building a stronger evidence base
Billions of dollars are invested in our social sector annually, but communities do not have access to the high quality research and data available in the private and public sectors.
Rigorous information on social issues can be challenging to access, not yet written, or available but written to represent one perspective only.CCSD conducts independent research on key social, economic, labour market and demographic issues, as well as provides statistical and analytical research services to our partners and clients. Many of our research reports are available online.
CCSD is committed to producing thoughtful and thought-provoking work on our social challenges of the day. We believe this is the only way to build informed understanding and discussion about these key issues, and social consensus on the ways forward. This information helps form a baseline for moving toward actionable solutions on the ground.
The CCSD research team specializes in social, economic, labour market and demographic issues, and provides statistical and analytical research services to our clients. Many of our Popular Reports and Publications are available online as well as our Policy Initiatives, and a selection of back issues of Perception Magazine.
Coming soon! Strength-in-Numbers is a new series of infographics, fact sheets and social development briefs highlighting community trends across Canada by drawing on the CCSD’s Community Data Program – a unique repository of local data in Canada. You will find here significant socioeconomic trends impacting Canadian communities today – a source of important evidence for sound decision-making and program evaluation.
Given the limited capacity within the community sector to analyze complex data sets, CCSD has developed a new fee-based service called Community Analytics. CCSD Community Analytics offers a range of services, drawing on CCSD's extensive data holdings and expertise in generating, analyzing and producing custom data products through its network of over 6,000 partners across the country.
Social Report Series
The Social Development Report Series is an essential tool that provides an understanding of how geography, history and politics have created various approaches to community building across our country.
CCSD has produced a number popular projects over the past decade, including: