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:

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.

Department of Health & Wellness - Direct Benefits Program Evaluation

Horizons has been working with 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 is 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 has been 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 include a document review, analysis of existing administrative and assessment data, web-based questionnaires, and key informant interviews.

Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) – Evaluation of the Substance Use and Addictions Program

Horizons was contracted by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) to conduct an evaluation of a three year Health Canada funded Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) project, focused on the development of four sets of clinical guidelines and knowledge translation tools for the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of alcohol, benzodiazepine, cannabis and opioid use disorders among older adults. The evaluation will include the development of an evaluation framework; collection of data from stakeholders through a document review, key informant interviews, and web surveys; analysis and synthesis of the data; and a final report of evaluation findings and recommendations, due March 2020.

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.