Amplifying the Developmental Impact of the Ernest C. Manning Youth Innovation Awards: An Evidence-Based Design for the First Canadian Youth Innovator Mentorship Network

By studying the key features of these top achieving youth innovators, we will gather evidence via research to learn more about what drives them, what supports they need and how mentors (anywhere) can be engaged well to support them. The result of the project will be an organization and process design for the development of the first (online) Canadian youth mentorship network aimed at connecting youth to important people, expertise, knowledge and institutions. There is too little research and support for our high-achieving young Canadian innovators.

Meander Belt Delineation Procedure: An evaluation of current practices in Southern Ontario

Meander belt delineation is required as part of planning and development policies and species at risk legislation. The ultimate goal of the delineation procedure is to reduce loss or damage of property, limit development encroachment, and protect natural areas or sensitive habitat along river systems. In partnership with Beacon Environmental Ltd., an environmental consulting company located in Guelph, Ontario, the goal of this research is to evaluate current practices of meander belt delineation in Southern Ontario.

Is no news bad news? An investigation of local news poverty in Canada

Upheavals in the news industry have sparked concerns about the availability of local news, particularly in smaller cities, suburban municipalities and rural areas.

Environmental Monitoring Protocols for Phosphorus Monitoring in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Re

The research project as suggested by Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO designated site) is to assess their current Nutrient Monitoring Protocols, with specific emphasis on Phosphorus Monitoring. Phosphorus plays a crucial role in water quality and ecosystem function, and therefore requires further research into methods of environmental monitoring. The aim is to identify what additional water quality tests would need to be included in protocols to most effectively determine stressors and/or indicators related to elevated total phosphorus concentrations.

Assessing the Marine Environment for Compensation after a Ship-source Oil Spill has Occurred

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) was established in 1971, in order to minimize the externalities of the marine shipping industry. The IOPC Funds provide financial compensation for oil pollution damage that occurs in Member States, resulting from spills of persistent oil from tankers. Since their establishment the Funds have been involved in 149 incidents of varying sizes around the world.

The Evolving Legal Services Research Project, Phase II, Stage 3

How can public legal education and information help Canadians get justice in our legal system? With the demand for publicly-funded or low-cost legal services far exceeding the supply, public legal education and information (PLEI) is filling an increasingly larger role in meeting the legal needs of people with modest means. Yet we know relatively little about how PLEI can help people deal with their legal problems. examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems.

Mapping for Change: A Case Study of Enhancing Informational Exchange and Collaboration Through Geoweb Technology

‘Mapping for Change’ is a case study of best practices in the use of Geoweb as a mechanism for enhancing informational exchange and collaboration between homelessness stakeholders including non-profits/charities serving the homeless.

Developmental Disability, Independent Facilitation, and Citizenship

Increasingly, organizations supporting people with disabilities, like Facilitation Wellington Dufferin (FWD), describe their activities in terms of citizenship goals, e.g., promotion of social inclusion, control over one’s own life, and access to natural supports. Key concepts such as citizenship and inclusion are philosophically disputed, raising a “measurement problem”---what would even count as evidence of success?

Conserving the buzz: An interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approach to pollinator conservation in Ontario, Canada

Southern Ontario is one of the most critical regions in Canada in terms of wildlife-human conflict. It has one of the highest proportions of species at-risk but also dense human population and agricultural productivity. This project proposes to research whether habitat for at-risk pollinators can be adequately incorporated onto private farmland using methods from natural and social sciences. In addition, it seeks to determine whether farmers experience a perceived and/or actual financial benefit from this habitat in the form of increased ecosystem services (e.g.

Construction and validation of the interRAI 0-3

The purpose of this study is the construction of the interRAI 0-3 to: 1) improve identification of developmental, behavioural and emotional problems in young children; 2) enhance evidence-informed care planning; and 3) facilitate access to early intervention and individualized, tailored treatment based on the needs of the child and the family. The expected benefit to the partner organization will include cost reduction through improved triaging and prioritization.

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