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From traditional finder to impact-driven funding – ONF’s Journey

Program Directors, Hélène Gagné (left) and Judy Gargaro (right) present ONF's journey toward implementation science approach at the GIC Conference in Glasgow, Scotland
Program Directors, Hélène Gagné (left) and Judy Gargaro (right) present ONF’s journey toward implementation science approach at the GIC Conference in Glasgow, Scotland

The 5th Biennial Global Implementation conference took place in Glasgow, Scotland earlier this fall. The conference attracts participants working in implementation science, practice, and policy in the human services, education and health sectors. The theme for this year’s meeting was: Implementation for Impact, with a focus on merging the gap between implementation initiatives and sustained impacts.

Acquired Brain Injury and Prevention Program Directors, Judy Gargaro and Hélène Gagné presented a poster displaying the evolution of ONF’s approach from traditional research funding model to a model that brings research into sustained practice. For more than 20 years ONF has been deeply involved with the development and funding of research in neurotrauma; and more recently the Foundation is playing a vital role in mobilizing and implementing knowledge to drive impact in Ontario. Integrating a research, knowledge mobilization and implementation framework, ONF has been able to support better patient outcomes for people with neurotrauma injuries and improve practices to reduce these injuries from occurring in the first place.

The poster: Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s journey: from traditional funder to impact-driven funding provides an overview of ONF’s near ten-year journey with the adopted approach to provide innovative funding.

SPINAL CORD INJURY
The SCI Knowledge Mobilization Network (SCI-KMN) is an Ontario-based network that oversees the implementation of key best practices at multiple accessible health care sites. The outcomes of the SCI-KMN realized a need to bring key learnings regarding SCI care and rehabilitation to the forefront in key centres through the emergence of a new network, the SCI Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium (SCI IEQCC).

AQUIRED BRAIN INJURY
The Acquired Brain Injury program has introduced implementation science through a variety of channels including the implementation of the clinical practice guidelines which have been brought to scale in community settings across Ontario. The Foundation supports catalyst funding to programs and sites improving their ability to achieve implementation of best practice and exemplar models of care.

FALL PREVENTION
ONF facilitates a multi-sectoral group committed to developing an integrated, systems-based approach to fall prevention in older adults. The Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative was formed to provide guidance and oversight on identified priorities including, data and measurement as well as fall prevention screening and assessment tools to support a consistent provincial evidence-based approach.

ONF has come a long way in its journey toward an implementation science approach and endeavors to further impact health policy and care for people with neurotrauma injuries and reduce the risk of fall-related injuries.

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