The Developmental Health of Children and Youth participating in Out-of-School Programs

In order to grow into healthy, successful adults, children need environments that support their physical and mental health, engage them in learning, and help them to develop social skills. Out-of-school programs are one kind of support that can help shape children’s futures in a positive way.

Economic Implications of Policy Change in Rural Regions: Implications of Legalizing Cannabis in the Kootenay Region

How does policy created by the federal government impact local rural regions? What are the positive and negative implications of policy changes made in Ottawa? This research focuses on understanding the economic implications of changes in federal policies in rural areas. With better understanding, businesses and community serving organizations can better plan for economic implications emerging from policy change.
The Government of Canada has indicated the legalization of cannabis will take before summer 2018.

Municipal inclusion and human rights

Pivot Legal Society seeks to improve the lives and the health of people who are homeless, use drugs, and/or engage in sex work through law and policy reform. Beginning in 2017 Pivot begun a large scale project to expand its knowledge base and networks with the goal of creating inclusive communities and promoting respect for human rights across British Columbia. Pivot now seeks to develop a body of analysis and export reports concerning the intersection of human rights of marginalized populations and municipal governance.

2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants Program Evaluation

The 2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants Program Evaluation will deepen understanding of grassroots grant making through an analysis of program outcomes and participant feedback from the Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program. Using data collected by the Vancouver Foundation, the project intern will produce a report that highlights the outcomes, opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from the program activities of the 2017 granting year of the NSG.

The Opportunity Equation

The Opportunity Equation is a multi-year research project that explores trends, dynamics and causes of income inequality in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The project aims to produce a comprehensive portrait of the changing income distribution and income gaps among key socio-demographic groups in the City of Toronto, York Region and the Region of Peel between 1980 and 2015. It looks beneath aggregated measures on inequality to investigate how much of an income gap exists among various socio-demographic groups and how these gaps change over time.

The Geography of Capacity--An Analysis of Individual, Organizational and Community Needs and Resources in Three Communities in Canada

This research presents a conceptual model of the geography of capacity and explores, through a small-scale study, the experiences of capacity across the nonprofit sector at the individual, organizational and community level in three different locales in Canada.

Reliability Study for Urban Transit Buses

The reliability of transit buses is essential for the cost-effective delivery of public transportation services. This research aims to improve the reliability of transit buses through optimized operational maintenance planning. We specifically wish to develop a mathematical optimization model that would help transit operators in deciding which bus components to repair during a maintenance intervention.

Digital vs classical humanitarianism. Mobilizing Doctors Without Borders, digital humanitarians and evidence-based study to guide a crucial analysis on the effectiveness of data collection and treatment in emergency. Project 1: Case study: 2015 earthquake

Obtaining reliable information is crucial for humanitarian workers who aim to respond to a catastrophic situation. In this context, there are many possible sources of information (e.g., local population; journalists; authorities), but only a limited time to gather data, analyze them and respond to the situation. Since 2010, a new way of gathering data has emerged called the digital humanitarianism (DH) where digital technologies are used to collect and treat information. Considering this new reality, traditional ways are challenged.

Social Procurement Value Proposition

This project aims to develop a tool for cities and municipalities to use to negotiate and evaluate how large real estate development projects coming into communities, especially vulnerable neighbourhoods, can provide benefits back to that community. The specific focus of these benefits is on providing work and training opportunities for local residents, as well as purchasing from local small businesses (called social enterprises) already focused on employing local residents who face a variety of challenges to getting and keeping a traditional 9 to 5 job.

Diversity and Inclusion: Case studies of skilled migrants in Hamilton Canada

This project involves in depth interviews of HR/line managers as well as skilled migrant employees in 3 organizations. Our focus is on understanding current issues and challenges related to inclusion and integration of skilled migrants locally. Our goal is offer actionable practical suggestions in terms of how identified challenges may be addressed in the future. Specifically, we are interested in providing advice around better inclusion practices and in depth understanding of current issues from multiple perspectives.