Population Change and Lifecourse


2013 Projects

Do You See What I See? - March 2014

A Photovoice Community-based Participatory Research with Visible Minority Immigrant/Refugee Women in Grand Erie

Photovoice Gallery exhibits will be held in Brantford-Brant and Haldimand-Norfolk in March 2014. The exhibits aim at translating evidence based research project into a format (visual photographs) that is easily accessible to the local service providers including social workers, health care workers, employers and policy makers. These exhibits will display participant-generated photographs with captions and short narratives in local art galleries. The purpose of the exhibit is to bring to light community issues, and to reach employers, policy makers and local service providers, thus, helping create social change. In addition, a community report will be provided at the Photovoice exhibit. The sharing of research findings through powerful visual images and community report is expected to assist in fostering economic and social integration among visible minority immigrant/refugee women. The local media (newspaper, TV and radio station) will be invited to help disseminate the research findings and policy implications.

Team Leader: Bharati Sethi, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Cluster support for the project: $3,500

2014 Collaborative Graduate Student Conference on Migration and Settlement

In collaboration with Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and the Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS), the Migration and Ethnic Relations Graduate Collaborative Program at Western University will hold a one-day graduate student symposium on migration and settlement in April 2014. The goals of this conference are twofold: first, to allow students to develop presentation skills and network with each other about upcoming research in migration and settlement studies in Canada and internationally; and second, to allow researchers to network inter-institutionally as well as with local community partners. Graduate students will present papers pertaining to migration, ethnic relations, integration, and diaspora studies, which will touch upon population change or life course studies in Canada and other countries. The papers will potentially have policy implications for Canada at a local, provincial, national, and international scale. The audience will be comprised of graduate students, faculty, and local community representatives, providing an opportunity for exchange of valuable insights to the graduate students in the theoretical, empirical, and groundwork expertise, along with presentation skills.

Team: Mabel Ho, Guliz Akkaymak, and Nassisse Solomon , Western University; Jesse Root, Alison Stanley, and Nagina Shahsamand, Ryerson University
Cluster support for the project: $4165

2014 Graduate Research Development Conference at CPS Annual Meeting

This knowledge mobilization project is a one-day student conference to be held immediately prior to the Canadian Population Society (CPS) Annual Meeting at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in St Catherines, Ontario, in May 2014. We will solicit papers from approximately 10 graduate students concerning aspects of population change or life course, either contemporary or historical. We will match these students with one or two CPS members who specialize in the subject matter of the paper. There will be two sessions and in each session, four to five students will present their papers for ten to twenty minutes each. After each presentation, the expert will give commentary, including the strengths of the presentation and areas in which the student can improve. These sessions are meant to give students experience with conference presentation as well as help on how to improve their effectiveness. After the students’ presentations, there will be a knowledge mobilization training session with focus on the public presentation of the academic self, possibly on writing professional blogs

Brock University, May 24-30, 2014
Team: Stacey Hallman and Laura Wright, Western University; and Maxwell Hartt, University of Waterloo
Cluster support for the project: $11,920

Project Completion Report

A Synthesis of Evidence-Based Knowledge on Caregiver Assessment

The Project aims to synthesize data collected from several projects conducted which employed The C.A.R.E Tool and develop a policy brief and media release that will provide accessible and effective evidence to advance policy that supports the practice of caregiver assessment for decision makers. The Tool, a validated psychosocial assessment tool, has been used by a variety of health care professionals and with different caregiver populations. Those involved in the studies and practice settings trained to use the Tool appreciate the importance of this practice for both the health care practitioner and the caregiver. Moreover, a 2012 report by the Health Council of Canada titled “Seniors in Need, Caregivers in Distress: What are the Home Care Priorities for Seniors in Canada?” identified The C.A.R.E Tool as a promising and appropriate tool to assess the caregivers of those receiving home care services. This synthesis project will produce an evidence-based argument in support of the use of a comprehensive psycho-social caregiver assessment as best practice that can be communicated to government decision-makers, sector stakeholders and healthcare professionals.

Team: Janice Keefe, Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging and Professor of Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nancy Guberman, Scientific Director of University Affiliated Research Centre on Social Gerontology at the Cavendish Health and Social Service Centre, and Pamela Fancey, Associate Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University
Cluster support for the project: $14,775

Policy Brief #19: Caregiver Assessment: An Essential Component of Continuing Care Policy

Income inequality and health disparity in Canada: A policy perspective

The proposed synthesis paper will be based on selected published works on income inequality and health status in Canada, and will include comparative studies conducted in four OECD countries that share strong historical and socio-cultural similarities to Canada: USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. These countries are similar in that they are Liberal Welfare Regimes with relatively high standards of living, as measured by such indicators as GDP, and are also ethnically diverse populations sharing a history of immigration. The selection of the published works will be based on a number of inclusion criteria on types of study, participants, and outcome measures. An electronic search of articles in a number of databases, with focus on key journals, will be conducted. The synthesis paper will outline policy recommendations to address the dual interrelated problem of income inequality and health disparities in Canada. To disseminate the findings widely, a research brief and a journal article will be prepared based on the synthesis paper.

Team: Frank Trovato, Professor, and Md Kamrul Islam, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alberta
Cluster support for the project: $10,000
Note:This project was withdrawn by the proponents.

Statistical Methods and Official Statistics - Colloquium at 81st annual ACFAS Conference

“Statistical Methods and Official Statistics: Key Elements for research and governance,” a colloquium organized during the 81st annual conference of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)

For years, the evolution of sources and information storage technologies and the democratization of data around the world have driven an exponential increase in the volume of data useful for research and decision making. Québec has not escaped this movement, which concerns all scientific disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This “data deluge,” to use the expression of the magazine The Economist, gives rise to numerous debates touching on several issues. The two-day colloquium, proposed jointly by the Québec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) and the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ) and which has been accepted by the ACFAS, will tackle these issues from two different but overlapping points of view: the key role of the development of statistical methods in data analysis and the evolution of the production of official statistics by government statistical agencies and the challenges posed by that evolution.

  • On day one, we will highlight the International Year of Statistics by discussing the key role of the development of statistical methods in data-driven research, an emerging multi-sector practice.
  • On the second day, the QICSS and the ISQ will highlight the century of official statistics production in Québec, concerning themselves with the evolution of the type of statistics produced by national statistical institutions and government ministries and institutes, and with the challenges posed by them.
  • To wind up the colloquium, a roundtable discussion will focus on the contribution of statistics to research and government.

Team: Danielle Gauvreau, director of the QICSS; Jean Poirier, deputy director of the QICSS; Sylvain Végiard, head of methodology and quality assurance at the ISQ; Denis Gonthier, regional manager of the Research Data Centres of Statistics Canada; and Ghyslaine Neill, director of the Health Statistics Directorate of the ISQ.
Cluster support for the project : $5,010

2013 PCLC Combined Conference, Business Meeting and Training Event

The 2013 event was held on March 27-28, 2013 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. It was organized around a meeting of the Leadership Group. As seen in the program, the first day consists of a conference on “Income, health, and social programs in an aging population”. In the morning of the second day, there are sessions on “Data and Collaboration,” a Consultation on LifePaths, Updates and Consultation involving the Executive Committee and Thematic Committee leaders, finishing with a Knowledge Mobilization Training.