Developing a framework of best practices for multi-sector collaboration fostering integration in child and youth mental health systems.

This research will focus on developing a framework of effective practices for collaboration among child and youth mental health service providers in different sectors including health, social services, and education.

Developing Leadership Competencies Through Elite Sport

Sport participants offer a source for community leadership potential that could be more fully and intentionally leveraged for maximum social impact. Currently, leadership development occurring through sport is haphazard and may be a product of chance rather than intent. This research explores elite athletes’ perspectives of leadership competencies developed through sport and aims to gain greater understanding of how these competencies can be intentionally incorporated in long-term athlete development models.

Facilitating Service Network Navigation: Developing a Model for Individuals with Autism and/or Intellectual Disabilities and their Families - Year two

Adults with Autism (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) who seek medical and dental treatments often require specialized interventions that are not always accessible in the community. The Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities See Things my Way clinic (STMW) developed a specialized Medical/Dental Clinic to address this important gap.

LGBTQI2S Seniors’ Safety in Public Services

This project will result in a national environmental scan on LGBTQI2S seniors’ safety in health care, social care and municipal public services. It aims to identify promising policies and practices as well as systemic and structural barriers. It will also include the experiences of LGBTQI2S workers who serve seniors, a largely unexplored area. Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are national organizations with common interests and distinct positions from which to influence change.

Finding Access to Social Services for Calgary's Non-Status Migrants

This study 1) examines the lives of 3 to 5 non-status migrants in Calgary; 2) determines the challenges that these individuals face in accessing healthcare and social services; and 3) ascertains available services as well as the obstacles to services that are essential to these individuals’ social and economic integration.

Environmental Influences on Affordances for Risky Play in ECEC Institutions

This research project aims to develop a greater understanding of environmental factors that contribute to affordances in risky play for children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) institutions in Levanger, Norway. The study will analyse observational data collected such as, semi-structured interviews with children and practitioners, video observations and field memos. All data will be analyzed for typology of risky play, degree of risk, and environemnetal components that afford risks in children’s play (Gibson, 1979; Little & Wyver, 2010; Sandseter, 2007).

Vela Canada; Building Social Capital

Research has shown that persons with disabilities have difficulty establishing relationships and becoming involved in their communities, which can generate barriers to generating and maintaining social capital. Microboards are small groups of people who have agreed to collaborate with an individual with a disability to form a person-centered ‘board’.

Engaging people experiencing poverty in poverty reduction initiatives

Across Canada, many provinces and municipalities are struggling to address poverty in their communities. Communities are attempting to address poverty with poverty reduction strategies. With a lack of literature to support these attempts, it is difficult for communities to best address poverty and to best engage people experiencing poverty in their poverty reduction initiatives. Results from this study will provide a model of engagement for communities looking to engage people experiencing poverty in solutions to address poverty.

Facilitating Service Network Navigation: Developing a Model for Individuals with Autism and/or Intellectual Disabilities and their Families

Adults with Autism (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) who seek medical and dental treatments often require specialized interventions that are not always accessible in the community. The Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities See Things my Way clinic (STMW) developed a specialized Medical/Dental Clinic to address this important gap.

Framework for dialogue and learning with parents and professionals in the Central Okanagan; an examination of learning (related to stigmatization) across relations of power

This research will create opportunities for reflection and dialogue with a group of professionals in the Central Okanagan regarding parents’ perceptions and experiences of stigmatization. Dialogue will focus on enhancing professionals' understanding of underlying structural and social factors contributing to stigmatization and the implications of this understanding for their practice.
The research draws from Participatory Action Research and Critical Pedagogy.

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