practice literature review, interviewing key informants and researchers about their strategies and work, conducting consultation sessions with a range of key stakeholder groups across the province, conducting a web survey, updating a draft logic model, revising a draft suicide prevention strategy, and launching the final strategic framework with stakeholders. The Nova Scotia Strategic Framework to Address Suicide is available at http://gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/SuicideFramework.pdf.

Canadian Parents for French - Annual Meeting Planning Session (2006)

Canadian Parents for French - Annual Meeting Planning Session (2006)

In September 2006, we facilitated a planning session for the Nova Scotia branch of Canadian Parents for French, a national network of volunteers dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians. The session focused on providing a forum for members to share their views, provide input on their organization's result areas and identify trends and key messages. The session was based on a process and materials designed for the group's national annual meeting.

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Preventing Falls Together Strategic Planning Session (2006)

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Preventing Falls Together Strategic Planning Session (2006)

Horizons designed and facilitated a planning session with the provincial Preventing Falls Together Management Committee and staff in June 2006. The session provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on the background of the program, analyze its current situation, and identify key areas to address in the future.

Resource & Tool Development

Nova Scotia Health Authority - Legalization of Cannabis: Municipal Impacts Symposium Harvesting and Reporting

Nova Scotia Health Authority - Legalization of Cannabis: Municipal Impacts Symposium Harvesting and Reporting

We worked with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM), the Association of Municipal Administrators Nova Scotia (AMANS) , the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Cenre who offered a provincial Cannabis Legalization Symposium to explore and discuss the municipal issues and impacts associated with the impending legalization of cannabis. We supported the planning process, developed the tools and processes for gathering information at the symposium, attended the symposium to gather content, and prepared a summary report of the event. The information captured in the report is being used to inform next steps for partners, particularly municipalities, in readying themselves for cannabis legalization.

Queens General Hospital Foundation - Website and Promotional Materials

Queens General Hospital Foundation - Website and Promotional Materials

Horizons was contracted by the Queens General Hospital Foundation to develop the content and design for its new website, as well as its new printed materials. The work included the review of existing health foundation websites and conducting a scan for best practices in foundation websites to inform the development of the website. As part of the contract, we refreshed the Foundation’s logo and created new promotional materials and stationery. As a value-added component of the work, we created a communication plan for introducing the new website and ensuring the content is updated regularly for related websites and organizations.

Doctors Nova Scotia - Supporting Primary Care Transformation (current)

Doctors Nova Scotia - Supporting Primary Care Transformation (current)

We are working with Doctors Nova Scotia to develop a Family Physician Tool Kit. It will serve as a guideline for family physicians interested in moving to collaborative models of care. It will identify ‘micro’ considerations such as governance agreements, payment models, and IT requirements, as well as ‘macro’ considerations such as culture, empowerment, leadership and effective communication, both within the team and between physicians and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The tool kit will serve as a guideline to help inform physicians exploring practice change about relevant questions and considerations.

Community Links - Count Me In! (current)

Community Links - Count Me In! (current)

We are currently working with Community Links, a provincial organization that promotes age friendly communities and quality of life for Nova Scotia seniors. We are developing and delivering 12 one-hour sessions to seniors’ organizations to address loneliness and social isolation through the use of theatre, as well as a workshop and follow-up activities. We are working with Two Planks and a Passion to create a 15 minute vignette that highlights these issues. The sessions, to be held in Spring 2017, will include the presentation, guided discussion around the issues presented and potential actions seniors can take, and a goal-setting exercise to help participants take action in their own lives. Participants will receive a follow-up call three weeks after their session to determine their goal progress and receive encouragement.

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust - Development of a LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit (2015)

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust - Development of a LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit (2015)

We completed a contract with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust; we were hired to develop a LGBTQ2S youth mental health promotion and suicide prevention toolkit. Our work included conducting a literature review and environmental scan; conducting interviews with experts across Canada and the US; conducting a web survey with community groups, clinicians, academics, and practitioners across Canada; and preparing the content for the toolkit.

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch - Atlantic Region - Guidelines for the FNIHB Atlantic Region Maternal Child Health and FASD Programs (2013-2014)

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch - Atlantic Region - Guidelines for the FNIHB Atlantic Region Maternal Child Health and FASD Programs (2013-2014)

We worked with FNIHB's Atlantic Region staff to create a set of guidelines for use by First Nations in Atlantic Canada to guide the work of their Maternal Child Health and FASD programs. Our work included developing an initial draft based on a review of past work undertaken in this area (including our own), both nationally and in other regions of Canada, the FNIHB program information, and quality assurance frameworks from other jurisdictions. We then created and administered a web survey for program and project providers in Atlantic Canada to gather feedback on a draft document. Once that feedback was received, we designed and facilitated a day-long consultation session with a number of program providers to share their feedback in more detail. Based on this feedback, a final draft of the program elements and guidelines was circulated for a final vetting. We also created a directory of available tools and resources for each program.

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs - Enhancement of a Health Career Website for Atlantic First Nation Youth (2013)

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs - Enhancement of a Health Career Website for Atlantic First Nation Youth (2013)

Horizons was contracted by the APC, Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative to redevelop, update, and enhance the existing Native Health Careers website to make it more dynamic, and more responsive to the needs of Atlantic First Nations youth. The enhancements included researching and updating information on almost 50 health careers, including typical job responsibilities, skills and training required, schools offering training, and job growth and salary potential; creating web pages for each post-secondary institution offering the training (primarily in Atlantic Canada), and researching and updating information regarding scholarships, Aboriginal specific, and program specific. A fun online tool to generate matches between personal information inputted by users to career profiles to was also developed. These enhancements will help to educate and inform Aboriginal peoples in Atlantic Canada about job and career opportunities in the healthcare industry. You can visit the site at www.nativehealthcareers.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Nova Scotia Division - Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST) Tool Kit for Community Coalitions (2008)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Nova Scotia Division - Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST) Tool Kit for Community Coalitions (2008)

Horizons worked with CMHA (NS Division) to develop a user-friendly toolkit of resources, best practices and planning tools designed to assist communities in developing coalitions to address suicide. Our role included reviewing draft content; fleshing out particular chapters; rewriting the information; providing advice re: organizing the content; working with our designer to determine layout, graphics, and the overall look of the toolkit; and coordinating a clear language review of the toolkit. The toolkit includes research-based information about addressing suicide, as well as information about coalition building and partnering to address suicide. It includes chapters on working with specific population groups, including Aboriginal peoples.

Organizational Management & Project Coordination

Fountain of Health Initiative - Peer Leadership Project (2015-2016)

Fountain of Health Initiative - Peer Leadership Project (2015-2016)

We worked with the Fountain of Health Initiative (FoH), a seniors’ mental health promotion effort started in 2010 via a network of interested seniors, health care providers, health promoters, academics, researchers, and non-profit organizations who serve seniors. A key mandate of FoH is to promote positive aging and healthy behaviour change among seniors across Nova Scotia, by closing the gap between current science and public awareness. We coordinated the group’s New Horizons funded-Peer Leadership Project. This work included recruiting and training seniors to deliver a series of six modules based on the FoH’s areas of evidence about what promotes mental health, coordinated pilot sessions, updated the modules as needed, coordinated sessions, and then conducted an evaluation and reported on the project.

Fountain of Health Initiative - Family Physician Project (2015-2016)

Fountain of Health Initiative - Family Physician Project (2015-2016)

Horizons worked with the Fountain of Health Initiative (FoH) on the Family Physician Engagement Project as well. This was a pilot project to put useful clinical health promotion materials in the hands of family physicians to assist them with lifestyle counseling and having conversations with their older patients about attitudes towards aging and mental health. The intent was also to bring a systematic approach to helping patients set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited (SMART) goals to optimize healthy aging. Horizons was contracted to update a physician guide; assist in the development of evaluation tools; recruit family physicians to take part in this pilot; implement and monitor the project; and coordinate project evaluation activities and prepare a final report.

Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division (CMHA NS)- Socially and Emotionally Aware Kids (SEAK) Project Management (2015-2016)

Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division (CMHA NS) - Socially and Emotionally Aware Kids (SEAK) Project Management (2015-2016)

We were contracted by CMHA NS to manage SEAK, a three-phased mental health promotion project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada's Innovative Strategy Division. In the third phase of the project, SEAK will be working with school communities in each of the four Atlantic Provinces to implement PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies), a school-based social and emotional learning curriculum, and supporting the inter-provincial scaling up of social and emotional learning in Atlantic Canadian communities. Working with the CMHA NS Division, we were responsible for overall planning and management of the project, and facilitating leadership support for achieving the SEAK Phase III project deliverables.

Grand View Manor - - Organizational Assessment (2015)

Grand View Manor - - Organizational Assessment (2015)

Grand View Manor (GVM) is a not-for-profit long-term care facility in Berwick, Nova Scotia. It provides 142 beds and 30 assisted living units, as well as services to 40 enriched housing units. Horizons was contracted to conduct an organizational assessment of GVM. We conducted a survey with staff, and facilitated focus groups with staff in every Department. The assessment included looking at the organization's leadership, the organizational culture, and the change process. We worked with an excellent Advisory Committee with staff from across GVM. The report identifies strategic directions for moving forward that support the vision and mission of the organization.

 

Please see our Archived list for the projects listed below here.

Facilitation

Agri-Futures Nova Scotia - GROW Nova Scotia

Agri-Futures Nova Scotia - GROW Nova Scotia

GROW Nova Scotia is a new initiative led by Agri-Futures Nova Scotia. Its goal is to work with stakeholders from across the food system to develop and implement a comprehensive 10 year plan for agricultural economic development in Nova Scotia. We supported the planning for the project launch, and facilitated the day-long session of stakeholders.

Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative) - Facilitation of Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs Land Strategy Meeting (2016)

Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative) - Facilitation of Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs Land Strategy Meeting (2016)

Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusaqn (KMKNO) means ‘we are seeking consensus’. KMKNO is the group that represents the negotiations on behalf of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada. The Initiative was developed by the Mi’kmaq, for the Mi’kmaq. Through these negotiations, they hope to implement their rights from the Treaties signed by our ancestors in the 1700s. KMKNO contracted us to facilitate a two-day meeting of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs to discuss their land strategy. The meeting took place December 1-2, and a summary report of the discussions was developed.

Acadia University, Department of History and Classics - Facilitation of a Strategic Planning Session (2016)

Acadia University, Department of History and Classics - Facilitation of a Strategic Planning Session (2016)

Horizons facilitated a day-long planning session with faculty and staff from the History and Classics Department of Acadia University. It took place at the Blomidon Inn in Wolfville, and the group enjoyed lunch on the garden deck on a beautiful late summer day. The interactive session focused on the Department’s vision for moving forward over the next five years, and identified steps toward achieving the vision.

Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST), Annapolis Valley - Caring Communities and Suicide Prevention Conference Caring Communities Workshop (2016)

Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST), Annapolis Valley - Caring Communities and Suicide Prevention Conference Caring Communities Workshop (2016)

We facilitated a participatory workshop at the CAST Annapolis Valley annual conference, held in Berwick Nova Scotia. The objective of the workshop was to explore what community development research and stories can tell us about building caring communities that nurture and embrace all citizens, and how that helps prevent suicide. To begin, participants discussed their understandings of caring communities. We then shared some research-based wise practices for building caring communities, and the group identified local initiatives that do this kind of work. Finally, everyone identified actions they can take to help build caring communities.

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI)- - First Nations Comprehensive Community Planning (2015)

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI)- First Nations Comprehensive Community Planning (2015)

MCPEI contracted us to help build capacity among comprehensive community planning coordinators (CCP Coordinators) hired in Abegweit, Lennox Island, and Glooscap First Nations. The CCP Coordinators are piloting a community-driven planning process currently being very effectively implemented in BC. Along with Chiefs, Band Administrators, and the CCP Coordinators, we participated in a three-day workshop in Moncton to learn about the comprehensive community planning process, and to hear about the experiences of some of the BC First Nations. As a follow-up, we facilitated a two-day workshop in Glooscap First Nation, where we focused on building the CCP Coordinators’ capacity and knowledge about planning processes and community engagement, identifying the relevant contextual factors in their communities, and developing their work plans. As part of the workshop, we helped communities identify the supports they need to move forward in developing their comprehensive community plans. We are very excited about this initiative, which is being pilot tested for use across Atlantic Canada First Nations.

Nova Scotia Health Authority - - Team Building Facilitation for the Provincial Health Promotion Youth Gambling Prevention Project Team (2015)

Nova Scotia Health Authority - - Team Building Facilitation for the Provincial Health Promotion Youth Gambling Prevention Project Team (2015)

Horizons designed and facilitated a three hour teambuilding session with the provincial health promotion youth gambling prevention project team on October 29, 2015. In consultation with the team, we helped to refine the goals, process and content of the session; designed the agenda and materials for the session; facilitated the session; and provided a summary of the session, which included a narrative of the session and action follow-up.

Community Governed Nursing Home  - Discussion of Diversity (2015)

Community Governed Nursing Home - Discussion of Diversity (2015)

We facilitated a discussion about diversity at the AGM of the Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scotia. The purpose of the session was to define and create a vision of an ideal future in relation to diversity, and identify themes and potential actions for the group to achieve this vision in the future.

Annapolis Valley Health Mental Health & Addiction Services - - Influencing Policy & Practice around Gambling Planning Sessions Services (2015)

Annapolis Valley Health Mental Health & Addiction Services - - Influencing Policy & Practice around Gambling Planning Sessions Services (2015)

We worked with staff from the former Annapolis Valley Health's Mental Health & Addiction Services to develop and facilitate two sessions with advocates for responsible gambling in Kings County. The purposes of the initial session were to share information about initiatives and best practices; to set priorities for the coalition; and to strike a working group to develop a draft action plan. The second session brought together the working group to create an action plan based on the priorities. Our role was to design and facilitate both sessions, create the meeting materials and produce follow-up packages for participants.

South Shore Opportunities - My Community/My Life

South Shore Opportunities - My Community/My Life

Over a six-week period in January and February, we developed and delivered the My Community component of the My Community/My Life employability program, offered by South Shore Opportunities (SS0), the Lunenburg and Queens Counties' Community Business Development Corporation. SSO offers practical, personal, hands-on assistance to individuals starting or expanding businesses, seeking career development, tools to make an informed decisions to move forward with their business or career ideas; and access to small business capital. The My Community/My Life employability program was targeted to young adults, 19 - 29 years of age, with the intent of increasing their employability and entrepreneurship skills. Our component of the program focused on:

Increasing participants' awareness and understanding of programs and services available in community (e.g., work, life, recreation) through levels of government, agencies, and community organizations;

Identifying community assets;

Identifying leisure activities/interests to pursue; and

Increasing the community's awareness of available programs and services.

The fourth objective was achieved by participants planning a community showcase at the local multipurpose centre. The event was planned from conception to implementation during the classes, and received very positive reviews from the groups and the public who attended.

Department of Community Services (DCS) - Measuring Outcomes of the Parenting Journey Pilot Program (2013-2014)

Department of Community Services (DCS) - Measuring Outcomes of the Parenting Journey Pilot Program (2013-2014)

We were contracted as advisors to the DCS for measuring outcomes of Parenting Journey, a program that is being piloted in twelve communities in Nova Scotia. The goal of the program is to promote the optimal growth and development of children and youth by providing family support through home-based visitation. We have worked with other home visiting programs before - one of the unique aspects of this program is that it supports families with children up to age 16 (most others focus on families with children up to age three or age six). Our role in this contract is slightly different than our usual role too; we are providing advice and their staff members are doing the work.

Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) - Workshop Facilitation (2013)

Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) - Workshop Facilitation (2013)

As a follow-up to the CMAP work, we designed a process for the ANSM Board to consider what recommendation(s) they would bring to their annual general meeting regarding the CMAP. We used a technique called the Six Thinking Hats (http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_07.htm) that allowed the group to look at the issue from all angles. It worked very well and it is one we will keep in our 'tool box'. The Board came out of the day with a clear strategy for the AGM, and an understanding of what the Association required from the Province in order to move forward.

Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage - Facilitation and Report Writing Services - Community Museums Assistance Program (2013)

Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage - Facilitation and Report Writing Services - Community Museums Assistance Program (2013)

We recently completed a contract with the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to design and facilitate two meetings with government and non-government participants to gather input on improving the administration and delivery of the Community Museums Assistance Program. Following the two meetings, Horizons provided a report that reflected the discussions and options for improving the program administration and delivery.

Eastern Health - Facilitation of One-Day Stakeholder Workshop - Goose Bay, Labrador (2013)

Eastern Health - Facilitation of One-Day Stakeholder Workshop - Goose Bay, Labrador (2013)

We recently completed a contract with Eastern Health to facilitate a one-day stakeholder workshop in Goose Bay, Labrador. The purpose of the workshop was to creatively elicit and depict knowledge and information about known strengths (initiatives and actions) and potential strengths (ideas and evidence) for improving First Nations, Inuit, and Metis cancer control. This information will be used to inform a funding proposal Eastern Health will be submitting

Municipality of Kings – Volunteer Resource Centre Focus Groups (2010)

Municipality of Kings – Volunteer Resource Centre Focus Groups (2010)

We worked with the Volunteer Steering Committee and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) to design and facilitate a series of focus groups to assess the need for and interest in a volunteer resource centre for Kings County. As a capacity building component of the work, we engaged NSCC students in all aspects of implementing the focus groups.

Nova Scotia Food Policy Council – Provincial Stakeholder Meeting Facilitation (2010)

Nova Scotia Food Policy Council – Provincial Stakeholder Meeting Facilitation (2010)

In the spring of 2010 we facilitated the founding meeting of the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council.  The meeting brought together stakeholders from across the province, who presented information about food security and the Nova Scotia context, reviewed information about the function and form of a Food Policy Council, and elected an inaugural Board of Directors.

Nova Scotia Public Service Commission- Performance Management System Evaluation Consultations (2009)

Nova Scotia Public Service Commission - Performance Management System Evaluation Consultations (2009)

In early 2009, Horizons carried out a series of focus groups (in Bridgewater, Bible Hill and Sydney) to collect feedback from managers and supervisors on what is working and not working with the provincial government's performance management process. Upon completion of the sessions, we prepared and submitted summaries of the group's responses to the PSC.

Community Inc. - Inclusive Transportation Forum (2008)

Community Inc. - Inclusive Transportation Forum (2008)

In May 2008, we worked with Community Inc., an Annapolis Valley based not for profit organization that advocates for inclusive workplaces, employment, and transportation, to plan and facilitate a province-wide forum on inclusive transportation. The forum was one in a series of provincial gatherings to develop and pilot a model of inclusive transportation for Nova Scotia.

Community Links - Preventing Falls Together Planning Meeting (2008)

Community Links - Preventing Falls Together Planning Meeting (2008)

We worked with the Coordinator of the Preventing Falls Together program to design and facilitate a two-day planning meeting of the program staff. Because of our previous work with Preventing Falls Together, we also provided program history and context to the meeting activities and discussions. Following the meeting, we developed a follow-up report of the discussions and decisions made.

Volunteer Stakeholder Committee - Community Volunteer Stakeholder Meeting (2007)

Volunteer Stakeholder Committee - Community Volunteer Stakeholder Meeting (2007)

Horizons worked with an intersectoral stakeholder group to design and facilitate a meeting of diverse stakeholders from the voluntary sector across the province. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the need and a preferred model for a province-wide structure to build capacity within the volunteer community, and work in collaboration with the provincial government. We developed a summary report of the meeting results, including recommendations for moving forward, based on participants' work that day and on learnings from similar structures across Canada.

Canadian Parents for French - Annual Meeting Planning Session (2006)

Canadian Parents for French - Annual Meeting Planning Session (2006)

In September 2006, we facilitated a planning session for the Nova Scotia branch of Canadian Parents for French, a national network of volunteers dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians. The session focused on providing a forum for members to share their views, provide input on their organization's result areas and identify trends and key messages. The session was based on a process and materials designed for the group's national annual meeting.

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Preventing Falls Together Strategic Planning Session (2006)

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Preventing Falls Together Strategic Planning Session (2006)

We designed and facilitated a planning session with the provincial Preventing Falls Together Management Committee and staff in June 2006. The session provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on the background of the program, analyze its current situation, and identify key areas to address in the future.

 

Strategic Planning & Program Development

Windsor Elms Village (WEV) - Becoming an Inclusive Community (2014-2015)

Windsor Elms Village (WEV) - - Becoming an Inclusive Community (2014-2015)

Drawing in part on our work on the Action Plan in Kings County, we worked with the Windsor Elms Village, a very forward thinking private, not-for-profit long term care home in Falmouth. The WEV is dedicated to creating a home environment where residents can continue to grow and experience the fullness of life; at the core of their approach is the Eden Alternative. We worked with a small group of leaders to integrate the principles of inclusion and diversity into their strategic work plans, and into everyday life at the WEV. We created a toolkit for a newly formed Diversity Resource Team to support this work, and conducted an orientation session in November to help them get started.

Winds of Change Dramatic Society - Strategic Planning (2015)

Winds of Change Dramatic Society - Strategic Planning (2015)

We are working with the Winds of Change Dramatic Society to develop a strategic and operational plan for the organization. Our work includes the review of their current mission and objectives, developing and implementing a web survey to gather input for the planning, and then facilitating a 2-day strategic planning session, followed by a half-day operational planning session.

Municipality of the County of Kings - Municipality of the County of Kings Action Plan for Eliminating Racism and Discrimination in Kings County (2012 - 2015)

Municipality of the County of Kings - Municipality of the County of Kings Action Plan for Eliminating Racism and Discrimination in Kings County (2012 - 2015)

We assisted the Municipality of the County of Kings (MCK) in developing a three-year action plan for eliminating racism and discrimination toward marginalized groups in the Municipality; the first plan of its kind in Nova Scotia. We conducted a document/best practice review, key informant interviews and focus groups with a broad range of stakeholder groups and institutions across the County, and facilitated a community session to gather input and feedback. We presented the draft plan at the Municipality's annual celebration of multiculturalism and diversity, and then gathered feedback on the draft via a web survey. The Action Plan to End Racism and Discrimination was unanimously approved by the Committee of the Whole in October 2012, and publicly launched in November. It can be viewed at http://goo.gl/swLcQa. We then worked with MCK to implement the second year activities of the Action Plan. Our work focused on youth engagement and building their capacity to interpret the Action Plan for their use in school and community; research and development of inclusive workplace policy and extending this work to major employers and stakeholders within the municipality; researching best practices and working with municipal staff to develop inclusive communication policy and procedures; creating Safe Harbour sites (our consultants are also trainers); building strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders; and planning and coordinating the County's annual diversity celebration event.

Community Inc. - Strategic Planning (2014)

Community Inc. - Strategic Planning (2014)

We worked with Community Inc., an Annapolis Valley based charitable organization that assists persons with disabilities find employment, and employers find qualified employees. Our role is to review their current strategic and operational documents and work with their Board, staff and key stakeholders to update their plan.

Community Inc. - Development of an Operational Plan(2015)

Community Inc. - Development of an Operational Plan(2015)

Community INC is a non-profit organization in the Annapolis Valley that provides employment assistance services to all persons with disabilities, and helps employers find qualified employees. Last year, we helped the Board and staff develop a strategic plan. As a follow-up to this work, we recently worked with the Board and staff to create the accompanying operational plan. In both phases of the work we used a fantastic resource from Australia: http://goo.gl/tifS9j. The process outlined in this resource was very engaging, and people really enjoyed it.

Glooscap First Nation - Developing a Strategic Plan for Glooscap First Nation (2013)

Glooscap First Nation - Developing a Strategic Plan for Glooscap First Nation (2013)

We recently worked with Glooscap First Nation to create a ten-year high-level strategic plan. Our work included conducting community consultation sessions, gathering input from Chief and Council, piggybacking on community gatherings to gather input, conducting a web survey, and incorporating input from previous consultation work carried out in the community. The plan includes a community vision, mission, values, objectives, and activities for the community to achieve thriving people, culture and language, infrastructure, leadership, partnerships and relationships, economic development, and lands.

Injury Free Nova Scotia - No Magic Goat Campaign (2012)

Injury Free Nova Scotia - No Magic Goat Campaign (2012)

We conducted a review of the No Magic Goat campaign (www.NoMagicGoat.ca) in the Spring of 2012. We conducted a web survey, key informant interviews, and a focus group with stakeholders to determine the effectiveness and accomplishments of this edgy, youth-friendly campaign to raise awareness among youth about the dangers of binge drinking.

Municipality of the County of Kings - Action Plan for Eliminating Racism and Discrimination in Kings County (2012)

Municipality of the County of Kings - Action Plan for Eliminating Racism and Discrimination in Kings County (2012)

We assisted the Municipality of the County of Kings in developing a three year action plan for eliminating racism and discrimination toward marginalized groups in the Municipality – the first in Nova Scotia! We conducted a document/best practice review, key informant interviews and focus groups with a broad range of stakeholder groups and institutions across the County, and facilitated a community session to gather input and feedback. We presented the draft plan at the Municipality's fantastic annual celebration of multiculturalism and diversity, and gathered feedback on the draft via a web survey. The Action Plan to End Racism and Discrimination was unanimously approved by the Committee of the Whole on October 16, and publicly launched on November 5 in Kentville. The Action Plan can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/dxphts3

Nova Scotia Environment Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions - Knowledge Transfer Strategy (2012)

Nova Scotia Environment Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions - Knowledge Transfer Strategy (2012)

Recently we worked with Nova Scotia Environment's representative to the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions (ACAS), the region’s climate adaptation collaborative. Each Atlantic province, through its Department of Environment, has been responsible for a number of projects related to climate change adaptation issues facing the region. As the initiative's work wound down, ACAS required a knowledge transfer strategy to guide the dissemination of the learnings and results of the work that’s been undertaken over the last few years. We developed a comprehensive knowledge transfer strategy, based on key informant interviews with the provincial governments’ representatives, compiling all current knowledge transfer activities, and background research. We also developed recommendations for an e-toolkit for their website, a community of practice, and considerations for evaluating the Strategy. The Strategy is available on the ACAS website http://atlanticadaptation.ca/node/263.

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq (CMM) -Proposal Development (2011-2012)

Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM)- Proposal Development (2011-2012)

In December 2011, CMM contracted us to prepare their proposal to First Nations and Inuit Health’s Health Services Integration Fund. The proposal was prepared and submitted in partnership with all 13 First Nations in Nova Scotia, all nine District Health Authorities in Nova Scotia, the IWK/CHOICES, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, and the Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselling Association. We completed this work in collaboration with project partners, and drew on the HSIF Letter of Intent, the HSIF proposal template, and relevant background materials; we also identified research evidence needed to support the proposal.

Women & Gender Studies, Acadia University (2010)

Women & Gender Studies, Acadia University (2010)

We worked with the Women and Gender Studies Program at Acadia University to focus and plan the future of the program. Working closely with a small Advisory Group, we reviewed plans for similar programs in Canada, conducted a pre-session survey with participants, and designed and facilitated a day-long strategic planning session. We also participated in a follow up session to support the Program in implementing its new vision.

Newfoundland Labrador Human Resources Labour and Employment Department - Study of Transportation Related Assistance and Delivery Options for Individuals and Families with Low Income (2009)

Newfoundland Labrador Human Resources Labour and Employment Department - Study of Transportation Related Assistance and Delivery Options for Individuals and Families with Low Income (2009)

Horizons worked with the Transportation Study Steering Committee (a sub-committee of the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee) to conduct a study of transportation related assistance and delivery options for individuals and families with low income, between March and October 2009. The work included providing an overview of provincial government-funded transportation programs and services, as well as other transportation services within the province; identifying transportation needs in the province; identifying barriers to transportation services throughout the province, especially for people living in rural and remote areas, persons with disabilities, people living with low incomes, and seniors.We also developed case studies that illustrate current transportation programs and barriers to services; reviewed transportation programs and services in other jurisdictions and highlighting innovative models; and made suggestions for models that could be applied or modified to Newfoundland and Labrador for the second phase of the study.

Acadia First Nation -Wildcat Cultural Tourism Feasibility Study and Development Plan (2009-2010)

Acadia First Nation Wildcat Cultural Tourism Feasibility Study and Development Plan (2009 - 2010)

We completed a project with the community of Wildcat, part of Acadia First Nation, to develop a cultural tourism development plan (originally conceived as an eco-tourism plan). Our work included a comprehensive feasibility study, including an update of the skills inventory for the community, a market analysis, development of the community story, a literature review of best practices in Aboriginal eco-tourism, and recommendations for moving forward. Throughout the process, we met with community members to gather information and share learnings as we moved forward. We also hired a community member to carry out the updating of the personal skills inventory. The development plan includes a programming plan, interpretation plan and sacred spaces protection plan.

Acadia First Nation - Strategic Economic Development Strategy (2008-2009)

Acadia First Nation - Strategic Economic Development Strategy (2008 - 2009)

Horizons worked with the Economic Development Department of Acadia First Nation to develop its first economic development strategy. Our work included the development of community profiles and asset maps and skills inventory of community members; a literature review of best practices in Aboriginal economic development; a Strategy vision, guiding principles and goals, objectives and strategies, and a comprehensive five-year work plan. We also developed skills within the First Nation community by training and working with community members to carry out the skills inventory.

Workshop Development & Training Supports

South Shore Opportunities - My Community/My Life (2015)

South Shore Opportunities - My Community/My Life (2015)

Over a six-week period in January and February, we developed and delivered the My Community component of the My Community/My Life employability program, offered by South Shore Opportunities (SS0), the Lunenburg and Queens Counties' Community Business Development Corporation. SSO offers practical, personal, hands-on assistance to individuals starting or expanding businesses, seeking career development, tools to make an informed decisions to move forward with their business or career ideas; and access to small business capital.

The My Community/My Life employability program was targeted to young adults, 19 - 29 years of age, with the intent of increasing their employability and entrepreneurship skills. Our component of the program focused on increasing participants' awareness and understanding of programs and services available in community (e.g., work, life, recreation) through levels of government, agencies, and community organizations; identifying community assets; identifying leisure activities/interests to pursue; and increasing the community's awareness of available programs and services.

The fourth objective was achieved by participants planning a community showcase at the local multipurpose centre. The event was planned from conception to implementation during the classes, and received very positive reviews from the groups and the public who attended.

Nova Scotia Native Women's Association - Atlantic Nursing Conference Grant Writing Session (2014)

Nova Scotia Native Women's Association - Atlantic Nursing Conference Grant Writing Session (2014)

In October, we developed and presented a plenary session at an Atlantic conference for nurses and First Nations Inuit Health Branch staff who work in First Nations and Aboriginal communities. The presentation focused on developing successful funding proposals. A highlight for the participants was an introduction to the Community Toolbox, an excellent resource, which was new to most participants.

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - Family Resource Centres Consultation (2014)

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - Family Resource Centres Consultation (2014)

We worked with the Family & Youth Services Division, Department of Community Services to develop and deliver a provincial one day workshop for Family Resource Centre staff from across the province. The purpose of the session was to share funding information with the participants, gather their feedback on the Department’s accountability documents, and to propose outcomes relevant to the work conducted at Family Resource Centres. We created the workshop agenda and materials, and facilitated the session.

Annapolis Valley Health Mental Health & Addiction Services - Influencing Policy & Practice around Gambling Planning Sessions Services (2011)

Annapolis Valley Health Mental Health & Addiction Services - Influencing Policy & Practice around Gambling Planning Sessions Services (2011)

We worked with staff from Annapolis Valley Health’s Mental Health & Addiction Services to develop and facilitate two sessions with advocates for responsible gambling in Kings County.  The purposes of the initial session were to share information about initiatives and best practices; to set priorities for the coalition; and to strike a working group to develop a draft action plan.  The second session brought together the working group to create an action plan based on the priorities.  Our role was to design and facilitate both sessions, create the meeting materials and produce follow-up packages for participants.

Community Links - Community Links Board Development Session (2011)

Community Links - Community Links Board Development Session (2011)

We were contracted by Community Links in December 2011 to design and facilitate a one-day session on board development, including board governance models and roles and responsibilities.  We planned the agenda and materials, facilitated the session, including a discussion of key skills required by the organizations now and into the future, and what if any changes the organization needs to make. Following the session, we provided a follow-up package containing the information from plenary notes, group work and a summary of decisions made.

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq -Health Services Integration Fund Planning Forums (HSIF) (2011)

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq - Health Services Integration Fund Planning Forums (HSIF) (2011)

We worked with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Health Canada's First Nation Inuit Health (FNIH), and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to plan and facilitate two planning forums - one in New Brunswick and one in Nova Scotia, for First Nation and government agency representatives. The purposes were to achieve agreement on a joint direction under HSIF (an integration initiative funded through FNIH) and to develop a shared understanding of priority areas of focus. We designed the session agendas and materials, facilitated the forums, and prepared follow-up packages for participants.

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq - Proposal Development Workshop (2011)

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq - Proposal Development Workshop (2011)

We were contracted by Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq in November 2011 to design and facilitate a one-day session on proposal development for First Nation Health Directors.The first half of the day was an interactive workshop designed to provide an overview of the proposal development process, including understanding the funding environment and trends in funding and grants and discussing the usual components of a funding proposal, particularly the project/program logic model. The second half of the session was a facilitated discussion about an upcoming federal funding opportunity, learnings from the previous funding program, and creating an action plan for moving forward. We also developed a package of resources for workshop participants and a summary of next steps related to the new funding program.

Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - Design & Facilitation of Road Safety Stakeholder Workshop (2011)

Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - Design & Facilitation of Road Safety Stakeholder Workshop (2011)

We worked with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal's inter-departmental Integrated Road Safety Leadership Team (IRSLT) to design a process for bringing together road safety stakeholders from a range of sectors across the province. At the stakeholder engagement day, the IRSLT presented its research-based proposed road safety priorities, stakeholders provided feedback and input based on their collective experience, and the IRSLT is using their feedback to go forward. In this case we were also responsible for producing a harvest document which summarized the main findings from the consultation.

Nova Scotia Department of Health, Aboriginal Health - Aboriginal Health Transition Fund Workshop (2010)

Nova Scotia Department of Health, Aboriginal Health - Aboriginal Health Transition Fund Workshop (2010)

We worked with an AHTF committee (with representation from the Nova Scotia Department of Health, Health Canada’s First Nation Inuit Health and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq) to organize and facilitate a two day workshop in Truro for all AHTF funded projects in Nova Scotia. The workshop's purpose was to share the learnings to date from the projects and celebrate Mi'kmaw culture. We also coordinated the sound and video production of the celebration; carried out an evaluation of the workshop and developed a follow-up report for the Committee and workshop participants that synthesized the workshop learnings and evaluation results.

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation - Policy Forum and Workshop (2008)

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation- Policy Forum and Workshop (2008)

We worked with the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) to develop and deliver a customized workshop on influencing policy. The interactive, participant-centred workshop took place in Moncton, New Brunswick, and was open to all ACIC members in Atlantic Canada.

Central Region Wellness Coalition - Planting a Seed: Building Community Capacity from the Roots Up (2008)

Central Region Wellness Coalition - Planting a Seed: Building Community Capacity from the Roots Up (2008)

We designed and facilitated a day-long workshop on community development and community capacity building for health sector participants in the Central Region of Newfoundland and Labrador. The workshop was very interactive, and was tailored to build on people's own knowledge and experiences in their work, and provided a number of practical exercises to assist them in enhancing their community development and community capacity building practice.

Health Promotion Curriculum - Douglas College (2008)

Health Promotion Curriculum - Douglas College (2008)

We worked with our sister consulting agency, The Quaich Inc. (www.thequaich.pe.ca) to develop course curriculum and course materials for the Douglas College Continuing Education Health Promotion and (Primary) prevention Certificate Program. Collaborating closely with the project team, we developed course curriculum in the following areas:

South Shore Active Communities -Advocating for Physical Activity (2006)

South Shore Active Communities- Advocating for Physical Activity (2006)

Horizons worked with recreation leaders and Community Health Boards in Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth Counties to develop and deliver a workshop focused on improving community health through physical activity. Participants (including Community Health Board members; recreation staff; early childhood educators; and representatives of community workplaces) learned about the best ways to promote and support physical activity in their communities and settings, as well as a step-by-step approach to advocating for physical activity.
We designed the workshop format, developed a workbook that provided practical tools and exercises for participants to develop an advocacy strategy, facilitated the workshop, and delivered the advocacy component of the workshop.

Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (AAHRP)-Determinants of Health Workshop (2006)

Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (AAHRP) -Determinants of Health Workshop (2006)

The AAHRP contracted Horizons to develop and deliver a two-day workshop on the determinants of health to First Nations and Aboriginal communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The purpose of the workshop was to build participants'understanding of and ability to apply the determinants of health in their research, policy, and partnership work, as well as help them determine the extent to which the model is relevant in their communities. As a value-added component, we worked with participants to identify additional determinants of health to be considered in First Nations and Aboriginal communities.

Event Planning

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) - Coordination of the Annual Atlantic First Nations Health Conference (2016)

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) - Coordination of the Annual Atlantic First Nations Health Conference (2016)

Horizons was contracted by the APC to coordinate the 2016 Atlantic First Nations Health Conference. The conference was held November 1 -3 at the Park Place Hotel & Conference Centre, Ramada Plaza, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Working closely with a Planning Committee over two months, we were responsible for all aspects of organizing the event, including program planning, promotion, registration, awards nominations process and dinner, coordination of venue and exhibitors, the evaluation of the event, and a final report with recommendations to be considered for future conference committees/planners. As part of our work, we updated the registration forms, on-site program, award nomination forms, and created an exhibitor package.

Municipality of the County of Kings  - Celebration of Multiculturalism and Inclusion (2015)

Municipality of the County of Kings- Celebration of Multiculturalism and Inclusion (2015)

We worked with the Municipality of the County of Kings to help plan the 7th annual Celebration of Multiculturalism and Inclusion, which took place December 10th (International Human Rights Day) at the Nova Scotia Community College in Kentville. We coordinated the event programming, materials, venue, speakers, entertainment, promotion, and registration, and were on-hand to oversee the delivery of the event.

Ulnooweg Development Group - Lands and Economic Readiness Summit and Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Awards Show (2014)

Ulnooweg Development Group - Lands and Economic Readiness Summit and Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Awards Show (2014)

We worked with the Atlantic Aboriginal Lands and Economic Development Planning Committee to coordinate a two and half day conference for First Nation and Aboriginal communities and organizations in Atlantic Canada. The Summit, held in September 2014 in Membertou, was a tri-lateral learning opportunity in support of First Nation and Aboriginal economic opportunities, focusing on land management and economic development. As Summit Coordinator, our role included participating in and reporting to the planning committee, creating promotional materials and a Summit website (http://landseconomic.horizonscda.ca/), and promotion of the event to the targeted audience, creating of registration materials and coordinating registration, both before the conference and on-site, development of the sponsorship packages, assisting with program design, flow of the event, and liaison with speakers, developing the cultural program, including the inclusion of Elders and entertainers, venue and accommodations liaison, purchase of speaker gifts, budget development and monitoring, and evaluation.

As an additional component, we also coordinated the Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Awards Show, held in conjunction with the Summit. We worked closely with Ulnnooweg staff and liaised with federal government partners. We created the show's script for the emcee, liaised with and coordinated the cultural entertainment, developed the slide presentation of award nominees, and worked with the venue production staff to deliver the show.

What's Working in Community Development Conference (2008)

What's Working in Community Development Conference (2008)

In June 2008, Horizons, in partnership with the International Association for Community Development (IACD), co-hosted an international community development conference for 300 people from 30 countries around the world. Besides developing the theme and flavour of the event, we were responsible for all aspects of conference coordination, including program design and production, speaker coordination, registration (pre and on-site), promotion, liaison with conference venue staff, including room coordination, food and beverage service, socials and audio/visual coordination.

Nova Scotia Department of Seniors/Public Health Agency of Canada - International Workshop on Seniors and Emergency Preparedness (2008)

Nova Scotia Department of Seniors/Public Health Agency of Canada - International Workshop on Seniors and Emergency Preparedness (2008)

We worked with staff of the Division of Aging and Seniors, Public Health Agency of Canada to support their March event held in Halifax, by providing conference note-takers for each of the workshop's plenary and concurrent sessions. We developed a template for note-takers to use, transcribed all notes, identified cross-cutting themes from the sessions and developed a comprehensive conference report. The report included a summary of each session, a description of the themes, and reports from Working Groups' discussions.

South Shore District Health Authority - CHB Week Kick Off Project (2008)

South Shore District Health Authority - CHB Week Kick Off Project (2008)

Horizons worked with the Community Health Board Coordinators in Lunenburg and Queens Counties to plan and implement kick off events in each county to celebrate the beginning of the District Health Authority's first annual Community Health Board Week. We met regularly with the Coordinators and a volunteer planning committee to plan and provide advice on the activities, promotion and logistics of each event.

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Nova Scotia Seniors Falls Prevention Conference (2006-2007)

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Nova Scotia Seniors Falls Prevention Conference (2006-2007)

Horizons coordinated the first Seniors Falls Prevention Conference, held in March 2007, for Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection and its partners, Community Links, Nova Scotia Seniors Secretariat, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations and the Nova Scotia Department of Health. The conference, attended by over 300 delegates, was designed for front-line health care providers, leaders and policy makers from governments, district health authorities, acute care and continuing care facilities, experts in research and prevention, as well anyone at the local level who works to raise the profile of falls prevention in their community and support grassroots prevention efforts.

We were responsible for all aspects of planning the conference, including theme and program development and design (in conjunction with the Conference Committee), registration, program design and production, venue coordination (including menus and audio-visual materials), and the conference evaluation.

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection - Falls Prevention Conference Follow-Up (2007)

Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection - Falls Prevention Conference Follow-Up (2007)

Following the Nova Scotia Seniors Falls Prevention Conference, Horizons worked with and mentored Health Promotion and Protection intern staff to code and analyze for thematic content the input gathered at the "Taking it Home" final plenary of the conference and the Leaders' Forum, held in conjunction with the conference. Based on the key findings, recommendations around seniors falls prevention were developed.

Administrative/Clerical Support

In 2002 and 2003, Horizons provided administrative support to both the Community Links and Sharing Strengths Society organizations.