Youth Health Collaborative: Excelerating Evidence Informed Action (Youth Excel)
PEI was one of seven provinces that participated in Youth Excel, a project aimed at improving collaboration among researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and communities, towards enhancing youth policies and programs. Youth Excel was funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) as part of an initiative called CLASP: Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention. Youth Excel November 2009 and continued through until March of 2012. During that time, Youth Excel had three aims:
Aim 1: Establish and advance priorities for youth health;
Aim 2: Accelerate development of knowledge exchange capacity in provinces;
Aim 3: Strengthen collaboration among research, policy, practice, and youth leaders.
To read more about Youth Excel in PEI, please click here.
Below are brief descriptions of current project activities. Please click on the red headings for more information.
Youth Excel Case Study
As part of Youth Excel's Aim 2, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Manitoba were identified as leaders in youth health Knowledge Exchange (KE) (i.e., generating evidence, synthesizing evidence, using evidence in policy and program development, and evaluating the process). Each province completed a provincial case study to (1) document lessons learned about building KE capacity and (2) discern realistic outcomes of youth health KE networks. Youth Excel partners identified key areas of inquiry to guide provincial data collection, cross-case analysis, and a report of provincial and cross-case lessons learned.
As part of Aim 3 (strengthening collaboration among research, policy, practice, and youth leaders) of the National Youth Excel project, the CSHR Group hosted provincial forums in 2010 and 2011. The ultimate goal of both forums was to bring together stakeholders from across the province to discuss collaboration and sustaining a focus on youth health in PEI school communities.
For more information regarding Youth Excel, see the Youth Excel website, hosted by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo.