News Release: CCSD welcomes four new data consortia to the Community Data Program
September 10, 2014 – Peggy Taillon, the Canadian Council on Social Development’s (CCSD) President and CEO, is delighted to announce the addition of four new data consortia as they join the Community Data Program (CDP). New consortia are now in place in Montreal, Quebec, Niagara Region and Oxford County, Ontario, and Wood Buffalo, Alberta.
“The path ahead in developing the local social programs Canadians need is found in the data,” said Peggy Taillon, “and the community data holdings we offer are unique. Through these consortia, Montreal, Niagara Region, Oxford County and Wood Buffalo demonstrate their commitment to evidence-based program development, effective use of resources and the well-being of their citizens.”
The new consortia will receive customized training and assistance in building their memberships. The CDP positions them to achieve their diverse goals such as better understanding socio-economic issues, bringing researchers together, improving economic, environmental and social opportunities, improving infrastructure planning and increasing the capacity of community organizations.
Montreal, Niagara, Oxford and Wood Buffalo reflect the diversity of CDP membership in communities with populations from over one million to less than 100,000. With the new national network total of 25 consortia, together, the communities they represent account for over 52 percent of the Canadian population – that’s over 17.5 million people.
CDP members benefit from access to Canada's largest and most diverse repository of community data – at the smallest geographies possible – as well as to tools and training to support data analysis and its use in social program planning and sound decision making. With low cost access to over $1 million in customized data, they can accurately monitor and report on social and economic development trends in their communities. They also have access to a Canada-wide network of municipal and community practitioners.
The network’s more than 1,600 registered users are found in municipal governments and non-profit organizations such as health and social services agencies, police, library & school boards, local economic development agencies, social planning councils, local United Way chapters and more.
Want to bring evidence to your work? Start up your own Community Data Consortium or join an existing one. Visit http://www.ccsd.ca/index.php/enable/community-data-program .
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If you want to walk fast, walk alone.
If you want to walk far, walk together.
- African proverb
CCSD is a not-for-profit organization that partners and collaborates with all sectors (not-for-profit, philanthropic, government and business) and communities to advance solutions to today’s toughest social challenges. As a neutral, non-partisan, non-governmental and independent organization, the CCSD believes challenges can be solved through a deliberative approach that includes all partners, ensuring the end user is part of framing the issues and the solutions. Simply put, society designed the problem – whether inequality, homelessness, discrimination, climate change, to name a few – but we also have the power to design the solution.
Vice-President, Strategic Communications & Social Media
Canadian Council on Social Development
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The CDP’s new Data Consortia
Montreal Community Data Consortium
After a two-year hiatus, the Montreal consortium rejoined the CDP in 2014. Spearheaded by Jean Isseri, Carrefour jeunesse emploi de Côte-des-Neiges, the consortium has four broad goals: (1) Improve the understanding of various socio-economic topics in Montréal, (2) offer complex, expensive data to the not-for-profit sector at a low cost, (3) bring together researchers from the municipal, health, community, and educational sectors, and (4) create a culture of sharing amongst member organizations within the consortium.
Location: Island of Montreal, Quebec Population (2011): 1,886,481
Lead: Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi de Côte-des-Neiges http://www.cjecdn.qc.ca
Niagara Region Community Data Consortium
The primary goal of the Niagara Region Consortium is to improve access to and use of data across the NGO and institutional spectrum in the Niagara community so that partnerships and skills develop to improve economic, environmental and social opportunities.
Location: Niagara Region, Ontario Population (2011): 431,346
Lead Organisation: Niagara Workforce Planning Board http://www.niagaraworkforceboard.ca
Oxford Community Data Consortium
Forming this consortium and joining the Community Data Program provides access to highly customized small area data to bring evidence into our work at the local level.
Location: Oxford County, Ontario Population (2011): 105,719
Lead Organisation: County of Oxford http://www.oxfordcounty.ca/publichealth
Wood Buffalo Community Data Consortium
In 2014 the Wood Buffalo consortium, led by Manny Makia at the local social development organization FuseSocial, joined the CDP to maximize the social benefits associated with Wood Buffalo's dramatic growth in resource development over the past fifteen years. The broad goal of the consortium is to link the region's financial prosperity to social prosperity. In particular, FuseSocial and its partners plan to use CDP data to (1) identify issues early for better planning of social and physical infrastructure, (2) inform and involve internal and external stakeholders, and assist in building trust and mutually beneficial outcomes, and (3) increase capacity of community organizations.
Location: Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, Alberta Population (2011): 65,565
Lead Organisation: Fuse Social Wood Buffalo Society http://www.fusesocial.ca