Issues We Face

RESEARCH | Survey on where should Calgary spend its money

February 12, 2019

The School of Public Policy partnered with the Canadian Municipal Election Study to ask 2,001 Calgarians about their municipal spending priorities. The survey was carried out by Forum Research between November 14 and December 13, 2018. The results are weighted by gender and age. They chose to focus on nine policy areas to capture a … Read More

RESEARCH | Housing as a social determinant of health

February 1, 2019

Housing—as a physical structure, a source of stability or stress, and a part of a neighborhood and community—affects residents’ health. Health and housing partnerships are rooted in evidence that improvements in housing can support physical, mental, and behavioral health. By studying health patterns and determinants at the community or population group level, epidemiologists can help … Read More

RESEARCH | Envisioning a Modernized Social and Affordable Housing Sector in Canada

January 25, 2019

This discussion paper seeks to frame these challenges and opportunities and to provide some suggestion of what sector modernization and renewal might entail. It also presents a vision of a possible more sustainable future. The paper provides a brief historical overview as a way to help determine in what ways the current operating models may … Read More

RESEARCH | Neighbour­hood Financial Health Index

January 22, 2019

The Neighbourhood Financial Health Index (NFHI) is a new measure and visualization tool created to help municipalities, community organizations, and residents to explore the different dimensions and distribution of financial health in their community.

RESEARCH | How housing and neighbourhood quality affect children’s mental health

December 7, 2018

The impact of housing and neighbourhood quality on physical health has long been studied in the public health field, but studies that aim to assess those same impacts on mental health are less common. This study examined the relationship between the physical quality of housing and neighborhoods and their interactive effect on the mental health … Read More

RESEARCH | One in Six is Too Many: An Alberta Child Poverty Report

December 4, 2018

Public Interest Alberta, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and the Alberta College of Social Workers recently published a new child poverty report, One in Six is Too Many: Alberta Child Poverty Update. The report shows that the number of children experiencing poverty has grown by 23.4% since 2006. More than 170,000 Alberta children are living … Read More

RESEARCH | How to create safer public housing projects

November 30, 2018

The findings in study are consistent with a wide range of previous research on crime and place. It turns out that low-income housing developments that are “hot spots” for crime tend to share certain characteristics. Some are large-scale, structural factors, like concentrated disadvantage and residential instability in the properties’ surrounding neighborhoods. But others are smaller-scale—and … Read More