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Quality Improvement


IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors) is a comprehensive, province-wide initiative to enhance Ontario’s health system performance by increasing quality improvement, leadership and change management capacity across all health care sectors.

IDEAS consists of two accredited learning programs (an Introductory and an Advanced program), online resources (including ShareIDEAS, a resource of quality improvement projects) and an active alumni program to build and sustain a vibrant quality improvement culture and community within Ontario’s health system.

Through IDEAS, health care clinicians and administrators from all disciplines and sectors are equipped with the knowledge, practical tools and skills to confidently lead and implement quality improvement initiatives to improve patient outcomes. To date, IDEAS has engaged more than 1800 clinical and administrative health care professionals across Ontario.

Designed and delivered in Ontario for Ontario, IDEAS builds on the internationally respected Advanced Training Program developed by Intermountain Healthcare in the US. IDEAS is delivered through a collaborative partnership among seven Ontario universities, Health Quality Ontario, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

IDEAS is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario and is delivered collaboratively by:

  • The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto

  • Seven Ontario universities – McMaster University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Lakehead University/Laurentian University), Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

  • Health Quality Ontario

  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

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