CASE STUDY: Overdose Prevention Society
Published 6/14/2018 in Vancouver - Data For Good
Problem/main challenges: Assist the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) in analyzing, organizing, and gathering insight from manually created data sets with the goal of strengthening advocacy in service of expanded harm reduction and drug decriminalization. One of our objectives was also to develop material that would assist OPS in countering inaccurate and harmful narratives of people who consume drugs in the Downtown Eastside, and help reduce stigma associated with substance use. Recommendation and implementation plan: Our final report contains a number of recommendations meant to improve data collection methods for both OPS and local health agencies, and guide further research that will lead to more effective government policy aimed at addressing the overdose crisis. The findings and analysis are meant to be a starting point to direct further investigation as the data sets used were limited in scope and consistency; and as such, it was difficult to arrive at conclusive findings. Next steps: Assist OPS with... read more ❯
REPORT: Findings and Analysis for Overdose Prevention Society
Published 6/14/2018 in Vancouver - Data For Good
An unprecedented overdose crisis is killing thousands of people across Canada, and nowhere is the death toll more pronounced and shockingly tragic than in British Columbia, where 1,449 people have died from illicit drug overdoses in 2017. Fuelling the loss of life is a toxic drug supply tainted by fentanyl and carfentanil and inadequate drug policies continuing to focus on prohibition and criminalization. This policy approach has been shown to push substance use further underground, thereby increasing the harms to society. Within this environment, people who use substances and their advocates have taken a leading role upholding the health and safety of those at risk by setting up overdose prevention sites offering low-barrier harm reduction services. One such site was located along East Hastings Street near Columbia Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Founded and run by the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS), the site and its model of service delivery have proven... read more ❯
Project Accelerator (Heart & Stroke Foundation, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Foundation, Childhood Cancer Canada)
Published 5/8/2018 in Toronto - Data For Good
A Montreal Based Case Study
Published 5/8/2018 in Montreal - Data For Good
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Commuter Challenge
Published 6/14/2018 in Calgary - Data For Good read more ❯
CASE STUDY: Pivot Legal Society
Published 8/19/2018 in Vancouver - Data For Good
Problem/main challenges: Pivot Legal Society has noticed a variety of contexts in which the law creates area restrictions on activities for certain individuals. The legal advocacy human rights organization was interested in understanding how these area restrictions (i.e., locations in the city where people were not permitted to enter or access) affected marginalized communities, and whether such area restrictions created entire zones of exclusion that hindered access to healthcare and support networks. (Map designed for Pivot Legal Society by Data for Good volunteers) Recommendation and implementation plan: Data for Good volunteers with GIS skills designed an interactive map for Pivot Legal Society that provides a high-level view of how area exclusions created by the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) work together to carve out areas of the city where sex workers would face increased obstacles to conducting their work. Next steps: None to be taken. Questions answered/impact made: Pivot Legal Society researchers were able to clearly see the geographic... read more ❯
Workshop Series: How to use Canadian Census Data for Good
Published 7/4/2018 in Toronto - Data For Good
Second Harvest
Published 7/4/2018 in Toronto - Data For Good
Cystic Fibrosis
Published 7/4/2018 in Toronto - Data For Good
CASE STUDY: Retail Action Network
Published 2/16/2019 in Vancouver - Data For Good
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Problem/main challenges: The Retail Action Network (RAN) is a labour rights organization based out of Victoria, BC advocating for employees in the service sector. Primary areas of work include advocacy around livable wages and accountability for employers contravening provincial labour standards. The organization was looking to better understand survey data from their Grade My Boss online tool, which collects feedback from respondents related to working conditions. This information will be used to better design future iterations of the tool and inform strategic campaign work. Recommendation and implementation plan: Data for Good Vancouver provided recommendations related to consistency and structure of data collection that will allow for more strategic use of data in service of the organization’s advocacy goals. Volunteers also recommended more plain-language survey questions that will help RAN collect data more effectively from its members and increase engagement. Next steps: RAN will be working with select members of Data for Good Vancouver... read more ❯
CASE STUDY: The Royal Ontario Museum
Published 4/5/2019 in Toronto - Data For Good
Who is The Royal Ontario Museum? Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. The ROM’s mission is to inspire wonder and promote learning by sharing the stories of the unique collections that the ROM cares for on behalf of the people of Ontario; to be a champion for the natural and cultural worlds; to serve as a forum for our diverse communities; and to create knowledge that contributes to a better future. Questions we were asked to look into The ROM offers a multi-tier membership program for its members and they wanted to get better insights into the data. The operations team needed... read more ❯
CASE STUDY: Youth Without Shelter
Published 5/14/2019 in Toronto - Data For Good
“We have never stopped with our vision. We want to end youth homelessness one youth at a time and that is our focus. The people that come through our doors are individuals and we treat them as such and we want to help them overcome the struggles they are experiencing.” - Steve Doherty, YWS Executive Director Who is Youth Without Shelter? Youth Without Shelter's Mission statement is, ”Empowering youth facing homelessness to reach individual potential.” Youth without Shelter (YWS) was founded in 1986 by a group of teachers and guidance counsellors who were frustrated with the lack of safe, emergency housing and support programs for their students. YWS has now helped more than 15,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life-skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. An impressive 87% of every dollar donated is directed to youth programs and related support (remaining 13% for admin and fundraising). YWS has been nationally recognized for... read more ❯
DataNight: A Greener Future
Published 6/8/2019 in Toronto - Data For Good
On March 27, 2019, Data For Good held a DataNight at the offices of our host, The goal was to explore data from A Greener Future and look at ways to analyze and visualize the impact that AGF has made through their amazing work. Who is A Greener Future? A Greener Future works hand-in-hand with local communities to promote environmental preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs, and events. Our expanding family of volunteers are committed to creating a clean, healthy environment that can be sustained for generations. Rochelle Byrne founded A Greener Future in 2014. Since then, they have run cleanup programs all across Canada. Some recent highlights: In 2018, A Greener Future picked up their 1,000,000 pieces of litter!! The 2018 Butt Blitz picked up 239,339 cigarette butts off the ground. This was accomplished by 171 volunteers in 20 locations across Canada. Cleanups have been run in 105 unique cities at 276... read more ❯
Case Study: East End United Regional Ministry
Published 9/6/2019 in Toronto - Data For Good
Who is the East End United Regional Ministry? ”We will live out our mission to be a sustainable social justice and faith seeking spiritual community.” East End United Regional Ministry Mission statement. The East End United regional ministry came about in 2018 as a partnership between the Cosburn, Glen Rhodes, and Eastminster United Churches. These three charges chose in June 2017 to chart a new path that would allow them to define the legacy of their individual churches and become an agile, creative ministry that is responsive to opportunities arising from the relationships built within our neighbourhoods." "A progressive, vibrant, welcoming, and supportive Christian community in the east end of Toronto." Problem we were asked to solve. Identify the neighbourhood profiles around the United churches To understand the public common space needs of the neighbourhood  To strategize what type of public space is needed for the neighbourhood  Overlay current public events around the region to understand the... read more ❯
Case Study: Nellie's Shelter
Published 2/22/2021 in Toronto - Data For Good
  Who is Nellie’s Shelter? Nellie’s shelter is a community-based feminist organization that operates within an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework. They are committed to social change through education and advocacy, to achieve social justice for all women and children. Nellie’s Mission is to operate programs and services for women and children who have and are experiencing oppression such as violence, poverty, and homelessness. Problem statements Data for Good hosted two virtual back-to-back data nights for Nellie's shelter, bringing together participants with a diverse skill set to provide data-driven insights for the following questions: Identify the demographic of the individual donors most-probable age-group of donors Gender of the top 10% of donors Understand donor patterns most common day/week/month of donation  Preferences for the type of donation Participants utilized anonymized constituents, donation and gender data sets to find answers for Nellie's shelter. Data and Insights - What did we learn about Nellie’s shelter donor demographic On average, the ratio for Female-Male donors... read more ❯