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True collaboration takes place when healthcare professionals from across organizations, jurisdictions and disciplines bring their unique knowledge, skills and experiences to resolve persistent challenges, perform vital functions and tackle common problems – together. Quality improvement collaboratives (also known as ‘collaborations’) are one way CFHI supports the pan-Canadian spread of evidence-informed, patient-centred practices.

Our Approach

Through our collaboratives, we bring together ‘coalitions of the willing’ made up of dedicated healthcare professionals as well as patients and their families. We apply our unique approach (CFHI Improvement Approach), supporting teams to assess their challenges, articulate clear improvement objectives, design solutions, implement improvements and evaluate outcomes.

While our approach is consistent, CFHI customizes collaboratives to meet the needs of health organizations and systems. All collaboratives entail:

  • 12-14 months of support and coaching to interdisciplinary teams.
  • Curriculum support to teams and their organizations (in the form of webinars, workshops, teleconferences and site visits) to implement a particular improvement initiative, while developing a lasting capacity for delivering quality improvement.
  • An online learning platform providing shared space for teams to connect, across jurisdictions.
  • Evaluation and performance measurement to track results (both successes and failures) in real-time and enable meaningful collaboration and spread.
  • Access to an extensive network of expert faculty, coaches and staff.


In 2016, CFHI introduced e-collaboratives, which offer a lighter model of support:

  • Several months of curriculum and coaching to interdisciplinary teams.
  • Curriculum support (primarily in the form of webinars).
  • An online learning platform.
  • Evaluation and performance measurement.
  • Peer-to-peer and on-demand CFHI faculty/staff coaching.

“CFHI’s Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use in Long Term Care is one of the most interesting and exciting quality initiatives to have happened in Canadian healthcare recently. “  – Dr. John Hirdes, Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

“I am impressed by the success achieved at Mount Sinai Hospital in bringing together a range of providers to improve care for the elderly across the continuum of care. Spreading this proven innovation [Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Strategy] will allow more Canadians to benefit from this pioneering approach, improving quality of life for elderly patients and their families.”  – Hon. Jane Philpott, federal Minister of Health



Discover our collaboratives and collaborations

Learn more from past webinars and reports