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:

Evaluation

Inspiring Communities - Social Innovators Network Evaluation

Horizons has recently begun a new project with Inspiring Communities to design and execute a comprehensive, multi-method evaluation to assess the impact of the NS GovLab and Inspiring Communities Social Innovators Network Project. Funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, the NS GovLab brings people together to look at complex issues, develop skills, and consider and test solutions for social innovation in response to the province’s shifting demographics.

Nova Scotia Health Authority Primary Health Care - Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain & Addiction Evaluation

We have recently begun work with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to plan and implement a comprehensive, multi-method evaluation of the Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain & Addiction (AMN-P&A). The Network supports and connects health care professionals in providing care to people for pain and/or addiction in Atlantic Canada through professional development opportunities; mentorship; providing structure for inter-professional communities of practice; and leadership in the development of evidence informed policy dialogue.

Our work will begin with the development of a theory of change, evaluation framework, and implementation plan. The evaluation plan will consist of a mixed-methods approach, using a document/database review, web-based questionnaires, a Network analysis, key informant interviews and focus groups to combine qualitative and quantitative viewpoints.

Ecology Action Centre - Our Food Project Evaluation

Horizons has begun work with the Ecology Action Centre to complete an evaluation of the Our Food Project. Building on work done to date, the evaluation will include a synthesis and analysis of existing project data and newly collected data, collected through key informant interviews, that we will use to complete their Phase 3 Funder Report to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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.

Project Management

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.

Fountain of Health Initiative - New Horizons Optimal Aging Workshops

Fountain of Health received New Horizons for Seniors funding to pilot a new approach with the initiative’s Optimal Aging Workshops, its 4 part series of 90 minute workshops that share the FoH key messages around staying healthy as we age, with an emphasis on brain health and reducing the risks of dementia. Doctors Nova Scotia’s retired physican’s division is a partner in the work and recruited our facilitators.

In this series, the facilitators are retired physicians working in collaboration with community partner organizations. We worked with a FoH team to update the workshop materials, including facilitator guides and slide decks; created and facilitated an orientation day in early May with the retired clinicians; and are working with them and their partners to deliver workshops in their home communities.