A core mandate of the Community Networks of Specialized Care (CNSC) is to build capacity in the areas of research and evaluation in order to improve the quality of care provided to adults with a developmental disability and a mental health needs and/or challenging behaviour (i.e. dual diagnosis). The CNSC values evidence-informed decision-making practices, policies, and systems as well as an integrated, collaborative approach to research, evaluation, and knowledge translation.
The CNSC is committed to using creative, innovative and strategic solutions to build a culture of research and evaluation across Ontario. It supports opportunities for knowledge translation so that research findings, reports, and outcomes can be directly shared with appropriate target groups over time. The CNSC also supports and promotes opportunities for collaboration and sharing in these areas by promoting partnerships within and between our communities. This strengthens our ability to build competency and capacity across sectors that will improve the quality of care for persons who have a dual diagnosis.