community snapshots

How Community Data Program (CDP) members use the data

CCSD’s Community Data Program helps community groups and municipalities access small-area socioeconomic data to get the evidence for sound social development program decisions.

Our members have access to unique and customized data sets to get the evidence they need for sound decisions about social development programming. This collection of data products, valued at over $1 million, is the only one of its kind in Canada and available to members at low cost.

Members get support through training, analytical tools, networking and more to help them get the most from their data access.

How do members use the data? The new Community Snapshots series answers that question by highlighting our members’ work with specific reference to the CDP data used. Check back often to see the growing list of examples:

For more information about the Community Data Program, contact:

Michel Frojmovic

Lead - CCSD Community Data Program

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www.communitydata.ca
Direct: 613.728.0335

Main 613.236.8977 Ext. 23

Toll free: 888.717.2919

The Halton Newcomer Strategy: Community Indicator Report

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Photo credit: Halton Regional Municipality

The project was undertaken by extensive community consultations, Halton Newcomer Strategy Steering Committee and Working group members as well as a research student from Humber College.

Organizations

Halton Newcomer Strategy (including Halton Regional Municipality, Community Development Halton, and Halton Regional Police Services)

Community data used

Summary

The 2013 Community Indicators Report was an important step in the work of the Halton Newcomer Strategy (HNS) to create welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities where newcomers can participate and prosper. The Report supports the work plans of the HNS Steering Committee and Working Groups by providing baselines to improve our understanding of the current experience of newcomers in Halton, and to inform our progress in creating and maintaining the conditions of a welcoming community.

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Ontario Works Service Plan 2013-2014

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Photo credit: District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB)

Michelle Glabb and David Plumstead worked together on the Ontario Works Service Plan for DNSSAB.

Michelle Glabb is currently the Manager of Social Services with the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board. Michelle has dedicated most of her career focusing on poverty related issues and remains committed to her advocacy work around destigmatizing social assistance programming in Ontario.

Dave Plumstead is a Research Analyst with the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB). Dave carries out research and analysis in support of policy, planning, advocacy, and service delivery, and has conducted studies in the areas of early learning and childcare, housing, social assistance, employment, and general demographics and socioeconomics.

Organizations

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Community data used

Summary

The 2013 Ontario Works Service Plan builds on priorities established in the previous service planning cycle and demonstrates the key strategies being utilized by the service provider to support the Program’s vision and mandate. It further provides an overview of the environmental context in which Ontario Works is delivered, as awareness of the existing political, social and economic conditions are key to program planning and analysis.

Service Providers through the Service Plan are also required to illustrate how current service delivery strategies are aligned with the achievement of the performance targets set through this Plan. The Service Plan further provides service providers with the opportunity to highlight achievements and best practices, set new goals, analyze resources and identify gaps in service.

The Plan also provides an opportunity for service providers to communicate the role that stakeholder linkages and community partnerships play in the delivery of social assistance.

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The Global City: Newcomer Health in Toronto 2011

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Photo credit: City of Toronto Public Health

The project coordinators and report authors: Erika Khandor, MHSc, Epidemiologist, Toronto Public Health; and Andrew Koch, MHSc, former Planning and Evaluation Coordinator at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Currently Andrew works as a Health Planner at Unison Health & Community Services.

Project advisors: Liz Corson, Epidemiologist, Toronto Public Health; Peter Dorfman, former Manager – Newcomer Initiative; and Paul Fleiszer, Manager Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit, Toronto Public Health

Organizations

Halton Newcomer Strategy (including Halton Regional Municipality, Community Development Halton, and Halton Regional Police Services)

Community data used

Summary

This report describes the health advantage that most newcomers bring to Toronto, the decline in their health over time and the need to strengthen our efforts to support newcomers, especially those whose health risks are compounded by their income level, gender, immigration status, ethno-racial background, sexual orientation or other factors. This report results from a partnership between Toronto Public Health and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. It is the first comprehensive report on the health of newcomers in Toronto.

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Census and NHS Bulletins

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Photo credit: Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Auburn Larose is a Health Promotion Specialist with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. She is the Community Data Program lead for WDG and is an avid infographic designer.

Organizations

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Summary

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Census and NHS Bulletins present data in a visual and easily accessible manor. Key indicators from each Census and NHS topic area are summarized in two-page documents to give readers a quick snapshot of our local community

View Reports: Ethnicity & Religion, Languages, Marriage & Families, Housing & Shelter, Citizenship & Immigration, Income & Earnings, Education & Employment

The Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto

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Photo credit: City of Toronto

Michael Polanyi and Said Dirie are Community Workers with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Lesley Johnston is a former Researcher at Social Planning Toronto, and a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. Anita Khanna is the Coordinator of Ontario Campaign 2000. Michael Kerr is Coordinator of Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change. Michael Polanyi, Said Dirie and Michael Kerr sit on the steering committee of the Alliance for a Poverty-free Ontario.

Organizations

Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change, Family Service Toronto (Ontario Campaign 2000), and Social Planning Toronto (with the support of the City of Toronto)

Community data used

Summary

Members of partner organizations researched and wrote a report outlining prevalence of children living in low-income families in Toronto, an analysis of characteristics of children disproportionately at living on low-incomes, and a discussion of factors influencing family poverty, and recommendations for municipal action to reduce the prevalence of low-income children. Preliminary results were released on August 28, 2014 at public event with Toronto mayoral candidates. The final report was released November 14, 2014.

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Regional profiles of key social and demographic indicators

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Scott Graham is the Manager of Research and Consulting and Associate Executive Director for SPARC BC. Jason Copas, a Senior Researcher with SPARC BC, brings significant experience in the design and implementation of community-based research and has worked on a number of research projects and initiatives designed to respond to the specific needs in the community. Natalie Sorenson is a Graphic Designer, Artist, and Educator who works with non-profit organizations in BC.

Organizations

Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC)

Community data used

Summary

SPARC BC works with people and communities across BC to help build a just and healthy society for all. These regional profiles and our participation in the community data program has helped to play an important role in helping us to work with key community partners and stakeholders in addressing existing and emerging needs across communities and in working to advance our mission.

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Region of Peel Ward Profiles

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Photo credit: Region of Peel

Veronique Dryden, Andrea Dort and Kevin Farrugia work in the Peel Data Centre at the Region of Peel. The Peel Data Centre is an online resource for community organizations, governments, citizens and businesses to access a wide range of data for the Region of Peel. For more information visit www.peeldatacentre.ca.

Organizations

Peel Data Centre (Region of Peel)

Community data used

Summary

The Region of Peel Ward Profiles use custom geography Census and National Household Survey data acquired by the Community Data Program to visually display data that can be compared dynamically. The focus is on data visualizations that offer comparisons of multiple geographies at a single time.

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Low Income Trends in York Region – 2000 to 2011: Information from Statistics Canada Small Area and Administrative Data August 2014

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Tim Frakes is a Senior Policy Analyst and Valentyn Kliuchnyk is a Data Analysis Coordinator at The Regional Municipality of York. Both work in the Community and Health Services department with responsibilities in social policy and community data analysis.

Organizations

The Regional Municipality of York

Community data used

Summary

he document highlights low income trends in York Region using tax filer data in support of Regional and community service planning and strategic policy. The document also provides a short “primer” on tax filer data and how it is a useful replacement to the Census/National Household Survey in providing more timely and consistent trend analysis.

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Simcoe County Census and NHS bulletins

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This series of infographics was completed by researchers and interns at Children and Community Services in the County of Simcoe.

Community data used

Summary

The County of Simcoe used 2011 Census and National Household Survey data profiles to create topic-based bulletins to show a snapshot of the diverse community within the county. These were presented in an infographic style to show a more visual representation of the data available for the community.

Visit the Children and Community Services website for more information.

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