Knowledge Exchange Centre
The Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC) advances the MHCC’s work by facilitating collaborative partnerships with stakeholders that enable the sharing of knowledge and best practices. Not only does the Centre promote the development of evidence-informed knowledge within the mental health community, it also aims to increase the ability of mental health professionals to use this knowledge to improve the mental health system.
Driving change using knowledge exchange
Built around the concept of innovation—developing new actions, services and relationships with the potential to improve mental health outcomes—Innovation to Implementation (I2I) is a practical, step-by-step guide for creating an effective knowledge exchange plan. It highlights the importance of using a wide range of perspectives so that knowledge can be jointly identified, created and applied.
The knowledge connection
The KEC is guided by three directions—synthesizing knowledge, facilitating knowledge exchange and building the capacity for people to work together:
Research, synthesize and evaluate available evidence to integrate and leverage evidence-based knowledge, best and promising practices, and innovations in mental health.
Facilitate Knowledge Exchange
Develop and implement mechanisms and tools to facilitate sharing of resources, evidence-based knowledge, best and promising practices, and innovations in mental health.
Provide expertise and training to improve the capacity of mental health stakeholders to adopt knowledge exchange practices.
The KEC has contributed to the following projects spanning the breadth of MHCC’s work:
SPARK Training Institute
Improving the capacity for implementing effective knowledge exchange practices in the field of mental health, substance use and addictions.
International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health (IKEN-MH)
Increasing the capacity for effective knowledge exchange across all areas of mental health.
Knowledge Exchange Mental Health Awards Program
In celebration of the MHCC’s fifth anniversary in 2012, these awards recognized programs, projects and initiatives that are having a profound influence on Canada’s mental health system.
The Data Project
An 18-month MHCC initiative to produce and report on key performance indicators that will stimulate, promote, and strengthen efforts to improve the mental health system in Canada