Report

Understanding the Impact of Group Counselling in a Classroom Setting

This project was prepared for, and in partnership with, Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph Wellington's Breaking Free Program. The Breaking Free program is a psycho-educational group program for youth ages 13-18 that have been considered high-risk of using abusive behaviours in relationships.

Author(s): 
Sarah Feige, Melanie Davis
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington

Planning for a Youth Drop-in Centre in Erin, Ontario

East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) collaborated with the Research Shop to better understand the recreational, leisure, and personal development needs and interest of youth in and around the Town of Erin, as well as the barriers to participation. Data was collected through surveys distributed to local youth and parents of youth. The results will help inform EWCS’s decisions regarding the structure, programming, and launch of the new drop-in centre.

Author(s): 
Rachel Singer, Jenaya Nixon, Aarhabi Rajendiran
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
East Wellington Community Services

Visioning an Inclusive Library: Engaging Diverse Voices in Guelph

This project is the second part of a collaboration between the Research Shop and the Canadian Federation of University Women and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. Its primary goal was to build on the findings from the Library for All project, which aimed to engage community members, and women in particular, in the planning process for the new Central Library in Guelph.

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Canadian Federation of University Women
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

International Students Who Seek Permanent Residence Part II

This report represents the results of a mixed-methods study that aimed to learn about the experiences of International Students at the University of Guelph. It is the second part of a series that seeks to highlight strengths and gaps in the supports available to International Students who choose to study in Canada. Both projects were in collaboration with the Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership.

Author(s): 
Kimberley Goh, Syvanne Avitzur, Melanie Davis
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

Better Ballot Campaign Program Evaluation

This report presents the findings of a program evaluation conducted by CESI’s Research Shop in collaboration with the Better Ballot Campaign (BBC). The goal of the BBC is to positively influence the political climate by promoting civil discussion and debates. The program evaluation engaged with candidates, voters and volunteers to assess the successes, challenges and lessons learned to explore potential future directions for the campaign. In addition, a case study examined how the Better Ballot Campaign took shape in Dufferin-Caledon in 2018.

Author(s): 
Jessica Lukawiecki, Kelly Hatt, Claudia Volpe
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Better Ballot Campaign

Out On The Shelf Evaluation Report

This evaluation was prepared for, and in partnership with, Out On The Shelf (OOTS), a queer library and resource centre in Guelph, Ontario. This project aimed to evaluate OOTS programming and processes. Evaluation activities were carried out from October 2019 to February 2020 and consisted of a program participant survey, board member and volunteer focus groups, a graffiti wall, and attendance tracking.

Author(s): 
Alexandria Vincent, Laura Frielingsdorf, Emily De Sousa
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Out on the Shelf

Youth Community Visioning in North and Centre Wellington, ON

The Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington (CRC) collaborated with CESI’s Research Shop to complete a community mapping exercise with students from Central Wellington District High School in Fergus, Ontario. The goal of this exercise was to explore youth’s vision and understand their perspectives regarding their local communities. Students were asked to identify existing local spaces and resources they use and to discuss what would make their communities an ideal place to live.

Author(s): 
Aarabhi Rajendiran, Courtney Primeau, Yuriko Cowper-Smith
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington

Doing Good in Communities [UNIV*1200]

'Doing Good in Communities' is an experiential First Year Seminar course that challenges students to think beyond volunteering and charity as the means to have a positive impact in our communities. Over the course of one semester, interdisciplinary teams of students address specific challenges identified by community-partners using tools and techniques from lean business models and social enterprise startups.

Development Practice [IDEV*3300]

For the duration of the course, students work with one of two community partners to address a problem or issue that the partner organization is facing. Through lectures and guest speakers, students gain the terminology and technical knowledge needed to produce a final report. Students also gain professional experience aggregating their findings and presenting them to an audience in their end-of-term conference.

Evidence-Based Practice and Knowledge Translation [FRAN*6221]

As the central focus of the class, students planned for, developed, and disseminated Knowledge Translation (KT) products to community partners that each student was interested in pursuing. Along with the course instructor, students collectively monitored their progress over the semester and ultimately produced three projects each: an infographic, a taped media interview, and a newspaper/blog posting. Classes were a mix of guest lectures, workshop opportunities, instructor-led discussions and in-class assignments about Evidence-based practice and knowledge translation.