Research and Innovation in Public Service Organizations-ON-512

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - biomedical, Engineering, Engineering - computer / electrical, Epidemiology / Public health and policy, Life Sciences, Human physical performance and recreation, Kinesiology, Medicine, Computer science, Mathematical Sciences, Finance, Operations research, Business, Social Sciences & Humanities, Economics, Interactive arts and technology, Languages and linguistics, Law, Music, Public administration, Social work
Company: KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
Project Length: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: 08/04/2021
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Waterloo, ON, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 6
Desired education level: Master'sPhD
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About the company: 

KidsAbility is a leader in the delivery of pediatric rehabilitation services for the Region of Waterloo and County of Wellington. We serve 11,000 children annually with a variety of developmental, physical, and communication needs. Families rely on us for occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language services, and behavioural supports for children with autism. 

Describe the project.: 

Public service organizations like ours are under increasing resource pressures. Over the last 30 years in the pediatric rehabilitation sector, demand for services has grown at twice the rate of our revenue, leading to long wait times and an increased burden on care providers. New approaches are required. 

In the private sector, most companies would address this challenge by investing in research and development. The public service sector doesn't have this luxury. We are interested in supporting research placements for graduate students to help improve our understanding of how research and development competencies can be developed and operationalized in the public service sector. 

Required expertise/skills: 

We'd be looking for Masters or PhD students across a range of disciplines.