Municipality of Port Hope: Community Improvement Research

The Municipality of Port Hope has been selected by Toronto-based non-profit Community Researchersto participate in the first intake of a new research initiative this summer that will help inform the direction of youth programming for the Municipality.

“Prominent organizations have a responsibility to lead the industry’s research and development,” notes Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “Municipal recreation departments have struggled during the pandemic and our outstanding Parks, Recreation and Culture team is excited to collaborate with Community Researchers and it’s academic partners on this important research and development initiative.”

Earlier this year, Toronto-based Community Researchers announced a call for proposals to award complimentary research projects to organizations across Ontario. After an extensive review of applications, a proposal submitted by the Municipality was one of eight projects selected for the new program.

The research studies will analyze data and offer solutions to help organizations navigate the pandemic and adapt to changing market conditions. To undertake the projects, Community Researchers will recruit and train eight community-minded researchers from Brock University’s Centre for Sport Capacity, the Centennial College School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts, and The Bridge at University of Toronto Scarborough. Researchers will participate in a training program, receive support from their faculty and earn academic credit for leading the projects.

“This unique research initiative is the only program of its kind in Canada, delivering both short and long-term benefits in many areas,” adds Michael Harker, Executive Director of the Community Researchers. “Awarding eight much needed community research projects is an outstanding initiative on its own but the Community Researchers program will also deliver sustained benefits by helping eight young community-minded researchers build careers. Additionally, topline results from all studies will be shared extensively, benefiting organizations throughout Ontario and beyond.”

These projects will be completed by August 2021. Other organizations participating in the program include The Canadian National Exhibition, Gardens Ottawa, and Parks and Recreation Ontario. Community Researchers will offer another Call for Proposals later this year.

About Community Researchers

Community Researchers is a non-profit research organization which connects young researchers with established mentors to conduct important community projects. Its official mandates are to provide opportunities for youth and new graduates to establish careers, provide insights and data to community organizations which are unable to access professional research firms, publish insights from research projects, and make reports accessible to community organizations across Ontario and beyond. Community Researchers prioritizes initiatives that assist underserved and marginalized analysts and communities.

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