The Ida Institute released the following statement on Monday 6th February:
The Ida Institute has been unable to secure future funding, and we are therefore significantly scaling back activities.
Since our inception in 2007, we have been in the unique and highly privileged position of receiving full funding from the William Demant Foundation. Since informing us in December 2021 that they had decided to focus fully on contained projects, we’ve been working hard to find alternative funding sources. Sadly, we’ve been unsuccessful.
We are having to say goodbye to most of the Ida team, although a small group will remain beyond the spring to ensure that as many of our resources as possible are accessible into the future. For now, all our tools, videos, resources, and online courses remain available as usual.
While we’re extremely sad that the Ida Institute will not continue in its current form, we’re 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.
Thank you to everyone who has been on the journey with us – without your expertise, innovation, collaborative spirit, and support in so many ways, we would not have been nearly as successful in our endeavours to improve hearing care.
Thank you also to William Demant Foundation for their support over 15 years, and for their continued support as we’ve explored other funding models and now explore ways to keep our resources available.
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