Dr. Elliott Goldner

Dr. Elliott Goldner, Project Lead

The value of reporting valid and reliable performance indicators for Canadian mental health services has been widely acknowledged. Health indicators support health authorities and facilities as they monitor the health of their populations and track how well their health systems function. Relevant, accurate and timely performance information is critical for improving performance of health systems.

In September 2015, GBF  initiated a project under the leadership of Dr. Elliot Goldner and the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver along with numerous other experts in mental health indicator construction across the country. A group of funders has come together to finance the project. This project will construct indicators across five provinces (Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. The organizations funding the project include: the Graham Boeckh Foundation, RBC Foundation, Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, the Echo Foundation and the Michael Smith Foundation. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is providing in-kind support for the project.

The overall objective of the project is to create and report on five to ten important mental health indicators that can be compared across five Canadian provinces: Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. The five provinces have been selected because they all have comparable province‐ level data on mental health services. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Beyond this initial project, GBF plans to continue to work with partners to further develop and disseminate indicators and thereby foster improved mental health services in Canada.

Read more: Indicators Project Brief