Youth Action Initiative: Needs Assessment & Outcome Evaluation Research

Youth-facing service providers in Waterloo Region have historically faced challenges when engaging marginalized youth. Through the Youth Action Initiative (YAI), Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) in partnership with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) aim to address barriers to equity and engagement for youth in Waterloo Region, particularly for youth who have been historically and continue to be disenfranchised, such as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC). Two objectives of the YAI are to complete a needs assessment and outcome evaluation research studies.

Community Based Mental Health Supports for Men from Ethnoculturally Diverse Communities.

This community project will train men from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds and support them in leading well-being groups with men from their communities. Evaluations from past projects have underscored the importance of engaging men in conversations of well-being, healthy relationships, and violence-prevention. This includes the need for further outreach to support men in accessing services and address intersectional and system barriers as part of an overall strategy for mens’ well-being and violence prevention.

Advancing Post-Secondary Opportunity for Autistic Students

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson, provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization. (100-150 words)The project has been developed in concurrence with the Sinneave Foundation’s aim to improve outcomes in education, employment and housing for autistic youth and adults. Post-secondary educational supports and access have been identified as key areas to develop to support the autistic population in their goals.

Exploring the Use of Simulation-Based Learning with Community-based Settings to Promote Clinical Practice Competencies in Practitioners

This project seeks to answer the overarching research question, how can the use of simulation-based learning (SBL) within a community-based setting improve access to training and the development of clinical practice competencies in practitioners (e.g. social work/psychology students/professionals). The project will expand access to experiential learning within a community-based setting using multiple modalities within the area of SBL (live, in-person, virtual, and gaming simulations) to increase access to training and upskilling opportunities for both student and professionals.

The art of working togerther: Community case studies supporting a model for collaborative arts informed research as social practice

The Art of Working Together: Developing a Sustainable Model for Arts Informed Research as Social Practice aims to strengthen the capacity of Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice (Centre[3]) to support community-based arts-informed research as social practice by developing a model for sustainable partnerships. Centre[3] has a long tradition of research collaborations with institutions (university/college/hospital), community-based organizations (e.g. Hamilton Public Library) and local, regional, provincial and national partners.

A participatory approach to redeveloping coach and volunteer online training modules: A Special Olympics context - Year two

On-going coach and volunteer training are essential to providing high-quality, evidence-informed practices in sport settings. This study aims to extend Special Olympics Ontario and Special Olympics Canada's online training platform for coaches and volunteers by working with athletes with intellectual disabilities, current Special Olympics coaches, and families of Special Olympics athletes.

Evaluation of the implementation at scale of a public health intervention to promote social and emotional development in the early years in British Columbia

British Columbia’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has identified healthy social and emotional development (SED) in early childhood as a priority action towards addressing the province’s mental health crisis. In response, ChildHealth BC (CHBC) is developing a multi-component provincial intervention to expand the capacity of caregivers to promote SED in young children- the first to be implemented at scale in Canada. While there is evidence on the efficacy of capacity-building SED strategies, research on how to bring these strategies to scale is lacking in the field.

Learning from the Experiences of Recovery College Stakeholders to Inform the Implementation and Evaluation of an Innovative Model of Mental Health and Substance Use Care in Vancouver

The overarching objective of the RC project is to generate evidence to support the successful development, implementation, and evaluation of the Recovery College model in the Vancouver Coastal Health region of British Columbia. Research conducted by interns on this project will include incorporating lessons learned from current and previous Recovery Colleges in other areas of Canada and internationally, laying the groundwork for the development of implementation and evaluation frameworks for two (2) pilot programs of the Recovery College model.

What does the extant literature and needs assessment determine is the most effective mentorship model for low SES Black children?

The purpose of this project is to support the effective planning, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of a new mentorship program through the YCMA of Greater Toronto serving Black youth in priority neighbourhoods in Toronto’s east end, namely the Galloway, Malvern and Dorset Park neighbourhoods in Scarborough.

Exploring race representation and the racial wage gap in Southern Ontario’s Tech Industry

There is a lack of “diversity” in Canada’s tech industry and this is what the research is based on. The lack of research considering racial diversity in the tech industry in Canada leaves a significant gap in understanding issues that would be critical in addressing such a lack of diversity. This research will explore how, to what extent, race is represented in Southwestern Ontario’s tech industry. In so doing, it will determine if, and if so, to what extent, there is there is a race equity pay gap.

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