enabling through evidence
Enabling social development innovation begins with working through the evidence.
While both quantitative and qualitative forms of information are important considerations in the CCSD approach, enabling work with quantitative data provides the hard evidence supporting future action.
Community Data Program
The Community Data Program (CDP), established by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), facilitates social data access at the smallest geographies possible. To facilitate moving from evidence to action, this gateway provides a low cost, diversity of data, geographically specific for local program and service planning. It also includes a replication of historical income and demographic data. Members of the CDP benefit from training to analyze community data and to use it for better decision making.
The Community Data Program is made up of a national network of more than 20 community data consortia. There is a Community Data Consortium in most big Canadian cities. Overall, the consortia represent more than 475 orgnaizations and 1,500 data users including local police, social planning councils, health and family service agencies, school boards United Ways and other organizations working on the ground for social development.
Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Community Data Program member and the service.
Many public and community sector organisations face challenges in analysing complex data sets to get at the evidence they need to support effective social innovation, program development and evaluation.
The CCSD can support your organisation, through a new service called Community Analytics, drawing on three of the CCSD’s key resources:
- extensive Community Data Program holdings
- a broad network of over 6,000 partners across Canada
- a wealth of experience and expertise in generating, analysing and producing custom data products
Community Analytics offers a range of services under three types of client support: Custom data analysis; Mapping & data visualisation; and Research & evaluation
Learn more about the CCSD’s Community Analytics and how to access the service.
Community Data Canada
Data partnerships are crucial to the success of this program. Community Data Canada (CDC) is a CCSD-led forum for collaboration among Canadian governments & community organizations. Established in 2009 by the CCSD, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Statistics Canada (STC), the CDC enables improved access to community data for decision making. The network includes over 50 federal and provincial government departments and agencies, national not-for-profit organizations and for profit organizations with a demonstrated commitment to advancing the objectives of access to community data.
Community Data Canada hosts an annual (virtual) roundtable, held since 2010. The June 2013 roundtable brought together over 200 participants into an interactive conversation about measuring financial vulnerability in Canadian cities and communities.
Quality of Life Reporting System
In January 2013, the CCSD assumed the management of the municipal Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) Network. Working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to improve the delivery of the QOLRS, the FCM now purchases QOLRS data from the CCSD’s Community Data Program, resulting in improved access to cost-effective data sources.
The QOLRS measures, monitors and reports on social, economic and environmental trends in Canada's 25 largest cities and communities. The QOLRS contains hundreds of variables that measure changes in 10 domains. The reporting system also supports the publication of thematic reports, examining significant local trends.