Setup for Success: Improving pathways for talent retention

There is a perceived talent supply and demand gap in Nova Scotia’s ICT and digital tech sector and recruitment is at top of mind for employers. Hiring new employees can be time consuming and costly, however a well-planned onboarding program can increase the proficiency of a new hire and increase retention rates. The objective of the proposed research is to (1) examine best practices for employee onboarding and (2) investigate current practices within the tech sector. To answer these questions, we will conduct a literature review and deploy an industry-wide survey.

The Effect of Degenerative Spine Disease on Neuromuscular Pain and Function

Despite its growing prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal disease in society, its cause is still poorly understood. Emerging research suggests that degenerative spine disease may be an important facilitator to the development of chronic inflammatory musculoskeletal disease. We aim to investigate the effect of degenerative spine disease on muscle inflammation, pain and dysfunction by using an animal model of experimentally induced spine osteoarthritis.

Improving Financial Health in Canada

The goal of this partnership is to develop data-driven tools that will empower individual Canadians to improve their financial resilience and reduce their levels of financial stress.

Moving Beyond BMI: Cardiovascular fitness as biological marker of reproductive health

The Healthcare Foundation plays an active role in improving patient experiences across Newfoundland and Labrador. The significant findings from research funded by the Healthcare Foundation helps improve the way we diagnose and treat our population. After a grant is received a board member from the foundation is updated on the findings of the research, who then examines how the results will improve healthcare practices in the province. If our study yields significant results, offline resources may become available to the patient population, which can be accessed without seeing a physician.

Climate Finance and Youth Unemployment for COVID19 Recovery

The COVID19 crisis has had an immense impact in loss of employment across nations and sectors. Youth are one of the most impacted demographic groups as job security has become more precarious. With a main objective of addressing youth unemployment in recovery packages while remaining committed to climate progress, this project proposes a quantitative and qualitative research methodology to analyze the policy recommendations and financial figures found in economic recovery packages and policies.

Mapping Social Media Use in Kyrgyzstan: A Pilot Study

The research analyzes the structures of social networks, the varying uses of social media and information diffusion among social networking sites’ users in Kyrgyzstan as a pilot study and possibly expand in a subsequent project to Central Asia. We will study social media consequences on politics, the rise of populism, democracy, equality, participation, diversity, deliberation, privacy, surveillance, community building, informal social networks, public sphere and everyday life. The information heterogeneity of social media content in Kyrgyzstan will also be analyzed in this research.

Combating loneliness at the neighbourhood level: Developing a Community Cohesion Index

With an increasing concern toward social isolation and loneliness issues in society, there is growing interest in social initiatives aiming to enhance social connectedness within communities. To make such efforts sustainable, the next step would be to evaluate their effectiveness to develop evidence-based practices. The goal of this project is to build a reliable assessment tool, named Community Cohesion Index (CCI), that measures the social cohesion between and among neighbors.

An updated nutrient budget for the Lake of the Woods and options for management

The Lake of the Woods (LOW) is a large transboundary lake that frequently experiences toxic algal blooms that are caused by excessive nutrient inputs to the lake from its watershed. The objective of this research is to quantify nutrient delivery to the LOW from atmospheric deposition and rivers draining the Canadian portion of the basin and use this information to guide management efforts.

Surdité et sécurité en situation d’urgence : le cas de l’Outaouais

Le projet vise à décrire le vécu des personnes sourdes et malentendantes de l’Outaouais lors de situations d’urgence comme les pandémies ou les catastrophes naturelles, et de proposer des interventions pour répondre à leur besoins. Il se fait en partenariat avec l’Association de l’ouïe de l’Outaouais qui le seul organisme reconnu par le gouvernement du Québec ayant pour mission de regrouper les personnes vivant avec une surdité sur le territoire de l’Outaouais.

North Perth Ontario: Developing a Response Plan

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and extend beyond the spread of the disease and efforts to quarantine it. With emergency management efforts underway, opportunities exist to develop more effective and efficient response measures to increase the resiliency of our communities amidst this and future public health crises. Developing impactful resilience strategies requires a regional- and community-scale focus. While most Canadians live in urban centres, nearly 20% of the national population resides in small and/or rural centres.

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