Hub Tool: Overview of Findings from Project Stories, MHP-IF Phase 1

Author: KDE Hub for Mental Health Promotion (2022)

KDE Hub for Mental Health Promotion (May 2022). Hub Tool: Overview of Findings from Project Stories. Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund – Phase 1. Waterloo, Ontario: Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub, Renison University College, University of Waterloo.


The KDE Hub’s mandate includes the development of new knowledge across projects. The findings in this tool are from a Hub-led study of project stories; two rounds of conversations, one year apart (Fall 2020 and 2021). All 20 MHP-IF projects participated in both rounds. A semi-structured conversation guide allowed projects to freely share their stories and to probe topics of particular interest, including implementation processes and issues of equity, access, and cultural safety. Qualitative analysis across both conversations yielded the 10 themes summarized in this tool.

Potential use

This tool may be of interest to those involved in mental health promotion research, policy, and practice. It provides an overview of insights across 20 projects that were funded during the first phase of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). This first phase included two years of project implementation, which coincided with the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The MHP-IF Phase 1 insights can guide future research directions, inform program decisions (e.g., planning, delivery, evaluation), and provide context for advancing mental health promotion policy and system change.

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