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The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a survey designed to report on child and youth health, wellbeing, social relationships, time use, health habits and school experiences. The MDI is used at population levels to provide policy makers, communities, schools and families with representative information to inform practice, programs and policies that aim to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of children.
This presentation discusses how the MDI has been used in British Columbia and current planning for the use of the MDI in Ontario.
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Presenter: Martin Guhn
Dr. Martin Guhn is an Assistant Professor at the Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia (UBC), and the National Research Lead of the Forum on Early Child Development Monitoring, which is supported by funding from the Lawson Foundation.
Dr. Guhn has a PhD in Human Development (UBC), and degrees in Psychology and Music. His interdisciplinary, applied research focuses on social, cultural, demographic and socio-economic determinants of children's and adolescents’ developmental health, wellbeing, and educational trajectories, drawing from HELP’s EDI and MDI research projects. Further research interests include children's social and emotional development, bio-ecological theories of human development, validation of population-level assessment, measurement of change over time, educational reform, as well as school and community based knowledge-to-action research.
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