Data-Informed Decision Making: Driving Positive Change in Mental Health Care

Empower individuals to lead their own wellness journey through data-informed decision making.
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Introduction to Data-informed Decision Making

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to data-informed decision making (DIDM), an expansion of Measurement Based Care.

Data is indispensable in informing care decisions. Explore the benefits of individuals using data to monitor their mental health in collaboration with their provider, which can improve care and increase the engagement of people accessing services. Using data allows for informed decisions about care, ensuring that both service users and providers can tailor interventions more effectively and efficiently.


Cost per person: $275 CAD

Course length: Approximately 1.5 hours

Note: This is the first segment of a two-part series on DIDM (The second module is an option of either Data-informed Decision Making for Service Providers or Data-informed Decision Making for Leaders and Administrators)

Use data-informed decision making for people to actively participate in their own wellness journey and reinforce person centric care.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll gain a comprehensive introduction to data-informed decision making within the SC2.0 model. Discover why data is indispensable in informing care decisions, and explore how it can be leveraged to improve the care system.

The course will prepare you to:

  • Understand the potential benefits of data-informed decision making for service users, service providers and administrators
  • Define data-informed decision making based on a Stepped Care 2.0 model 
  • Identify five essential elements of data-informed decision making
  • Recognize the essential elements of data-informed decision making in a variety of types of services, including an in-person session and within an e-mental health service


The Introduction to Data-Informed Decision Making course lays the foundation for deeper dives into specific aspects of DIDM, with additional modules focusing on DIDM for service providers and for administrators.


*Participants who complete all course activities will receive a letter of completion.

Course Content

  • What is DIDM
  • Why it’s important
  • How DIDM works across a continuum of care

Why it Matters

The use of data-informed decision making across services in a system of care supports people to be more involved in monitoring their mental health and wellness, and to make informed decisions about their care. DIDM has been shown to improve communication with people accessing services, promote collaborative decision-making, and lead to better outcomes. Although the benefits are high, implementing DIDM use well can be challenging at first and may require changes in attitudes, processes, and practices. This first module provides a starting point for anyone interested in building more knowledge around DIDM. The following modules will take a deeper dive into how DIDM can be applied in practice for service providers, and how to plan sustainable implementation of DIDM for leaders and administrators.

Who Should Enroll

Whether you’re a healthcare professional exploring new methodologies, a director at a counselling centre, or an individual with a keen interest in innovative healthcare models, this course is tailored to meet your needs. It’s the perfect starting point on your journey into the realm of the SC2.0 model.

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