Report

Perinatal Mental Health Project: Screening Prevalence in the Waterloo Region

The Research Shop at the University of Guelph and members of the Perinatal Mental Health Coalition of the Waterloo Region collaborated to better understand the use of perinatal mental health screening tools for pregnant, expecting, and new parents/guardians in the Waterloo region. The Perinatal Mental Health Coalition helps new and expecting parents within the Waterloo region receive the mental health supports that they need, throughout all stages of pregnancy and post-partum life.

Author(s): 
Julia Linares-Roake, Jamie Armstrong, Karen Nelson, Elizabeth Jackson
Product(s): 
Report
Project Partner(s): 
Perinatal Mental Health Coalition of the Waterloo Region

Supporting Youth Transitions: Are We Listening? Transition Aged Youth Study, Phase Two

Since 2018, Community Living Organizations across Southwestern Ontario, as well as colleagues from Sunbeam Community and Developmental Services, have partnered with the Research Shop, part of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) at the University of Guelph for a multi-year research project.

Author(s): 
Julia Linares-Roake, Justina Walker Mohamed, Karen Nelson, Elizabeth Jackson, Jessica Furtado, Jessica Lukawiecki, Jamie Armston
Product(s): 
Report
Summary Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Community Living Stratford and Area
Community Living Guelph and Wellington
Community Living Cambridge
Community Living Owen Sound and District

Wyndham House Concurrent Specialized Youth Hub: Program Evaluation

In December 2022, Wyndham House partnered with the Research Shop at the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute to conduct a program evaluation of their concurrent specialized youth hub (the Hub). The Hub offers low-barrier, complex-capable care for homeless youth under the age of 25 navigating mental health challenges and substance use issues. This evaluation study examined the impact of the Hub in accordance with guidelines set by current and future funders and collected feedback from clients, staff, and key stakeholders to inform services and programs moving forward.

Author(s): 
annais linares, Erica Johnston, Ashley Cole, Kendra Schnarr
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop

Policy Matters

Between 2021-23, student researchers, Tanja Samardzic and Britanny Pompilii, from the University of Guelph’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, were engaged to work with Sustainable Livelihoods Canada in the development of an Annotated Bibliography and an associated Literature Review. The work of the student researchers was supervised by Dr. Mary Ferguson of Eko Nomos, an independent consultancy.

Author(s): 
Tanja Samardzic & Brittany Pompilii
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Project Partner(s): 
Sustainable Livelihoods Canada

Understanding the Impacts of Compass Community Services' TeleConnect Program

Compass Community Services (CCS) provides a range of mental health and social support services to the Guelph–Wellington community and the surrounding area. One unique, free service offered by CCS is the TeleConnect program, an outbound call service providing emotional support, socialization, wellness checks, medication reminders, motivation, and assistance with accessing resources to isolated community members on a daily basis. Most referrals for TeleConnect come from health care providers who are unable to provide the level of support required by clients.

Author(s): 
Justina Walker, Meghan Wrathall, Aiza Khan
Product(s): 
Report
Summary Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Compass Community Services

The City of Guelph's Advisory Committees of Council

The Guelph Lab has partnered extensively with the City of Guelph on research projects related to the City’s Advisory Committees of Council (ACOC). This report is a summary of key points and questions that emerged through a systematic review – conducted in 2021 – of (a) ACOC’s Terms of Reference, (b) the City of Guelph’s Public Appointment Policy, (c) the City of Guelph’s Procedural By-Law, and (d) any other relevant frameworks, policies and documents that may influence the systemic and structural inclusivity of the City’s committees.

Author(s): 
Amanda Buchnea, Sam Laban
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Access to Public Washrooms in Guelph Project: Maps Report

Public washrooms are important for everyone in Guelph, but washrooms aren’t always available and not everyone has access to washrooms when they need them. Sometimes people are forced to go outside, especially in the Downtown area. Other people may be forced to stay at home if public washrooms are closed or not accessible to them.

Author(s): 
Edith Wilson, Adam Bonnycastle, Sam Laban, Stacey Laughlin
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab

We Learn Best From Those With Lived Experience: A Phenomenological Study of Postsecondary Student Food Insecurity

This Master's thesis (supported by Dr. Liz Jackson and the Guelph Lab) explores and illuminates the phenomenon of postsecondary student food insecurity using qualitative methodologies. It uses a phenomenological framework to better understand what constitutes the lived experience of students with food insecurity; the researcher conducted 11 semi-structured interviews with students, all but one from the University of Guelph, who were recruited primarily through the campus food bank.

Author(s): 
Vanessa Cunningham
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Guelph Lab

Community FEWD Program: One Year Evaluation

This report was prepared for, and in partnership with Community FEWD. The aim of this research was to 1.) collect demographics of community members utilizing this program to help inform potential funding partners; and 2.) follow up from the 2022 survey on program feedback from community members to help inform program development.

Read the report: Community FEWD Program: One Year Evaulation

Author(s): 
Ashley Cole
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Community Food Equity With Dignity (FEWD)

Mime over Mind: Perceived Impacts of a Five Week Workshop Series

This report was prepared for, and in partnership with, Barbara Salsberg Mathews, a former professional mime artist, and a person with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Barbara has developed a program, Mime Over Mind: Retrain the Brain, which teaches the principles and concepts of mime to help improve the quality of life of participants. This project aimed to explore the personal impacts that participants and support personnel experienced during the Mime Over Mind Workshop series.

Author(s): 
Meghan Wrathall, Karen Nelson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Mime Over Mind: Retrain The Brain