Research, Reviews, & Updates

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

July 2015 Research Review - Issues in Canadian Public Policy No. 2 (Education)

About This Issue:

In 1990, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization made a World Declaration recognizing the importance of Education for All in “providing humanity with the capacity to control its own development”. A significant prerequisite for accessible education is the participation of all stakeholders in the “educational process with a policy based on alliance and partnership”, states the UN. The reports featured in this month’s Research Review shed light on some of the educational barriers faced by Canadian students.

Click to download:  July 2015 Research Review - Issues in Canadian Public Policy No. 2 (Education)

May 2015 Research Review - Issues in Canadian Public Policy No. 1 (Health)

The May edition of the ESPC's Research Update newsletter is available for download. This newsletter contains summaries of the latest social research publications from Alberta and other parts of Canada. This issue contains articles related to the connection between health and vulnerable populations in Canada.

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Edmonton Vital Signs 2013

Vital Signs : a report on food security in Edmonton

Written by Edmonton Community Foundation and Edmonton Social Planning Council. 2013

Every year, community foundations across Canada release their annual Vital Signs report. These reports are designed to give readers an understanding of the overall well-being of the community they are focusing on.This year, the Edmonton Community Foundation collaborated with the Edmonton Social Planning Council to produce Edmonton's first Vital Signs report. The focus of this year's Vital Signs reports was food security.

Edmonton Vital Signs 2013 contains data and information about projects and initiatives on food security in Edmonton, as well as a demographic profile of Edmonton. The report uses creative visuals to present data in an accessible way.

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Research Update- January 2014

The January edition of the ESPC's Research Update newsletter is available for download. This newsletter contains summaries of the latest social research publications from Alberta and other parts of Canada.

This issue contains a review of the following social research report: Making Ends Meet. Published by Citizens for Public Justice. 2013. 

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Alberta Provincial Shelter Data 2012-13

Alberta Provincial Shelter Data 2012-13. Written by Alberta Council of Women's Shelters. 2013.

The Alberta Provincial Shelter Data report for 2012-13 consists of data on women, men and children who visited emergency shelters between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Forty-two organizations within the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters provided data for this report. Of these, thirty-five were emergency shelters, ten were second-stage shelters, and two were seniors' shelters.

This report provides detailed information on the people served by and people turned away from shelters across Alberta. From April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 a total of 5,642 women, 4 men, and 5,480 children were admitted to emergency shelters. Second-stage shelters admitted 239 women and 367 children. Seniors' shelters, which serve women and men, admitted 65 women and 16 men. The primary cause for admittance into all three types of shelters is safety from abuse.

Read more: Alberta Provincial Shelter Data 2012-13