Research, Reviews, & Updates

The ESPC provides research, reviews, and updates on a range of social issues

Research Update April 2017

We do the reading so you don't have to! Inside this update:

A Review of October 2016 Point‐in‐Time Homeless Counts in Alberta (7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness, November 2016), Reviewed by Janine Isaac Another Perspective on Alberta’s 7 Cities Homeless Count, Reviewed by Navroop Tehara

Pilot Lessons: How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario (Evelyn Forget et. al, Mowat Centre, 2016), Reviewed by Maxwell Harrison

Why More Education Will Not Solve Rising Inequality (And May Make it Worse) (Kelly Foley and David Green, June 2015), Reviewed by John Kolkman

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Needs and Gaps in Services of Edmonton's LGBTQ Population: Final Report

Canada’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) population has gained significant legislative protections since the 1970s. However, challenges remain for LGBTQ people in health care, domestic violence supports, housing for seniors and homeless youth, refugee supports, and more.

This research report uses three research questions to analyze the needs, gaps in services, and possible solutions, for Edmonton’s LGBTQ communities. As will be explored in detail in this report, despite progress in legislation, challenges remain for LGBTQ people in attaining adequate and appropriate services. The findings of this report were gathered through a literature review, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions.

Read our report, Needs and Gaps in Services of Edmonton's LGBTQ Population: Final Report to the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), today!

VitalSigns 2016

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how our community is doing with a focus on a specific topic. This year we are looking at Edmonton’s immigrant and refugee population. Community foundations across Canada are reporting on how their communities are doing and how Canada is doing overall.

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Community Mental Health Action Plan 2016

Positive mental health is the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Community Mental Health Action Plan 2016

Research Update September 2016

The Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Research Review contains summaries of the latest social research publications. We keep up on your reading so you don't have to.

Inside this issue:

“A Systematic Review: Effects of Psychosocial Interventions on Outcomes in Refugee Adolescents Resettled in the US, Canada, and the UK” reviewed by Sheida Azimi

“Does the TPP work for workers? Analyzing the labour chapter of the TPP” reviewed by Janine Isaac

“Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health” reviewed by Fatima Khawaja

“Social Impacts of the securitized arrival experiences of in-Canada refugee claimants” reviewed by Noelle Jaipaul

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