NAERUM, DENMARK — The Ida Institute has announced that it has been unable to secure future funding and is therefore significantly scaling back activities. The Denmark-based nonprofit was founded in 2007 with a grant from William Demant Foundation with the goal of bringing person-centered care to hearing healthcare.
The institute was in the unique position of receiving full funding from William Demant Foundation until the end of 2022, with the Foundation giving notice the year before that they had decided to focus fully on contained projects instead. Attempts to secure sufficient funding from other sources have unfortunately been unsuccessful.
The Ida lnstitute’s extensive bank of tools, videos, resources, and online courses is still freely available, and the organization is exploring ways to keep these accessible in the future.
“While we are all extremely sad that the Ida Institute will not continue in its current form, we are also immensely proud of what we have achieved over the last 15 years. Our learning resources have given thousands of current and future hearing care professionals a unique grounding in the principles and practice of person-centered care, while our global collaborations with professional and consumer partners, universities, and industry, and the practical tools we’ve created together have helped fuel an astonishing growth in the implementation of this approach. The landscape is unrecognizable from when we set out in 2007 and we are confident that the future of hearing care is indeed person-centered. Thank you to everyone who has been on the journey with us, not least William Demant Foundation.”
–Ena Nielsen, Associate Director of Ida Institute
The Foundation has continued to support the Ida Institute during this transition period and remains impressed by the work of the organization.
Chair of William Demant Foundation, Lars Nørby Johansen, says: “It’s been an honor to fund the work of the Ida Institute since its inception. We hope that the Ida lnstitute’s values of innovation and knowledge-sharing, and its drive to break down barriers between stakeholder groups will live on and continue to influence the world of hearing care.”
Updates regarding the future availability of Ida Institute tools and resources will be issued in the coming months.
Source: Ida Institute