Current 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.

Current 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 current work includes:

Inspiring Communities - Learning Director

Our ongoing work with Inspiring Communities continues to be an enriching learning opportunity. For the first time, we are using a Collective Impact lens to shape our evaluation approach. We have recently completed an evaluation framework and a theory of change for the initiative, as well as an activity log for tracking progress.

As part of this work, we are building our capacity and skills in Developmental Evaluation, an approach that allows for the messiness in community work, and supports initiatives in continually adapting in response to new information and new learnings. In fact we are co-leading a new DE community of practice with the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia.

We are also working with a terrific provincial team, and terrific teams and communities in Between the Bridges (Dartmouth North), Northside Rising (North Sydney/Sydney Mines), and Digby.

Fountain of Health Initiative - Project Management

As an innovative organization, FoH continues to work on introducing its tools and messages about brain health, resiliency and dementia prevention to the public. We continue to work with FoH, managing a number of initiatives, including:

  • Updating the functionality of the website and app ( funded by the NS Department of Seniors);
  • Creating and maintaining a database of healthcare providers and affiliated professionals with an interest in seniors’ mental health;
  • Supporting the Atlantic Seniors Mental Health Network, a regional network of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) - the Network’s main purpose is to support a regional community of practice in the mental and physical healthcare of older adults;
  • Supporting the national leadership team (Board);
  • Creating and updating a listing of knowledge exchange opportunities related to seniors’ mental health and providing to CCSMH for their quarterly newsletter; and
  • Supporting the Nova Scotia FoH core team.

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat - First Nations Treatment Centre Governance Models Review

Through Indigenous Services Canada, the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) and the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program (NYSAP) fund treatment centres across Canada to help Indigenous and Inuit communities develop local programs aimed at preventing alcohol, drug, and solvent abuse, and to help restore the well-being of individuals and communities.

We were contracted by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) to conduct an environmental scan to review treatment centre governance models across Canada, internationally, as well as leading practices throughout Atlantic Canada. Our work will consist of a mix of methods to gather the required information, including interviews and First Nation and international Treatment Centres’ website searches to determine their governance models.

Glooscap First Nation - Health Centre Needs Assessment

Horizons has been working with Glooscap First Nation to conduct a health facility needs assessment for the community. The assessment is the first step of the Health Facilities and Capital Program (HFCP) of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), whose mandate is to assist First Nations and Inuit recipients design, develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate capital projects required to support the delivery of health services in their communities.

Our work will include a demographic analysis of the community to identify trends that may impact health services; building a community profile through a document review, inventory of health-related programs and services; interviews and focus groups with community members and key stakeholders to identify community assets and challenges.

Department of Health & Wellness - Direct Benefits Program Evaluation

Horizons has begun work for the Department of Health & Wellness to plan and execute a comprehensive, multi-method evaluation of the province of Nova Scotia’s direct funding models offered through the DHW Risk Mitigation – Continuing Care (RMCC) branch: Caregiver Benefit Program, Self-Managed Care Program, and Supportive Care Program.

The main aim of this evaluation will be to assess the implementation and cumulative effects of the DHW-RMCC direct benefit programs, and how these are integrated and/or work in concert with the broader ecosystem of supports for unpaid caregivers and care recipients to enable them to remain at home in community. A priority focus area for this evaluation project will be evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of the Caregiver Benefit Program to inform decision making aimed at the potential for further expansion of the program.

Our evaluation design is based on using a mixed methods approach of combining qualitative and quantitative viewpoints, data collection, analysis, and inference techniques. These methods will include a document review, analysis of existing administrative and assessment data, web-based questionnaires, and key informant interviews.

Antigonish Women's Resource Centre - Design of Evaluation Plan

In January 2018, Status of Women Canada (SWC) announced the launch of the first call for concepts under the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Program, with $20 million in funding for organizations to test promising practices to address gaps in supports to survivors of gender-based violence. Horizons will work with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) to design the evaluation plan that will be included in their proposal to SWC for this funding.

Homeless No More - Theory of Change

We are working with Homeless No More, a plan to end youth homelessness in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, by 2027, to develop a theory of change for their work. A theory of change describes how and why a desired change is expected to happen in a particular context. It maps out the spaces between a program’s activities, and describes how they lead to the desired goals being achieved. First, stakeholders identify the desired long-term goals, and then work backwards to identify all the conditions that must be in place (and how these related to one another causally) for the goals to occur. These are all mapped out in an ‘Outcomes Framework’.

Juniper House- Safety Assessment and Risk Management Approach Evaluation

Juniper House provides a safe refuge for women and their children who have experienced abuse. They recently received funding to implement an adapted version of the Safety Assessment and Risk Management Package (developed by The Redwood, a shelter and outreach service in Toronto, Ontario) for their services in rural Nova Scotia. Our role is to monitor and evaluate the implementation process over the next year, tracking learnings, successes, challenges, and adaptations along the way. We’ll be using a variety of data collection tools with staff, women who the organization serves, and the project coordinators.