Developing the Community Partnership Network-Local Immigrant Partnership for enhanced community integration in the Capital Regional District

The overall purpose of the Community Partnership Network (CPN) of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) is to develop the Capital Region’s capacity to more effectively attract, welcome and integrate newcomers into our community, workplaces, organizations and institutions. Through this research project, the CPN will develop a wellfounded and sustainable Local Immigrant Partnership (LIP) based on an analysis of the assets and barriers for newcomer integration in the Capital Regional District.

Exploring the Uptake and Impact of Using the LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework to Enhance Leadership Capacity in Health Systems Year Two

The health system in Canada is increasingly recognized as a complex adaptive environment requiring system wide perspectives and approaches for improving outcomes. The World Health Organization has identified leadership as a key building block of systems change, yet evaluating the value of investment in leadership development is challenging. LEADS is an evidence-based leadership development framework offered through the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), complemented by four 360 LEADS© self-assessment tools.

Evaluation Capacity Network: Aligning Evaluative Thinking and Practice among Early Childhood Stakeholders

This project aims to provide much needed evidence to service providers and program managers working in the field of early childhood development (ECD). Early childhood programs are required to provide evidence of tangible outcomes to validate the impacts of their programs. Organizations, though, do not always have the knowledge, resources, or capacity to support such processes and the intent of gathering such evidence is interpreted differently depending on the individual sector.

Supporting the scaling up of evidence based programs in schools: A Community catalyst Framework for Implementation.

Schools and educators are often asked to implement programs shown to be effective in reducing a number of mental health, and societal ills like bullying and peer victimization. While they often seen as the ideal contexts for reaching many children at the same time, the capacity of schools and educators to respond to the increasing demand for their expanded role in advancing the mental health and well-being of students is poorly understood and supported. Schools are often overburdened with growing curriculum demands, increasing class sizes, and special needs children.

Assessing Social Cognition in Autistic Youths and Adults

The goal of the project is to develop a series of standardized, performance-based computerized assessment tools for use in the examination of social cognition deficits in ASD. Drawing on the available experimental literature a number of potential assessment tasks will be identified, reviewed and configured for computer-based administration to children / youth with ASD. Programming of assessments will be followed by pilot testing, evaluation and validation in ASD and control children/youth.

Interactive ‘digital’ education for multilingual, multicultural, and transnational business practices: The framework for industrial EFL education in internationalism and glocalisaion

This project will bring to the international society a framework for “international-minded” education for business people and industrial entities. Such industrial entities may include ones that aim to start or enhance their international trading businesses, and study-abroad support businesses. The target entities may also include public educational institutions, and federal/state/municipal governmental entities that deal with international public relations, marketing, or communication.

Facilitating knowledge transfer by sharing experience before carriers disappear

The knowledge and skills of long-term employees are vital to the success of any business. When they leave, retire or are no longer available to perform their functions new employees are hired to take on their job functions. Somehow the skills of the departing long-term employees have to be transferred to the newly hired. The most effective way for transferring the skills to the new employees is mentoring.

Social Impact Analysis and Program Evaluation of GEM Mentorship Program

The project seeks to provide a program evaluation of the Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM) youth mentoring program. GEM’s program is a socially innovative approach linking high school aged girls with successful professional leaders in the employment sector, to support the development of positive attitudes and future career attainment. Using mixed methods, this project develops key outcome measures assessing the effectiveness of the GEM program, along with providing a general assessment of the overall economic and social impact the organization has in its local area.

Ecology, Conservation and Welfare of Captive Wildlife

A joint research agreement was adopted between Concordia University and Zoo de Granby in the spring 2014. The firm BBA joined this partnership in November 2014. The aim of the initiative is to foster the training of highly qualified personnel in conservation and welfare of captive wildlife, by allowing Concordia students to get hands-on experience at the zoo.

Can Learning Catalytics Replace Clickers?

Classroom response tools such as the ‘clicker’ are devices that students use in class to answer multiple-choice questions. Many studies have shown that clickers can lead to increased learning when properly used. Learning Catalytics is a new web-based tool marketed by Pearson that is meant to replace clickers. While Learning Catalytics offers more features than clickers there are also concerns which must be addressed: 1) Does the use of a web-based tool lead to more distraction in class (texting, facebook)? 2) Is Learning Catalytics as efficient as clickers in supporting students’ learning?

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