On June 20th, community data users and providers from across Canada came together for the third annual Community Data Canada Roundtable. A free, fully-bilingual event, the 2012 Roundtable was the first to be held as both a face-to-face meeting and a virtual event.
More than 200 persons joined the sessions from locales across the country to enjoy a variety of presentations on the topic of "Putting Data to Work: Tools and Strategies for Using Community Data." Approximately 40 representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors gathered for a face-to-face meeting hosted by the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat (HPS) at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. A further 150 participated via webinar, calling in from nearly every province and territory.
A story in today's Globe and Mail offers highlights from the 2012 Wealthscapes Report from Environics Analytics. This is the fifth year for Environics' annual report on neighbourhood-level wealth. To view maps of neighbourhood wealth in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary, click here.
CCSD is pleased to be partnering with Environics Analytics for the next cycle of the Program to acquired a license to make use of the Wealthscapes database on behalf of consortium members.
The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will give $50,000 to 5-6 projects for the Social Innovation Partnership Grant in Poverty Alleviation. Read more about how this partnership works here. The deadline for applications is July 24th at noon EST; to download the Expressions of Interest form, click here.
Thanks to Sara Mayo for pointing us to a recent article by University of Ottawa professor Miles Corak (formally of StatsCan) on the cancellation of the longitudinal data series from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, a valuable resource at the larger geographic level.
For those of you who missed the announcement, it can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Canadian Community Economic Development Network Ontario conference featured a presentation on Social Return on Investment (SRoI) from SiMPACT Strategy Group, a Calgary-baed company that has worked with the City of Calgary and as well as a number of non-profits. The purpose of SRoI is to provide a framework for understanding the econmic impact of policies and programs with a social benefit. They have kindly provided a copy of the presentation which can be viewed here.
There is more information on the SROI Canada website www.sroi-canada.ca. Thanks to Stephanie Robertson of SiMPACT for providing the presentation.
Call for Proposals Safe and Inclusive Cities: Research to Reduce Urban Violence, Poverty, and Inequalities
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is launching a call for proposals as part of the Safe and Inclusive Cities research initiative. In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, this jointly-funded initiative aims to build an evidence base on the connections between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. It also seeks to identify the most effective strategies for addressing these challenges.
Grants of up to CA$500,000 will be awarded to carry out cutting-edge research in cities across Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.