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Projects from 2017

Exploring Municipal Innovation for the 2017 Municipal Innovators Community (MiC) Conference

Community-Based Research

This report presents findings from a literature review of programs in North America that provide fresh produce in convenience stores. More specifically, this review sought to identify programs that utilized convenience stores as a channel through which to provide fresh produce and healthier food options at more accessible and affordable prices in lower-income neighbourhoods that were situated within food deserts. The main goal of this report was to contribute to the development and expansion of food access programming led by The SEED, a community food project based out of Guelph, Ontario.

 

Access the Fresh Convenience Stores: Making Produce Affordable and Accessible report on the Atrium. 


Exploring Municipal Innovation for the 2017 Municipal Innovators Community (MiC) Conference

Community-Based Research

The MiC conference organizers and the Guelph Lab partnered with the Research Shop to prepare materials for the conference that would be used to enable attendees to see themselves as “innovators,” and encourage discussion among attendees surrounding their respective experiences with and perspectives on innovation. The community partners identified a need for conference attendees from diverse professional backgrounds to be able to identify different kinds of innovation in order to recognize their work as innovative. 

Access the Exploring Municipal Innovation report on the Atrium. 


Mobile Food Market Needs Assessment

Community-Based Research

This report was developed for the Guelph Community Health Centre. The needs assessment looks at addressing food insecurity in the Grange Hill East neighbourhood of Guelph through a mobile food market. There is evidence that mobile food markets have been successful in increasing food access, particlarly fruit and vegetable intake. Most participants of this community-based research project indicated at least some interest in attending a mobile food market. There were clear findings with respect to participants' preferences for the form and function of the mobile food market. 

Access the Mobile Food Market Needs Assessment on the Atrium. 


Adult Criminal Justice in Canada

Infographic

This infographic was developed for Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. It represents the typical journey of an adult offender when going through the Canadian criminal justice system. It then compares this journey to the process followed when guiding an adult offender through restorative justice, and compares costs and outcomes of each process. It concludes that restorative justice is more than six times more cost-effective than traditional criminal justice.

Access the Adult Criminal Justice infographic and accompanying accessible description of the Infographic on the Atrium. 


Affordable Housing for Older Adults

Facts Sheets

These fact sheets were created to support the City of Guelph Older Adult Strategy. They consolidate key points from existing literature around affordable housing in Guelph as well as alternative housing options. They are intended as positioning documents to encourage the City of Guelph to further investigate age-friendly alternatives.

Access the three Affordable Housing for Older Adults fact sheets and a project summary on the Atrium. 


Assessing Corporate Energy Communities of Practice in Ontario

Community-Based Research

This research was conducted to assess the value and overall effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Energy Managers Community of Practicem, founded by the City of Guelph. The report summarizes the results of surveys and interviews conducted with members of this community of practice in order to better understand ways in which this group could be improved and expanded in the future.

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Toward Common Ground: Metadata Document

Project Summary

This summary provides an overview of a project conducted for the Toward Common Ground collaboration as part of a broader effort to identify indicators and measures of wellbeing for individuals in Guelph and Wellington. The Research Shop researched key indicators of wellbeing and compiled the results in a single document serving as a comprehensive source of data on measures of wellbeing in our community.

Access the Metadata project summary on the Atrium. For more information or to access the full metadata document, please contact the Research Shop.


Women and Politics: Overcoming Barriers to Participation in Leadership

Community-Based Research

This project was conducted in partnership with the Guelph Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. It was conducted to inform the Federation's programs to support women in Guelph-Wellington in seeking public leadership roles and running for political office. The report builds on a literature review produced through the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. It shares findings from 16 interviews and 3 focus groups looking at obstacles and motivations for the participation of women in politics, as well as possible solutions and supports.

Access the Women and Politics report on the Atrium.


Needs Assessment of the Rural Seniors Population of East Wellington

Community-Based Research

This report presents the results from a needs assessment conducted in partnership with the East Wellington Community Services and the Rural Seniors Advisory Group. The main objective of the project was to understand the needs of older adults (50+) in East Wellington in order to inform future service improvements and allocation of funds received by the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat in the region. A survey was conducted to assess respondents' participation in activities such as social activities, volunteering, health and wellness, support groups and educational activities.

Access the Needs Assessment report on the Atrium.


Mobilizing Knowledge from the 2016 Guelph-Wellington Immigrant Survey

Fact Sheets

These three highlight sheets were created in order to help the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership mobilize the findings and recommendations from its 2016 Immigrant survey report. They present key data on immigrants' 1) basic needs and belonging, 2) employment, education and training, and 3) access to services. The Local Immigration Partnership is using these visual summaries both as hand-outs and large scale posters in order to share highlights from the report with a variety of stakeholders.

Access the Project Summary and the three highlight sheets on the Atrium.


Youth Criminal Justice in Canada

Infographic

This infographic was developed for Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. It represents the typical journey of a youth offender (aged 12-17) when going through the Canadian criminal justice system. It then compares this journey to the process followed when guiding youth offender through restorative justice, and compares costs and outcomes of each process. It concludes that restorative justice is more than six times more cost-effective than traditional criminal justice.

Access the Youth Criminal Justice infographic and an accompanying accessible description of the Infographic on the Atrium. 


Behaviour Change and Diffusion of Innovation

Scan of Community Initiatives

This report was completed for Farm and Food Care Canada. It analyses six case studies from various initiatives in order to better understand what facilitates the diffusion of innovation and pro-environmental behaviours. Doing so, this report also identifies predictors of behaviour change and popular theories of behaviour change, and discusses general trends and potential obstacles for organizations trying to promote environmentally friendly behaviour.

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