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.

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

"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.

Direct[Message]: Understanding Mediated Engagement in the Arts for Marginalized Older Adults in Hamilton, Guelph, and London, Ontario

The Mitacs Intern will support the Direct[Message] project to develop and undertake online arts workshops for older adults to reduce social isolation resulting from COVID-19 and develop an understanding of the needs and wants of older adults who experience barriers to participation in the arts. The Intern will interview participants to gain knowledge about their experiences participating online in an effort to develop information that may be shared with engineers who are currently developing digital prototypes to support access to and participation in the arts.

Grief, Memorials, and Loss through COVID-19: Resources for caring while physical distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting physical distancing measures pose a unique challenge regarding the ability for people to respond to loss and grief. In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Hamilton, researchers from McMaster University will develop an interactive online resource to support people dealing with grief and loss during the Covid-19 pandemic. The resource will include examples of how to build community capacity for expressing care, sympathy and empathy and for coping with grief and loss in this time of social/physical distancing.

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.

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