Publications

- Community Partner Reports

  • Hamilton For All Factsheets

    Published: December 2017

    The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion launched a new public education campaign, #HamiltonForAll, that aims to stimulate dialogue and open minds by encouraging Hamiltonians to stand up against prejudice, exclusion and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, country of origin, disability, sexual orientation or other differences.

    The SPRC published this series of Hamilton For All Factsheets to improve understanding of Hamilton’s changing racialized, immigrant and linguistic communities and better support community dialogue around deconstructing misconceptions so that everyone in Hamilton feels welcome in our city.

    Factsheet 1: Visible Minorities

    Factsheet 2: Immigrants’ Languages and Places of Birth

    Factsheet 3: Languages Spoken at Home

    Funded by: United Way Halton & Hamilton, City of Hamilton Enrichment Fund

  • Neighbour to Neighbour’s Hamilton Community Food Centre Community Garden in Captain Cornelius Park Community Consultation Report

    Published: August 2017

    The Hamilton Community Food Centre (HCFC), a project of Neighbour to Neighbour, has secured funding for a community garden in Captain Cornelius Park, both of which are located in the neighbourhood of Rolston. A community garden had been identified as a need and desire by Rolston community members during community consultations that took place in 2016. HCFC engaged the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) to facilitate five community consultations prior to the construction of the garden scheduled for October of 2017. The consultations gathered input from participants at Hamilton Community Food Centre programs in order to identify deliverables and design details of a garden that will respond to community needs. Consultations were completed by August 24, 2017. Approximately 85 community members of all ages offered their input during these consultations. Respondents were generally looking forward to enjoying the garden, volunteering, having their children learn about gardening, and having a new opportunity to meet other community members.

  • Dundas Asset Mapping: Community Profile and Community Services and Programming for Older Adults and Youth

    Published: May 2017

    This report was commissioned by the Hamilton Family Health team as part of their efforts to better understand one of the communities they serve and to help inform potential projects that will better integrate community services and primary health care with the goal of improving population health, specifically for youth and older adults in Dundas.

    Funded by: The Hamilton Family Health Team

  • Give Us A Chance to Succeed: Voices from the Margins – The report of the April 2016 Hamilton Social Audit

    Published: February 2017

    In April 2016, the SPRC supported Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination and Hamilton Faith Communities in Action to organize a Social Audit, a process of examining the social assistance system through the stories of people who are experiencing it. The social audit involved a panel of Hamilton influencers from faith, education, health, media, and politics  listening to the stories of 29 people, one at a time over three days. That experience has changed the way they think about poverty responses and how they can use their influence to help the community and the government think differently. This report includes a clearly written and poignant summary of those stories, some reflections from the auditors, and recommendations to all levels of government.

    Community Partners: First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Good Shepherd, Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Diocese of Hamilton, Anglican Diocese of Niagara, Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition

  • Neighbourhood Profile: South Mountain

    Published: September 2016

    Kiwanis Homes Inc. Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. and McGivney Community Homes Inc. partnered with the SPRC to create a project that would have a benefit to the South Mountain community and have a broader positive impact to the residents in the neighbourhood. This report is a demographic profile of this neighbourhood area, based on 2011 Census and National Household Survey data.

    Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • Paths to Research Collaboration: A Guide to Working with McMaster Researchers

    Published: January 2016

    If you are a community, non-profit, or public organization looking for assistance with research, or if you have been approached by McMaster University researchers interested in conducting research with you, this guide is for you. It is a roadmap, designed to guide community organizations along the journey to collaborative research.

    Paths to Research Collaboration is the product of a partnership between the Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC) of Hamilton and McMaster University. If you’d like print copies, please email macconnector@mcmaster.ca

  • Voter ID Clinics During the 2015 Federal Election

    Published: January 2016

    The Hamilton Neighbourhood Action Strategy, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, and the Hamilton Public Library, partnered to administer voter ID clinics during the 2015 federal election. The purpose of the clinics was to increase voter participation by breaking down barriers to voting, including acquainting voters with ID requirements and new changes to ID requirements, and helping people find their poll locations.

    This report includes an overview of the clinics and the challenges associated with voter identification requirements, as well as recommendations for future clinics.

    Community Partners: Hamilton Neighbourhood Action Strategy, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Hamilton Public Library

  • Canada Votes – 2015 Federal Election Bulletins

    Published: September 2015

    The federal election is on October 19, 2015. Use Canada Votes to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada and put them on the public agenda.

    On October 19, 2015 Canadians will come together to choose the direction of policy in this country for the next 4 years. Democracy works best when citizens engage in dialogue about the society in which we want to live. Canada Votes is a tool to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada. The federal government has a role to play in addressing them – and you can help by talking about the social issues that matter to you and asking questions to find out what will be done.

    With Canada Votes you can:

    • Read about 14 social issues affecting Canadian Communities
    • See sample questions to ask your candidates about social issues
    • Share with your friends, family, and colleagues
    • Vote on October 19, 2015

    THIS SERIES WAS PRODUCED BY: Canadian Council on Social Development, Community Development Council Durham, Community Development Halton, Edmonton Social Planning Council, Saint John Human Development Council,Social Planning and Research Council of BC, Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, Social Planning Network of Ontario, and Social Planning Toronto.

    Social planning organizations across the country are helping to strengthen communities and work on social justice issues. We also recognize the need to work together around key issues affecting our communities. We have come together to provide this publication on the federal election because we believe that democracy works best when citizens engage in dialogue on important issues.

    Click here for reference materials and additional language translations.

  • Profile of North Hamilton

    Published: April 2015

    This Profile of North Hamilton describes the trends and conditions within North Hamilton, including the North End and Keith neighbourhoods. The report was commissioned by North Hamilton Community Health Centre and the Hughson Street Baptist Church. This profile will inform NHCHC’s Board of Directors’ strategic planning process as they chart the future directions of the NHCHC to fulfill its mission “to enable health through healing, hope and wellness” and realize its vision of “no obstacles to health”. The Profile of North Hamilton reveals a community of resilience, a community facing challenges, and a community poised with opportunities.

    Community Partners: North Hamilton Community Health Centre and the Hughson Street Baptist Church

  • Grocer Ease Program Review and Evaluation

    Published: March 2015

    The purpose of this review is to determine what resources and structure Grocer Ease requires to ensure that it meets the needs of the community, the mandate of its funders, and supports the mission of Banyan Community Services. The review showed that participants are extremely satisfied with the program. Challenges around communication, documentation, emergency procedures, program accreditation, and funder requirements, among several others, are explored, and recommendations are offered to address these issues.

    Funded by: Banyan Community Services

  • WHPC Emergency Planning for Services for Single Women Experiencing Homelessness

    Published: February 2015

    This report is the result of a consultation process initiated by the City of Hamilton (Housing Division) and involving the Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative (WHPC). WHPC exists to develop, coordinate, advocate for and facilitate a gender specific, comprehensive and seamless system of services to meet these stated needs.

    Funded by: City of Hamilton
    Community Partner: Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative

  • YWCA Hamilton Financial Literacy Program Evaluation

    Published: January 2015

    This report summarizes the evaluation of the YWCA Hamilton’s Financial Literacy Program, which aimed to reach 80 disadvantaged women in the course of developing a model for financial literacy and training that could be incorporated into existing programs. The evaluation examined program effectiveness, adaptability/viability, and partnerships.

    Funded by: YWCA Hamilton, TD Financial Literacy Grant

  • Hamilton’s Vital Signs – Hamilton’s Economic Renaissance: A prosperity unevenly shared

    Published: January 2015

    Improved unemployment rates, a booming real estate market and an influx of young adults are proof of Hamilton’s “economic renaissance,” but the prosperity has not reached across the city, says a new report from Hamilton Community Foundation.

    Hamilton’s Vital Signs report for example, that rents have risen by over four percent in one year and rental vacancy rates have dropped to an unhealthy level of 1.8 percent, foreshadowing a looming housing crisis.  Unemployment rates are better than the provincial average, but some 57 percent of Hamilton’s workers are in “insecure employment” with less access to benefits and pensions, the highest rate across the GHTA.

    “This Vital Signs report reaffirms many reasons for the city’s new sense of energy and optimism,” said Terry Cooke, President & CEO, “but also that disparity remains a critical issue.  Many Hamiltonians still struggle to secure basics such as safe, affordable housing, secure jobs and an income above the poverty line.”

    Funded by: Hamilton Community Foundation

  • St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton Program Evaluation

    Published: July 2014

    This report conducts an evaluative review of client satisfaction, an evaluation of program results and an overview of best practices for the services of the St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton.

    Funded by: St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton

  • The Bridge: From Prison to Community

    Published: April 2014

    This evaluation gathered the stories of men who had some level of engagement with discharge planning offered by The Bridge upon release from the local Detention Centre. One focus group was conducted with nine men and six men agreed to individual key informant interviews assessing how The Bridge and/or other organizations assisted them in transitioning from jail back into the community.

    Funded by: Homelessness Partnering Strategy
    Community Partners: Hamilton Housing Help Centre, Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre

  • Neighbour 2 Neighbour Building Better Futures Project Evaluation

    Published: April 2014

    This report provides an evaluation of the Building Better Futures program run through the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre. The purpose of this evaluation has been to illuminate project outcomes, key findings and lessons learned, opportunities for improvement, and implications for the project’s future.

    Funded by: Status of Women Canada
    Community Partners: Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre

  • Youth Housing Support Project Evaluation 2012 – 2014

    Published: March 2014

    This report is an evaluation of the Youth Housing Support Project (YHSP). This evaluation reports on activities and outcomes achieved throughout the timeline of April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014.

    Community Partners: The Street Youth Planning Collaborative, The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, Catholic Family Services
    Funded by: Government of Canada – Homelessness Partnering Strategy

  • Hamilton Housing and Homelessness Action Plan

    Published: October 2013

    The Affordable Housing Flagship has been working with the City of Hamilton’s Housing Division since 2010 to develop a 10 year housing and homelessness action plan for the community.  The plan is now complete and has two parts:

    • A strategic plan with a vision, guiding values, outcomes and targets
    • An implementation plan with 54 strategies, critical investments, accountabilities, timing, reporting and monitoring

    This plan will guide will ensure that everyone in Hamilton has a home.

    Click here for more information on Hamilton’s Housing & Homelessness Action Plan

  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council Impact Assessment

    Published: July 2013

    This evaluation explores the impacts of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership’s (HIPC) work since its inception and attempts to quantify partner contributions to the HIPC’s work. Findings show that HIPC partners have contributed between $1,447,638 and $1,518,323 worth of in-kind contributions, direct contributions, and leveraged funds to immigration-related projects in Hamilton since 2009. In terms of impacts, respondents draw on the HIPC’s research reports and resources, are more involved in newcomer issues, and collaborate with other organizations to better meet newcomer needs because of their involvement with the HIPC. Respondents also emphasized communication and information sharing, greater collaboration, and developing or adjusting specific services as key impacts of the HIPC’s work.

    Funded by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Community Partner: Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council

  • Strengthening Newcomer Services: Final Report to the Community

    Published: October 2012

    This report summarizes the activities, key findings, and recommendations from SPRC’s year-long Strengthening Newcomer Services project, which was undertaken with community partners Workforce Planning Hamilton, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Community Information Hamilton, and the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. In a series of recommendations, the report suggests that the capacity of informal networks, often the first point of contact for newcomers, be supported and strengthened in order to bridge the gaps in awareness between newcomers and formal services.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partners: Workforce Planning Hamilton, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Community Information Hamilton, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council
     
  • Youth Confidence in School, Community and the Future – Hamilton Findings

    Published: May 2012

    In the City of Hamilton, 319 students participated in the Youth Confidence in Learning and the Future Project survey. Of the students surveyed, 53% identified as female, while 47% identified as male. The largest response by grade was 53% from grade 10. Another 18% surveyed were in grade 12, 13% were from grade 11, 53% were from grade 10 and 16% from grade 9.

    This report focuses on the City of Hamilton and looks at youth confidence in learning, in and outside of school and confidence in their futures. It also looks at the level of impact youth feel they can have on their communities and in the world.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
    Community Partner: Canadian Education Association
     
  • Language Quilt of Hamilton

    Published: April 2011

    Over 60,000 persons speak a language other than English at Home, representing 13% if Hamilton’s population. The last census in 2006 counted 60 different languages spoken by Hamiltonians at home. This poster gives a snapshot of Hamilton’s linguistic diversity.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

  • Our Health Counts: Urban Aboriginal Health Data Research Project: Community Report – First Nations Adults and Children

    Published: April 2011

    The goal of the Our Health Counts (OHC) project was to work in partnership with Aboriginal organizational stakeholders to develop a baseline population health database for urban Aboriginal people living in Ontario that is immediately accessible, useful, and culturally relevant to local, small region, and provincial policy makers.

    Community Partner: City of Hamilton
     
  • Hamilton’s Vital Signs

    Published: January 2011

    In 2010, Hamilton’s Vital Signs pulled back the veil on a community making progress in some areas, but split by deep fault lines of inequality. Building on the work of the Hamilton Spectator’s Code Red investigation into Hamilton’s neighbourhoods, Vital Signs traced a picture of “two cities that share the same urban boundary but little else.”

    Community Partner: Hamilton Community Foundation
     
  • Published: June 2010

    The Social Planning Network of Ontario’s (SPNO) report provides valuable information about Ontario and its evolving communities. Chalk-full of demographic and socio-economic data, the report is offered as a resource for program planning, needs assessments, advocacy initiatives, public policy development, research projects and more.

    Community Partner: Social Planning Network of Ontario
     
  • On Any Given Night – Homelessness Indicators Report

    Published: May 2010

    The City of Hamilton and the SPRC collaborated to produce this report which tracks various indicators of homelessness, particularly emergency shelter data.

    Community Partner: City of Hamilton – Housing and Homelessness Division
     
  • Trying for normal when the wheel comes off: The Hamilton Social Audit

    Published: April 2010

    This report is the result of a day spent listening deeply to and reflecting upon the stories told by remarkable people with lived experience of poverty who came forward to be a part of the Hamilton Social Audit on April 22, 2010.

    Community Partner: 25 in 5 Hamilton Network for Poverty Reduction
     
  • Published: September 2009

    This guide, sponsored and supported, by the Community Services Department of the City of Hamilton and by the Hamilton Training Advisory Board, was developed initially in support of planning efforts upon which both sponsors are embarking. In the case of the Community Services Department, information in the guide will inform its Human Services Planning Initiative. In the case of the Hamilton Training Advisory Board, it will provide important background for its integrated labour market planning initiative.

    Community Partner: City of Hamilton, Hamilton Training Advisory Board
     
  • On Any Given Night Measuring Homelessness in Hamilton 2007 Edition

    Published: November 2007

    Measuring Homelessness in Hamilton (2007) is to identify the central factors that impact homelessness and to provide a basis for the community, the City and senior levels of governments to discuss and address homelessness. This report builds on the information in On Any Given Night (2006) by presenting new data on factors contributing to homelessness, a demographic profile of people experiencing homelessness and key service utilization statistics.

    Community Partner: City of Hamilton – Housing and Homelessness Division
     
  • Youth Engagement 101

    Published: October 2007

    This report is a collection of information and some practical guidelines that we hope will help as you work with and engage youth in Hamilton. This collection is an attempt to summarize and explain Hamilton-specific youth engagement and facilitate a concerted effort to move from the idea of youth engagement in our community to creating impact through youth-supported change.

    Community Partner: YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington
     
  • Published: June 2006

    In the summer of 2005, the Hospitals-Shelters Working Group determined that data was needed to better understand the population of people moving between shelters and hospitals. The objectives of this data collection process were to learn more about this population, to learn about the patterns and trends in movement between hospitals and shelters and to use this information to understand the potential implications for service.

    Community Partner: Hospitals-Shelters Working Group
     
  • On Any Given Night Measuring Homelessness in Hamilton

    Published: January 2006

    This indicators report notes key factors impacting homelessness in Hamilton. Local information on factors contributing to homelessness, a demographic profile of people experiencing homelessness and some service utilization statistics are included in this report. Data presented here reflects the most recent information available. The purpose of this document is to provide information about the nature of homelessness in Hamilton. It is not intended to be a policy statement but rather to inform the ongoing discussion about the best way for the City, the community and senior levels of governments to address the issue of homelessness in Hamilton.

    Community Partner: City of Hamilton – Housing & Homelessness Division
     
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