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Toronto will soon launch a unique website that could change how residents decide where to live, how charities decide where to operate, and how politicians decide where to spend taxpayers’ money.
The Wellbeing Toronto website, likely to go online this week, will provide easy access to a treasure trove of neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood data that is currently inaccessible or accessible only with difficulty. It will include an unprecedented gizmo that allows users to rank the city’s 140 official neighbourhoods by dozens of criteria related to crime, safety, the economy, health, education, housing, the environment, demographics and civic participation.
Kudos to Toronto Consortia Lead Harvey Low for his paper in Policy Horizon Canada:
Research and needs assessment are ways for social policy decision makers to better understand the people and the social supports they require. Such tools provide for informed decision making that, when put to proper practice, will result in better client outcomes. Good research strengthens service responsiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency by providing a more thorough understanding of client characteristics, needs, and preferences. It enhances the development of the most relevant alternatives and provides a factual base from which to defend or justify the soundness of actions. Good research however, requires good data. We can enhance our understanding of data by borrowing from economic theory and define information from supply and demandperspectives.
Great Presentation about the changing nature of health surveillance in Canada. I quite like the deer and headlights representations!
At the beginning of June, Statistics Canada requested the participation of the Canadian Council on Social Development in its 2016 Census Strategy Project to better understand the highest priority census information needs and to effectively address how different approaches for population censuses can respond to user information requirements.
CCSD's participation involved completing an online questionnaire designed to collect specific details on key legislative, regulatory, policy, program, and other requirements for census and NHS data. The attached PDF document contains the CCSD's responses entered for the questionnaire.
Further commentary on the project is available in the email from Michel (email@example.com) to Consortium Leads sent June 7, 2011 (text below) and was sent on June 15, 2011:
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