Written as a type of planning checklist for Ontario’s LHINs (2006), this paper by Bob Gardner sets out critical success factors for developing responsive and effective community engagement. Download this file.
Building Healthy Communities
Ontario is undertaking significant reforms of its health care system by implementing Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and developing a new overall health strategy. Community engagement is seen as a crucial element of these and other reforms. How can community members be involved in developing strategic priorities and planning? Below is a selection of articles and reports on approaches used […]
There are many community engagement approaches and tools. One critical challenge is matching the purpose—whether ensuring input to planning or mobilizing community support for reform—to the most effective engagement mechanism. There is no “magic” tool that fits all purposes. Download this file.
Principal Organization: Native Canadian Centre Toronto Partner Organizations: University of Toronto and Ryerson University Principal Investigators: Lynn Lavallee This study used two indigenous methods to explore how culture and recreation programs at the Native Canadian Centre affected the well-being of Aboriginal adults living in Toronto. Using sharing circles, researchers asked participants about how their activities […]
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A new report from the Canadian Council on Learning suggests that Canada’s low and stagnant rates of literacy are affecting Canadians in a number of ways, from exposing seniors to dangers because they can’t understand medical advice or safety instructions,
Last week the Canadian Council on Social Development released its Community Profiles Report, the first product of its Urban Poverty Project. If anyone had any lingering doubts about the extent of urban poverty,
Over the past eighteen months the WI has undertaken a four part series of research and policy papers dealing with the issue of collaboration in the NFP sector. The first report in our collaboration series, We can’t do business like this, dealt with the need to change the funding and accountability model so that NFP […]
Principal Organization: University of Toronto, Department of Geography Partner Organization: Ryerson University, School of Nutrition Principal Investigator: Sarah Wakefield Researchers set out to gather systematic data on the benefits and challenges of community gardens in Southeast Toronto. Researchers held 10 focus groups, and interviewed garden coordinators and community members. The main benefit of community gardens […]
Principal Organizations: Toronto District School Board and Family Service Association Principal Investigator: Rachel Epstein The Canadian Government’s bill to change the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples has sparked massive public debate and an enormous homophobic backlash against same-sex families. This project coordinated a community-based research project to assess: a) the exposure of […]
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The experience of Toronto’s nonprofit community over the past decade has been articulated in countless reports. They document that changing political and economic forces have led to not only the downloading of responsibilities,but also increased demands for programs and services provided by nonprofit organizations. This changing terrain has placed local nonprofits in a precarious position, […]
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