Report

The Identification and Measurement of Innovative Characteristics of Young People

This report investigates the successfulness of innovation training for youth using the Youth Innovation Skills Measurement Tool to support the development of skills and attitudes correlated to innovation. It is argued that young people require these skills in order to become ‘the innovators of tomorrow’, and that having innovative youth is good for society.

The Aspiring Workforce – Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness

This report examines the labour market attachment for individuals living with serious mental illness. From the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the report questions why it is the case that 90% of people living with serious mental illnesses are unemployed, and suggests that the skills and potential contributions are not recognized by the context of employment as it stands. It then outlines five Big Ideas which are potential answers for the problems of unemployment for individuals living with severe mental illnesses, and follows with seven recommendations across policies, people, and systems which would assist in employment for individuals living with serious mental illnesses. Ultimately, a broad, holistic approach to services and supports is required in order to increase labour market participation for individuals with severe mental illnesses.

Peer Support Programs in the Workplace

This informal report examines the cost of mental health issues and suggests that these costs pose problems for managers and organizations. It then proposes that peer support work is a cost effective risk management strategy which also serves to strengthen and optimize an organizations’ health in general. It suggests what formal peer support programs may look like and include, and makes a clear argument to managers and organizations for implementing a peer support program. It outlines that peer support programs may differ between organizations given that they are reflective of the structure of the organization, but demonstrates that implementing a peer support program is a very accessible support for organizations to explore. It offers some ‘quick tips’ for getting started.

Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities: Initial Report

This report begins by establishing that the underrepresentation of individuals with disabilities in the workforce is a failure of collective commitment to human rights for individuals with disabilities. It moves into recommending collaboration with business and government as well as suggests a cultural change in order to have meaningful connections to labour for individuals living with disabilities. It suggests that previous programming has not been as successful as it needs to be in order to create meaningful labour market attachment for individuals with disabilities and provides a series of recommended actions for appropriate stakeholders to take in order to increase labour market attachment for individuals living with disabilities.

Better Indigenous Policies: An Aotearoa New Zealand Perspective..

This report suggests that policy evaluation, where policy impacts Aboriginal groups, must be done by an evaluation method relevant to the group identified. This serves the purpose not only of ensuring an authentic evaluation of the policy in question, but also reaffirms the group identified is a stakeholder in the evaluation, and keeps involvement through a collaborative and consultative process.

Now or Never – An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians

This report outlines the challenges facing the Nova Scotian economy and starts to unpack how Nova Scotia might address these challenges. These challenges include globalization of trade, technological change, environmental issues, and the heavy indebtedness of the provincial government. The report offers suggestions for key initiatives to begin strengthening the Nova Scotian Economy.

McDaniel’s SSHRC study reveals no evidence of labor shortage

This report examines the work done by Dr. Susan McDaniel, on a SSHRC grant, which examined current labour market information and ultimately conclude that Canada was not actually about to face a labour shortage. Instead, DR. McDaniel’s suggests that immigrant/newcomers to Canada are underutilized in the Canadian workforce, and individuals from underrepresented groups are also underutilized in the workforce.

Interventions to Improve the Labor Market Situation of Adults with Physical and/or Sensory Disabilities in Low and Middle-Income Countries

This report argues that disability is a development issue, related to poverty, inequality, and violation of human rights. It is known that a significant portion of the population lives with disabilities, and that these individuals are an untapped resource, underrepresented in the work force. It is suggested that, due to the underrepresentation of individuals living with disability in the workforce, there is an acute strain on individuals in low- and middle-income countries. The report examines some reviews that have been done to summarize the existing research in this area, the report also notes the limitations of the data presented in the literature base. It is suggested that a more systemic approach needs to be taken in order to understand the base of data already in place, and make sense of it in real world applications.

Indigenous Approaches to Program Evaluation

This report shares Indigenous approaches to program evaluation. The basis of this evaluation is that a focus is put on individual’s experiences in the program, as opposed to simply relying upon the program’s statistics as a measure of it’s success. The work argues that if the goal of conducting a program evaluation is to ensure that the program accurately meets participants needs, then it is crucial that the program evaluation contains culturally sensitive material, as well as accounts for important contextual factors. The work moves through a literature review in order to outline what might be considered as a culturally sensitive program evaluation.