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Environics Training on Envision

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 714 974 917
Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to https://environicsanalytics.webex.com/environicsanalytics/j.php?ED=184323727&UID=0&RT=NCMxMQ%3D%3D
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
4. Click "Join".

2012 Community Data Canada Roundtable Roundup

On June 20th, community data users and providers from across Canada came together for the third annual Community Data Canada Roundtable. A free, fully-bilingual event, the 2012 Roundtable was the first to be held as both a face-to-face meeting and a virtual event.
More than 200 persons joined the sessions from locales across the country to enjoy a variety of presentations on the topic of "Putting Data to Work: Tools and Strategies for Using Community Data." Approximately 40 representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors gathered for a face-to-face meeting hosted by the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat (HPS) at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. A further 150 participated via webinar, calling in from nearly every province and territory.

Wealthscapes 2012 Report: Environics Maps Canada's Five Wealthiest Neighbourhoods

A story in today's Globe and Mail offers highlights from the 2012 Wealthscapes Report from Environics Analytics. This is the fifth year for Environics' annual report on neighbourhood-level wealth. To view maps of neighbourhood wealth in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary, click here.
CCSD is pleased to be partnering with Environics Analytics for the next cycle of the Program to acquired a license to make use of the Wealthscapes database on behalf of consortium members.

Social Return on Investment: A Primer Presentation

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network Ontario conference featured a presentation on Social Return on Investment (SRoI) from SiMPACT Strategy Group, a Calgary-baed company that has worked with the City of Calgary and as well as a number of non-profits. The purpose of SRoI is to provide a framework for understanding the econmic impact of policies and programs with a social benefit. They have kindly provided a copy of the presentation which can be viewed here.
There is more information on the SROI Canada website www.sroi-canada.ca. Thanks to Stephanie Robertson of SiMPACT for providing the presentation.

Call for Proposals Safe and Inclusive Cities: Research to Reduce Urban Violence, Poverty, and Inequality

Call for Proposals
Safe and Inclusive Cities: Research to Reduce Urban Violence, Poverty, and Inequalities
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is launching a call for proposals as part of the Safe and Inclusive Cities research initiative. In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, this jointly-funded initiative aims to build an evidence base on the connections between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. It also seeks to identify the most effective strategies for addressing these challenges.
Grants of up to CA$500,000 will be awarded to carry out cutting-edge research in cities across Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.
For more information, please visit www.idrc.ca/cities or email us at cities@idrc.ca.
Deadline for applications: August 26, 2012
Chers/chères collègues,

Annual Report Working Group Meeting

1. Introductions
2. Discuss the purpose and possibilities for an annual report that makes use of our community data at the neighbourhood level
3. Discuss resources available
4. Discuss timelines
5. Next steps...

Steering Committee Meeting

Steering Committee Meeting
 1-877-727-8553 code: 108111962
January 17, 2012
Proposed Agenda
1.      SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION: welcome to new representative of the CCSD Board
2.      Confirm Actions Arising from previous call
a.      Update on Membership Information Package, including Community Data Catalogue
b.      Update on outreach activities
c.      Update on Program Budget
d.      Update on CCSD Audited Financial Statements
3.      Review 2012-2017 Program Budget Information (Attached)
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4.      Identify any further actions to take in preparing for the new Program
5.      Prepare for Leads Teleconference of January 19, 2012

How does your neighbourhood rank? New site lets you compare

Toronto will soon launch a unique website that could change how residents decide where to live, how charities decide where to operate, and how politicians decide where to spend taxpayers’ money.

The Wellbeing Toronto website, likely to go online this week, will provide easy access to a treasure trove of neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood data that is currently inaccessible or accessible only with difficulty. It will include an unprecedented gizmo that allows users to rank the city’s 140 official neighbourhoods by dozens of criteria related to crime, safety, the economy, health, education, housing, the environment, demographics and civic participation.

Harvey Low: Using 211 Data Place Based Human Services

Kudos to Toronto Consortia Lead Harvey Low for his paper in Policy Horizon Canada:

Canada 211: Leveraging Place-Based Human Services Data for Community Research and Needs Assessment

Research and needs assessment are ways for social policy decision makers to better understand the people and the social supports they require. Such tools provide for informed decision making that, when put to proper practice, will result in better client outcomes. Good research strengthens service responsiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency by providing a more thorough understanding of client characteristics, needs, and preferences. It enhances the development of the most relevant alternatives and provides a factual base from which to defend or justify the soundness of actions. Good research however, requires good data. We can enhance our understanding of data by borrowing from economic theory and define information from supply and demandperspectives.