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community analytics

What is it?

Community Analytics is a solution that supports federal and provincial government departments and agencies, national non-profits and membership-based organisations, and international agencies who require assistance in analysing complex data sets to get the evidence they need for sound decision making in their social innovation initiatives.

Today more than ever, effective program development and evaluation need to be supported by research that generates evidence ensuring the best possible use of resources – financial and otherwise.

Community Analytics pools three key resources to offer clients the research and custom products they need: extensive data holding through its Community Data Program, a network of over 6,000 partners across Canada, and research experience and expertise.

What is offered?

To ensure custom and cost-effective service, clients may choose from:

  • Custom community data analysis: for clients interested in acquiring custom data products and data analysis at any geographic scale designed to meet their unique needs and specifications
  • Mapping & data visualisation: for clients interested in creating customized maps, integrating web-based data visualisations, and enabling geo spatial analysis of small area data
  • Research & evaluation: for clients wishing to bring evidence into policy, program or project design and development

What services are available?

  • Custom data analysis and research
  • Data visualization
  • Web-based mapping and community atlases
  • Benchmarking and comparative analysis
  • Neighbourhood profiles and report cards
  • Indicator development and data dashboards
  • Research reports, fact sheets, web briefs, policy analysis, and literature reviews
  • Project development, project management, communications and community engagement

Why choose Community Analytics?

The unique focus – and value – of Community Analytics is accessing and generating a unique diversity of information about Canadian cities and neighbourhoods, towns and villages.

Clients can also order analysis that compares the social and economic trends within their own communities to those of other communities in their town or city – or other communities across the country. In this way, Community Analytics research can offer a comparative perspective that enhances community understanding. The team works closely with the Community Data Program in generating the custom products for Community Analytics clients.


Community Analytics is a fee-for-service program. Research associates include a core team of professionals with specialised expertise in the areas of social and economic research, program and policy development, demographic analysis, geo-spatial analysis and modelling, web-based data visualisation, web development and project management. Contact us to discuss your needs.

What can community data analysis do?

The Community Data Program and the networks own research has demonstrated, over many years, that community data analysis reveals the facts and the story that lead to informed decision making and effective social development undertakings. Community Data has been used in big cities like Toronto to identify and prioritize neighbourhoods requiring enhanced investment, and in rural communities like the District of Nipissing to inform the delivery of social services.

Laying the foundation for the programs Canadians need in their communities is the story told by members of the Community Data Program, through over 30 data consortia and 1,500 partners nation-wide.

Solid social research, for example, told a story that continues to be quoted by researchers and community groups today through CCSD's Urban Poverty Project.

Community Analytics offers clients across Canada the strength of evidence-based decision making.

Any examples of more recent projects?

Here are a few: Project profiles will be added to the site and communicated as they become available.

There are more under development. Project profiles will be added to the site and communicated as they become available.

How do I get more information or get started?

Katherine Scott
Research & Policy
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Michel Frojmovic
Lead - Community Data Program
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