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IDEAS: Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors

IDEAS is a province-wide initiative to advance Ontario’s health system priorities by building capacity in quality improvement, leadership and change management across all health care sectors. 

Funded by the MOHLTC, IDEAS is delivered collaboratively by Ontario's six faculties of medicine and health sciences, Health Quality Ontario, ICES and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. 

Through IDEAS, health care professionals and administrators from all disciplines and sectors will learn, apply and share quality improvement knowledge and tools—and implement change across the health care system.

IDEAS programs combine theoretical and applied learning. Coaching and mentoring helps participants apply their learning to projects in their own organizations or local health systems to redesign how care is delivered and achieve better health outcomes for patients.

ICES advisors provide mentoring and support in use of data and statistical, financial and economic analysis. Through ICES, participants also have access to valuable provincial data to inform their projects.

IDEAS initiatives include:

  • Advanced Learning Program: For individuals leading quality improvement projects. Learning takes place in nine full-day classes over five months.
  • Introductory Program: For individuals who are members or sponsors of quality improvement teams. A two-day program delivered regionally by IDEAS’ six university partners.
  • Alumni activities and online peer communities: Opportunities for continued learning to help participants sustain progress on their initiatives.
  • Publicly available course materials: Resources to spread learning more broadly.
  • Alumni Webinar Series: Information on various quality improvement topics for health providers and professionals.

The IDEAS curriculum is customized to Ontario’s needs with particular focus on system priorities including better coordination of care for high-needs patients, quality-based procedures and Health Links.

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