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William Reid, MNP LLP
Dr. Laura Tate, Community Action Initiative
Scott Graham, Social Planning and Research Council of BC
The BC Community Action Initiative was established to facilitate community-based, partnership-driven, and culturally safe approaches that promote mental health; prevent harmful use of substances; and improve services and supports for those affected by mental health/illness and problematic substance use. Over a three year period, SPARC BC in partnership with MNP LLP is leading a provincial evaluation with both formative and summative aspects, and that is further supported by quarterly performance reporting and digital stories. This presentation will provide for an overview of, and sharing of experiences from both the program being evaluated and those evaluating, the BC Community Action Initiative. In so doing, it will speak to the shared discoveries of collaboration as the evaluation studies and performance reporting unfolded; the engagement of a multi-stakeholder Leadership Council and community project evaluators; and, orienting a provincial evaluation in a fashion that tells the story of system-wide results along with community collaboration, action, and impacts.