The Innovation Strategy 2009 to 2020: A strategic fund to effect multi-level change (infographic)

The Public Health Agency of Canada's Innovation Strategy (PHAC-IS) was a national program that supported the development of locally driven innovations between 2009 and 2020 while increasing the reach and impact of proven projects.

This strategic funding model focused on two complex public health issues: mental health promotion and achieving healthier weights. Its aim was to foster promising interventions that had the potential to effect change at the individual, family, community, and system levels.

Phased funding

Through a 3-phase funding approach, projects were able to adapt, reflect, and build vested partnership networks to impact policy and practice while increasing reach and scale towards sustainability.

  1. Initial design, development, and testing of interventions (12 to 18 months)
  2. Implementation, delivery, and evaluation of interventions in multiple sites (4 years)
  3. Scale up effective population health interventions (3 years)

Vested partners

Scale up

There was a gradual and deliberate effort to increase the reach and impact of successfully tested interventions across diverse populations and communities.

Readiness for scale

The PHAC-IS developed an evidence-based assessment tool to determine project readiness for scale. The funding program reached over 2 million individuals from 1700 communities across Canada.

Sustained impact

The model created the conditions for sustainability beyond program funding.

Outcomes for children, youth, and their families

In Phase 2, 81% of projects reported increased knowledge and/or skills among participants and 75% of projects reported a change in protective factors.
By the end of Phase 3, all projects demonstrated a positive impact on protective factors associated with positive mental health and healthier weights.

Knowledge development and exchange

Over 200 examples cited of knowledge developed by projects used to infl­uence policy, practice, and other programming.

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