Publications

- Equity & Inclusion

  • South Mountain Community Engagement Initiative Evaluation Second Survey Results

    Published: February 2018

    In 2015, The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) partnered with three social housing providers, Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc., Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. and McGivney Community Homes Inc., to explore the potential of a resident engagement initiative in Hamilton’s South Mountain neighbourhood. As a result of the partnership, the SPRC received a two year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to create a resident engagement project that would have a benefit to the local community and broader positive impact to the individual residents in the neighbourhood.

    South Mountain Community Engagement Evaluation Highlights

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • 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

  • Young Parent Program Review

    Published: December 2017

    This report provides a program review of Catholic Family Services St. Martin’s Manor and the Salvation Army Grace Haven.

    Funded by: Catholic Family Services St. Martin’s Manor, the Salvation Army Grace Haven

  • Hamilton’s Social Landscape Bulletin – Census Quick Facts: Visible Minorities in Hamilton

    Published: November 2017

    New Hamilton Social Landscape bulletin on Visible minorities shows that persons who identify with a visible minority group in Hamilton have reached 100,000 residents, more than doubling in the last two decades.

    Funded by: United Way of Halton and Hamilton

  • 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

  • Published: February 2017

    Presentation about transit data to help inform Hamilton’s City Council in their deliberations about the municipal budget, including HSR and the 10 year transit strategy.

    Funded by: The United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton

  • South Mountain Community Engagement Initiative Evaluation Baseline Results

    Published: February 2017

    The South Mountain community engagement initiative reaches out to seven social housing complexes operated by Kiwanis Homes Inc., Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. and McGivney Homes Inc.. The initiative, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is a two year project which employs a Community Developer who supports the newly established resident-led South Mountain planning team. The purpose of the baseline survey was to gain a sense of the community’s strengths and improvement areas prior to the initiative in order to measure the influence of the initiative. Survey results revealed that there was a general consensus of neighbourhood assets, problem areas, and resolutions. Overall, survey participants were satisfied with access to transportation and amenities in their neighbourhood, and were concerned about safety.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • YWCA Hamilton Building Opportunities: Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations Evaluation

    Published: January 2017

    Building Opportunities: Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations was a three year project led by YWCA Hamilton in partnership with Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH). The project was designed to research, understand, and communicate the barriers and opportunities for women in Hamilton, Ontario who are working towards, or established in, non-traditional occupations. YWCA Hamilton engaged the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton to conduct the evaluation of the project. Stakeholders shared that the resulting toolkit is especially important for small to medium sized enterprises. The resulting website offers readily available tools that can be easily copied and pasted into a company’s policies and procedures. Companies that employ tradespeople will find that the toolkit offers easy-to-use resources that cover stages from pre-hiring, retention, and advancement opportunities.

    Funded by: Status of Women Canada

  • 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

  • Hamilton’s Social Landscape Bulletins: Demographic Shifts

    Published: September 2016

    Using a variety of data sources, the Demographic shifts series of Hamilton’s Social Landscape bulletins explore differences between older and younger generations to uncover trends in a range of demographic characteristics of Hamilton’s population.

    See previous Hamilton’s Social Landscape Bulletins

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton

  • #HamOnt LGBTQ+ Speak Out!

    Published: June 2016

    This report outlines the recommendations from 2016 community consultations with LGBTQ2+ community members and ally service providers on how to make Hamilton an LGBTQ2+ Positive city to work, live, learn and play.

    Community Partners: Hamilton Community Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton

  • 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

  • The St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton Report to the Community 2016

    Published: January 2016

    This report updates the community on the vision and values of the St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton and summarizes their services and recent accomplishments.

    Funded by: St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton

  • 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.

  • All We Need is Community: Urban Aboriginal Homelessness Survey

    Published: May 2015

    Summary of results from survey conducted in February 2015, showing 47% of Hamilton’s residents experiencing homelessness surveyed on downtown streets were Aboriginal.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and Service Canada

  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council Service Provider Survey Report

    Published: May 2015

    This report documents findings of the 2014 Service Provider Survey for the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC). The main objective of the 2014 Service Provider Survey is to document levels of awareness of services available to newcomers among service providers as well as service provider confidence in making referrals to these services. This report also aims to offer comparisons between this year’s findings and earlier findings as possible.

    Funded by: Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

  • Profile of Hamilton’s Aboriginal Residents

    Published: April 2015

    This short report gives overview of demographics of Hamilton’s Aboriginal residents in other to better understand this important community. The report highlights a growing youth population, a large age group in the 45-49 year age group, possibly due to the “Sixties Scoop”, as well as education, occupations and income. Finally the report ends with some data from a recent survey of Aboriginal people experiencing homelessness in Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and Service Canada

  • 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

  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council 2014-15 Contribution and Impact Assessment

    Published: March 2015

    The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) again enlisted the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) to conduct an evaluation of the impacts of the HIPC’s work in the community and to quantify its members’ contributions to its work in 2014. This follows SPRC’s evaluation of HIPC contributions and impacts in 2012 and 2013.

    Funded by: Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

  • Community Engagement Process on Street Level Sex Work in the Sherman Hub

    Published: January 2015

    For over a decade in Hamilton there have been various tables and task forces established to address the reality of street level sex work and its impact on neighbourhoods from various angles.  From The Barton Street Community Partners for Crime Prevention (2003) to the Sex Trade Task Force (2003 – 2008) and now the current Sex Work Engagement Project Team, (2011-present), many community partners have come together in various configurations over the years to address this issue.

  • 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

  • YWCA Hamilton Bridging for Internationally Educated Persons Program Evaluation

    Published: October 2014

    The goals of this evaluation of the YWCA Hamilton’s Bridging Internationally Trained Individuals Program are to explore and offer recommendations for strengthening several elements of the program, including the effectiveness of recruitment and marketing strategies, partnerships, participant commitment, differences in employment between streams, relative merits of a community agency delivering the program, and eligibility requirements. The YWCA Hamilton’s Bridging Internationally Trained Individuals Program aimed to provide training and support for Internationally Educated Persons (IEPs) to bridge soft skills, communications, and cultural awareness issues as well as identify and access opportunities for technical upgrading to improve employability in the environmental and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

  • 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

  • The Rich and the Rest of Us

    Published: October 2013

    This report describes how the unfairness of inequality is damaging both our economy and our society, provides Hamilton specific data about income inequality and poverty, and highlights ways that these trends can be reversed. Read more »

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and labour unions

  • 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

  • Hamilton Social Landscape Bulletin: Recession Impacts – Gender, Income and Employment

    Published: March 2013

    This is the fifth in a series of occasional bulletins that focus on issues highlighted in the Hamilton’s Social Landscape report and bring attention to more recent trends. This report shows that the since 1993, women have been responsible for 100% of the full-time, full-year job growth in Hamilton. But the gap between men and women’s full-time, full-year pay is larger than it was in 1976.

  • Hamilton Social Landscape Bulletin: Recession Impacts – Unemployment

    Published: January 2013

    This is the third in a series of occasional bulletins that focus on issues highlighted in the Hamilton’s Social
    Landscape report and bring attention to more recent trends.

    This report shows that Hamilton’s unemployment rate has recovered quickly from the last recession. The report suggests ways to further improve Hamilton’s economy such as investing in childcare programs, attracting more skilled immigrants to Hamilton and making Hamilton a living wage community.  Read more »

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • 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
     
  • 7+ Ways Your Neighbourhood Can Improve Your Health

    Published: September 2012

    A neighbourhood can’t build a hospital or find a cure for cancer. But in fact, improvements to the physical, social, economic, and cultural environment in cities and neighbourhoods is best recipe for better health. This short four-page report outlines some major ways that neighbourhoods can improve residents’ health. These actions often have the greatest impact for those residents who often face social exclusion.

    Funded by: Ontario Government, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Healthy Communities Hamilton Steering Committee
     
  • Hamilton Social Landscape Bulletin: Children & Seniors

    Published: May 2012

    This is the second in a series of occasional bulletins that focus on issues highlighted in the Hamilton’s Social Landscape report and bring attention to more recent trends.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Neighbourhood Profiles

    Published: March 2012

    The United Way commissioned the SPRC to complete a set of demographic profiles of some of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods, as to aid the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and its agencies and stakeholders to better understand the neighbourhoods they are serving.

    The profiles in this report are meant to give some highlights of the demographic, income and health data available for these neighbourhoods. The selected indicators are based on a large part of what service providers often ask the SPRC for when preparing strategic plans or grant proposals: age breakdowns, poverty rates, cultural diversity, educational attainment and housing, as well as health outcomes.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: United Way Reference Committee
     
  • The Right to Choose Where to Live

    Published: March 2012

    This report is based in part on research from “The Right to Choose Where to Live: Challenging the radial separation by-law and perceptions of supportive and supported housing in Hamilton”. Meng (Dolly) Lin, a McMaster University Health Sciences student, completed a study on Hamilton’s radial separation bylaw and perception of supportive housing in Hamilton. During the course of her research, Ms. Lin and Mohawk College student Veronic Sanyaolu interviewed neighbours, residents and staff members of supportive housing facilities.

    Funded by: Affordability and Choice Today (ACT), Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Affordable Housing Flagship
     
  • McQueston Neighbourhood Profile

    Published: March 2012

    To aid the United Way and service providers to better understand the neighbourhoods they are serving, the SPRC was asked to complete a set of profiles of some of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods. This profile is the most in-depth in the series, but still only captures a small part of the assets and challenges within the McQuesten neighbourhood. Demographic information about the ten other neighbourhoods that are part of the city’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy is available in the Neighbourhood Profiles report.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Profile of Hamilton’s Downtown Area

    Published: January 2012

    This report begins with an overview of population characteristics and a summary analysis of key trends affecting Hamilton’s downtown. This is followed by an overview of health and future growth potential in Hamilton’s downtown. Finally, after this narrative section, a summary of charts that form a profile of the downtown area is presented. The data is mainly drawn from Statistics Canada’s 2006 census, along with more recent health data from Hamilton’s Code Red series, as well as high school completion data from this same series.

    Commissioned by: Hamilton Urban Community Health Centre
     
  • Profile of Vulnerable Seniors in Hamilton

    Published: September 2011

    The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton requested that the SPRC prepare a report on Hamilton seniors to give the United Way and the community a picture of how Hamilton’s seniors are faring. The collaboration on this report included the Hamilton Council on Aging, who helped guide and improve this report.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Hamilton’s Social Landscape

    Published: May 2011

    This report focuses primarily on groups or social issues for which data is already collected and relatively accessible. There are many groups of Hamilton residents for which there is a scarcity of data, but yet still require attention by the community to improve conditions for all. These would include many significant segments of our society including: the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer community, precarious workers, temporary foreign workers and grandparents raising their grandchildren, among others.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • 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

  • Seeking Better Outcomes for Youth in Hamilton

    Published: January 2011

    This report was prepared by the SPRC in partnership with the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton as a resource for addressing youth issues in Hamilton. It has been structured to focus on current knowledge about youth issues drawn from literature, practitioners and youth that is available with a particular emphasis on research that has been reported on youth over the last ten years in Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Women & Poverty in Hamilton

    Published: May 2010

    Since the SPRC published its first report on women and poverty in Hamilton in May 2006, women remain disproportionately affected by poverty in our community. This report is an update of the 2006 report using more recent data from Statistics Canada.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Hamilton Community Correctional Services Needs Assessment

    Published: February 2010

    This report describes the process and findings of a study undertaken to conduct a community needs assessment of the trends, issues and unmet needs of people using the current array of community based corrections services providing support to clients in Hamilton. The impetus for this study comes from the expressed concern of a number of those agencies providing support to clients in their transition from incarceration to reintegration into the Hamilton community.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
    Community Partner: Corrections Consortium of Hamilton
     
  • Riverdale 2009: A Changing Mosaic

    Published: December 2009

    A small neighborhood in East Hamilton bound by Centennial Parkway, Barton, Queenston Road, and Lake Avenue Park, right next to the border between Stoney Creek and the original Hamilton, Riverdale West is home to a vibrant mix of citizens from around the world.

    Community Partner: Community Action Program for Children
     
  • Community Profiles

    Published: November 2009

    These Community Profiles have been developed to aid in understanding the unique social characteristics important to, yet distinct about, each community within the City of Hamilton. This series of reports will look at a number of demographic variables across each community within the City of Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression Initiative Assessment Report

    Published: August 2009

    As part of an anti-racism organizational change initiative, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCAS) partnered with the SPRC. The role of the SPRC in this partnership was to consult with CCAS staff, management, volunteers, foster parents, directors, and members of racially and culturally diverse communities. The purpose of these consultations was to invite input and feedback about current policies and practices of the CCAS, and to consider how these policies and practices could be more inclusive.

    Commissioned by: Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton
     
  • Assessment of the Under the Willows Program

    Published: May 2009

    The report provides an overview of the methodology used in the study, the evolution and operation of the Under the Willows program, and findings from consultations with key stakeholders. A set of conclusions are also included, based on a synthesis of findings.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
     
  • Enabling Institutional Change Through Community Partnership and Civic Participation

    Published: March 2009

    The SPRC was contracted by Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) to do a broad stroke review of the successes and challenges experienced throughout the Enabling Institutional Change Through Community Partnership and Civic Participation project. The information for this evaluation came through a review of written evaluations by participants of numerous training activities that took place by HCCI as well as conversations with staff members and a review of training materials produced by HCCI through this funding. Training evaluation reports generated by HCCI staff were also scanned for feedback and the evaluator attended HCCI’s Report to the Community in March, 2009.

    Funded by: Department of Canadian Heritage
    Community Partner: Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
     
  • Community Profiles

    Published: November 2008

    These Community Profiles have been developed to aid in understanding the unique social characteristics important to, yet distinct about, each community within the City of Hamilton. This series of reports will look at a number of demographic variables across each community within the City of Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Evaluation of the Stoney Creek United Church Wraparound Project

    Published: October 2008

    The Stoney Creek United Church Wraparound project engaged the services of the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton in June 2008 to conduct an evaluation of the project in accordance with the terms noted in a proposal for funding to the Hamilton Community Foundation.

    Commissioned by: The Stoney Creek United Church Wraparound
    Funded by: Hamilton Community Foundation
     
  • A Profile of Downtown Municipal Wards 2,3,4 and 5

    Published: August 2008

    The purpose of the report is to assist Mission Services with service planning. The analysis of population characteristics is useful in understanding the needs of the community. Identifying what services and supports are currently available and geographically accessible to the population will help to avoid duplication of services.

    Commissioned by: Mission Services Opportunity Centre
     
  • Creating Positive Space for the LGBTQ Community in Hamilton

    Published: February 2008

    Creating Positive Space for the LGBTQ Community is an executive summary of the longer report, Report on the Needs Assessment of the LGBTQ Community of Hamilton.  This summary highlights the fear that LGBTQ people have in terms of “coming out” at places of work, school, and faith communities for example.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
    Community Partner: Hamilton Pride Festival Inc. (HPFI)

  • Riverdale 2007: A Changing Mosaic

    Published: December 2007

    A small neighborhood in East Hamilton bound by Centennial Parkway, Barton, Queenston Road, and Lake Avenue Park, right next to the border between Stoney Creek and the original Hamilton, Riverdale West is home to a vibrant mix of citizens from around the world.

    Community Partner: Community Action Program for Children
     
  • Report on the Needs Assessment of the LGBTQ Community of Hamilton

    Published: December 2007

    This needs assessment came about because of the vision of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Pride Festival Inc. (Hamilton Pride). After conducting a short survey at Hamilton Pride 2005, the board saw a need to expand the scope of their survey and look more broadly at issues for the LGBTQ community in Hamilton. Hamilton Pride Festival Inc. partnered with the SPRC to conduct the data collection, analysis and report writing. Through surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews, this community based research has helped to articulate some of the many needs of the LGBTQ community in Hamilton with recommendations as to how these could be addressed effectively.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
    Community Partner: Hamilton Pride Festival Inc. (HPFI)

  • Report on the Diversity Audit of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

    Published: November 2007

    In 2006, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) initiated an evaluation process aimed at gathering data on the diversity of the staff in the organization. The administration recognized that it lacked the statistical data necessary on staff diversity to fully inform human resource practices connected to staff recruitment, retention and development initiatives. Working with community leaders to develop a comprehensive equity policy, the board saw conducting a Diversity Audit as another step in becoming a diversity-competent organization.

    Commissioned by: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
     
  • A Profile of an East Hamilton Neighbourhood: The Foundation for Service Planning

    Published: September 2007

    In July of 2007, Mission Services of Hamilton approached the SPRC with interest in developing a better understanding of a specific area in Hamilton’s East end. The area’s boundaries include Ottawa Street (to the West), Parkdale Avenue (to the East), Burlington Street (to the North) and Main Street (to the South).

    This short report provides a snapshot of the Mission Services target area, considering a range of population characteristics as well as community supports and services that are currently operating within those boundaries.

    Commissioned by: Mission Services of Hamilton
     
  • The In-School Mentoring Program: Analysis and Report

    Published: April 2007

    This report examines the In-School Mentoring Program of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington over 2004 and 2005.

    Commissioned by: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton
     
  • Facilitation Inclusion Leadership Enhancement Program

    Published: February 2007

    The SPRC was commissioned by the St. Joseph’s Immigrant Women’s Centre to detail a plan for evaluation of the Facilitating Inclusion Leadership Enhancement project and then charged with the task of implementing the plan.

    Funded by: Hamilton Community Foundation
    Community Partner: St. Joseph’s Immigrant Women’s Centre
     
  • Listen Up! Hamilton Youth Speak Out – Public Forum

    Published: October 2006

    On October 10th, 2006, a forum was held in the community to provide youth with the chance to talk about issues that were most important to them. Many different youth were there, representing many different issues. In the morning, youth got together with other youth and talked about the things that impacted them the most. Seven key issues youth face in Hamilton were identified. In the afternoon, service providers (ie. teachers, social workers, and shelter staff) and youth got together to talk about strategies for change. This report is a summary of those group discussions.

    Funded by: Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Community and Social Services
    Community Partner: Youth Taskforce 
     
  • Report on the Immigrant Skills Workforce Integration Project: A Plan for Hamilton

    Published: July 2006

    The SPRC committed to implementing the Immigrant Skills Workforce Integration Project (ISWIP) with funding from the Hamilton Community Foundation. The purpose of the project was to develop a community plan for Hamilton that would fully integrate immigrant professionals and trades people into the local labour force at their optimal skill level. There are eight sections in this report that provide a complete record of the project and development of the community plan for Hamilton.

    Funded by: Hamilton Community Foundation (Tackling Poverty Together Fund)
    Community Partner: Immigrant Skills Workforce Integration Project Advisory Committee (ISWIP)
     
  • Hepatitis C Needs Assessment – Final Report

    Published: June 2006

    The needs assessment is to determine the service needs, (informational, supportive, medical) of people living with hepatitis C in Hamilton in order to help the network prioritize future actions and activities accordingly. The purpose of this report is to make those findings available to: Hamilton Hepatitis C Network members, community services providers who work with HCV target populations, and to everyone interested in HCV prevention and education.

    Funded by: Public Health Agency of Canada
     
  • Hamilton Aboriginal Men’s Residence Transitional Housing Needs Analysis

    Published: May 2006

    The purpose of this report is:

    To assist in the homelessness planning activities of the Hamilton Aboriginal community;

    To research the need for a Homeless Aboriginal Men’s Residence; and

    To facilitate the process for a Homeless Aboriginal Men’s Residence.

    Funded by: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (National Homelessness Initiative – Urban Aboriginal Homelessness)
    Community Partners: Hamilton Executive Directors’ Aboriginal Coalition, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
     
  • Women and Poverty in Hamilton

    Published: May 2006

    Women in Hamilton have a poverty rate of 22% compared with men’s rate of 18%. A deeper look reveals further inequities between men and women in select categories. There are also significant differences in poverty rates between women of different backgrounds.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Barton Street Community Partners for Crime Prevention

    Published: February 2006

    Phase One of the Barton Street Community Partners for Crime Prevention took place in 2000. It included extensive consultation with primary stakeholders including youth, women, sex trade workers, residents and business people. The project included an extensive needs assessment into the issue of women and the sex trade. It concluded that work must be done from a harm reduction perspective and that there was a real need to create a common understanding of the issues of sex trade work before any systemic change could take place. These concepts were incorporated into the Phase Two project.

    Funded by: National Crime Prevention Strategy, Community Mobilization Program
    Community Partner: St. Matthew’s House, Barton Street Advisory Committee
     
  • Transitions to Adulthood, Summary of the Consultation Session

    Published: February 2006

    The purpose of the Consultation Session was to identify ways that the transition out of care and into adulthood could be made more successfully. This report is based on the input from these discussion groups, and is provided for the Working Group who will be developing the Youth Leaving Care policy. The report briefly reviews the methods used for collecting the information, as well as analyzing the findings. The results section identifies each question and the key themes that were found. The conclusion draws attention to several of the key findings of the discussion.

    Community Partner: Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton
     
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