Program evaluation for JUMP Math: An empirical assessment of a resource for math education - Year two

Canadian math scores are in decline. Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of numerical proficiency for outcomes such as health, employability and financial stability. Therefore, the effectiveness of a child’s math education is key to future success. It is of utmost importance, then, to identify effective math education programs. The proposed project will evaluate JUMP Math – a not-for-profit math curriculum – in a selection of schools within the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB).

Telehealth group interventions for addictions in a community mental health setting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Health services delivered over the internet, often referred to as telehealth services, are becoming an increasingly important way of providing healthcare. This has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary shift to online service delivery for many organizations that followed. Although there is some evidence that telehealth delivered mental health services are as effective as in person services, this evidence is limited to certain mental health issues, populations, and types of interventions.

Identifying leading safety culture improvement practices to drive innovation to assist in the prevention of workplace injuries

When safety critical organizations develop safety culture improvement strategies they are rarely shared widely outside the organization as there is limited benefit in sharing with others. In contrast to healthcare there is not a tradition of publishing safety improvements in journals or professional magazines. When innovations are shared externally, the description is often sanitized and does not contain then challenges encountered and missteps. In addition, consultancy companies provide a large proportion of the widely shared safety innovations, as they wish to promote their services.

Applying social psychological research to improve hearing rehabilitation outcomes for persons with hearing loss - Duplicated

Millions of Canadians experience hearing loss that impairs functioning and participation in everyday life, however, only a fraction of these individuals address this loss by adopting and using hearing aids. To address this gap, hearing aid research has traditionally focused on the biology of the ear to improve technical aspects of hearing aids as well as on individual factors related to hearing aid adoption (e.g., degree of hearing aid impairment).

Impact Evaluation and Developmental Evaluation Planning with a Community- Based Not-for-Profit Organisation Focussed on Poverty Reduction

The purpose of this project is to assist a community non-profit organisation to build a comprehensive plan to evaluate its poverty reduction initiatives and activities. The agency partners with other non-profit agencies as well as with government partners, other stakeholders, and persons with lived/living experience.

Mindfulness for Mental Health: Tailoring the DeRose User Experience

DeRose Meditation delivers meditation classes to thousands of users worldwide with the goal of improving personal wellbeing, work performance, and overall life for its clients. Through thematic analysis of qualitative interviews with developers of DeRose Meditation, meditation class leaders, and long-time program users, this project will articulate a “Theory of Change” model specific to DeRose Meditation, which will define fundamental, active components of the program, how these components are invoked to generate change, and key outcomes associated with participants in the program.

Can targeting substance misuse risk in university students be an effective strategy for injury prevention?

The proposed research project is a novel addition to a larger funded trial evaluating a substance misuse intervention program for university students, Univenture, that is being carried out at five universities across Canada. The postdoctoral project is experimental in nature and aimed to investigate whether the personality-targeted psychological intervention for substance misuse also results in reduced risk-taking behaviors and physical injury among 1st and 2nd year university undergraduate students.

Feasibility of the Get A-Head® App for Clinical Psychology Research and Training in Emotion Focused Family Therapy

Due to COVID-19, adoption of and investment in technological solutions for remote mental health services (teletherapy) is rapidly increasing. While the evidence-base for teletherapy for individuals is robust, teletherapy research with families has been limited. Further, uptake of teletherapy by clinical training programs has been slow and knowledge about the feasibility of using these interfaces for remote live supervision has not yet been established.

Well-being in Nova Scotia’s communities: Applying a community well-being framework to track provincial health

Engage Nova Scotia currently holds the most information on Canadian’s well-being in one place, both in terms of number of Canadians and the content of the information. Drawing from the Canadian Index of Well-Being framework, we are able to compare well-being between communities in Nova Scotia to better understand what helps or hinders a high quality of life. This project will focus on analyzing the well-being data and developing infrastructure within the organization to build on this research.

Mentorship Needs in the Ontario Manufacturing Industry

This project will identify the necessary components for a high-quality mentorship program for workers in the Ontario manufacturing industry. Through review of existing mentorship programs, interviews with mentors and mentees, and a job analysis procedure for the mentor role, this research will assess the mentoring needs of manufacturing workers. The project will produce a task-based training guide for mentors so that they can most effectively engage with mentees in order to maximize recruitment and retention.

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