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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 7, 2006

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1592 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



Canadian Content

1. Autism more prevalent than previously estimated?
2. Budget 2006 (Department of Finance Canada) - May 2 + Responses from 20+ sources (mostly NGOs)
Evaluating the four top social policy priorities of the Conservative government (Canadian Association of Social Workers) - April 2006
4. Growing Up in North America: Child Well-Being in Canada, the United States & Mexico (Canadian Council on Social Development...) - May 2
Canada appears before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [CESCR], 36th Session (1 - 19 May 2006)
6. Online Research Newsletter (Canadian Labour Congress) - May 2006 Issue
7. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - May 5

International Content

8. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 4
9. U.S. Study finds that full-time stay-at-homes would make over $130,000 ( - May 3, 2006
10. Policy Hub Bulletin: April 2006 issue
(U.K. Government)

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. Autism more prevalent than previously estimated?

AUTISM: the Latest Prevalence Rates in USA - Now 1 in 175
By Barbara Anello
Acting Chair, DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network
May 5, 2006
elow is the latest bombshell in the USA about the prevalence rates for autism. Clearly, this is getting media attention in the USA. We, in Canada, need to capitalize on this and send this information to all MPs and Senators, especially Tony Clement, the Minister of Health, and ask them for the corresponding study results in Canada and what are they doing about it? Clearly, this would support the case that the government needs to mandate the Public Health Agency with monitoring what the heck is going on and using this data to feed into policy development.

As a mother of a child living with autism, I am asking all parents, family and friends of children with autism to send this to their MPs, and the Health Minister, with the request that the government recognize the problem and monitor the situation in Canada. "

- includes links to contact info for the federal Minister of Health, MPs and Senators, plus a selection of articles from American media.

Read More & Take ACTION!

Barbara Anello
Acting Chair
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network

Related Links:

Autism resources
- includes Autism FAQ - Autism Information Center Resources for Families - Developmental Screening - Resources for Researchers - Kids' Quest - Publications
NOTE: this is the organization that did the two surveys that served as sources for the new autism estimates. When I checked the Autism resources page of the CDC site on May 7, there was no mention (yet) of the new release...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)

US survey shows autism very common
May 06, 2006
WASHINGTON, MAY 5: The first national surveys of autism show the condition is very common among US children —with up to one in every 175 with the disorder, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. This adds up to at least 300,000 US schoolchildren with autism, a condition that causes trouble with learning, socialising and behaviour, the CDC said. The CDC analysed data on 24,673 children whose parents took part in two separate government surveys on health in the United States to generate its first national estimate of the prevalence of autism.
Financial Express (India)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Says 300,000 Children Have Autism
Number may be higher, and cause is not known

May 4, 2006 — Three hundred thousand children. That's how many the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports suffer from autism. It has remained a baffling and often devastating disorder, and the new numbers show how widespread it is.
The CDC reported that 5.7 children out of every thousand — one in 175 — have the problem. And the total may be higher because many doctors do not recognize the early warning signs.
ABC News Online News Search Results:
"autism study, CDC, May 2006" Web Search Results:
"autism study, CDC, May 2006"

NDP MP tables private bill on autism care
April 25, 2006
Alberta is the only province in Canada that pays for autism treatment and therapy, but NDP MP Peter Stoffer has tabled a private members bill that would ensure every province does the same. "No matter where you live in this country, you should have equal access to the healthcare system when it comes to autism," he told CTV News.
[NOTE: check the right-hand side of the CTV page for links to six more related stories and three videos.]
CTV News

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:
- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

2. Budget 2006 from the Department of Finance Canada - May 2
+ Responses to the 2006 federal budget

From the Department of Finance Canada:

Budget 2006 - Focusing on Priorities
Canada's New Government
May 2, 2006

The Budget Plan 2006
- separate links to four chapters and annexes, plus a PDF version of the whole plan in one file (1.9MB, 302 pages)
- includes:
Chapter 3 - Building a Better Canada: Families and Communities (Highlights)
Budget 2006 provides $5.2 billion over two years in increased support for Canadians and their families.
- incl. Canada's Universal Child Care Plan, Other Family Measures, Immigration, Affordable Housing, Aboriginal Communities, Environment, Infrastructure and Charitable Giving

Helping Individuals and Families News Search Results:
"Canada, Federal Budget 2006" Web Search Results:
"Canada, Federal Budget 2006"

Related Links:

Warning: Tax cuts may be dangerous to your health
By Dennis Howlett, Executive Director, National Anti-Poverty Organization
"Too good to be true
We should be suspicious of offers that are too good to be true. The recent Conservative budget is a case in point. Thousands of dollars in “tax credits” would seem to be a good thing. But on careful examination, Canadians will discover that not only do they shrink to being just a few hundred dollars in real money saved, they also come with all kinds of unwanted side effects. The tax cut budget package should have come with a warning."
National Anti-Poverty Organization


Responses to the May 2, 2006 Federal Budget - from the DAWN Ontario website
[NOTE: Click the above link to read some or all of the budget reactions --- more responses may be added to this page in the coming days.]


Wrapup - Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

"Prime Minister Harper's Surplus Budget puts Canadian Children at Risk"

- Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
"Federal Budget Delivers Housing Funding"

- National Council of Women of Canada
" ultimately fails our children and young adults."

- Canadian Nurses Association
" new funding to deal with the care guarantee promise."

- Assembly of First Nations
"Federal Budget Ignores Health Crises in First Nations Communities"
"Assembly of First Nations Statement on the 2006 Federal Budget - First Nations Sacrificed to Build a Better Canada"

- Health Action Lobby
" in general (for the budget) but cautioning that additional funding for ongoing health initiatives including human resources must remain a government priority."

- Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
"The Federal Budget Is a Source of Concern for the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador."

- Native Women's Association of Canada
"Native Women's Association of Canada President Beverley Jacobs disappointed with the lack of clear financial commitment the Conservative Gov't has committed to Aboriginal people in its 2006 Budget."

- Canadian Union of Public Employees
"Harper's first budget: tax cuts trump child care, public services - Conservatives hoodwinking Canadians in quest for majority."

- Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
"Budget 'Focusing on Priorities' Loses Focus on Education"

- Ontario Ministry of Finance
"Ontario Still Seeking Fairness From Federal Government - Harper's First Budget "Leaves More Questions Than Answers," Bountrogianni Says."

- Public Service Alliance of Canada
"Federal budget spells bad news for federal public services"

- Certified Management Accountants of Canada
"First Conservative Budget Falls Short in Boosting Canadian Productivity - Measures ignore growing information and communications technology where greatest gains can be achieved"

- Nishnawbe Aski Nation
"NAN Grand Chief disappointed with fraction of FMM commitments in budget"

- Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
"No child care in today's Budget"

- Métis Nation
"Federal Budget falls short for the Métis Nation"

- Anishinabek Nation - Union of Ontario Indians
"Budget a 'patchwork foundation' to Harper's aboriginal agenda"

- Heritage Canada Foundation
"Heritage Canada Foundation disappointed in federal budget"

- Canadian Federation of Students
"Federal Budget Ignores Student Debt"

- Canadian Association of University Teachers
"Harper budget charts wrong course for education"

- "Federal Budget short-changes Canadian Children"
Reaction to the Federal Budget by the Presidents of:
Ontario Public School Boards' Association - Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation - Canadian Teachers Federation; Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations

- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1. on
"Ontario government's home care initiatives still fail clients and workers"

- Rural Voices
"Rural, remote and Northern communities missed in all the tax credit giveaways"

Summary prepared by:

Barbara Anello
Acting Chair
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:

3. Evaluating the four top social policy priorities of the Conservative government - April 2006
(Canadian Association of Social Workers)

Blue social policy and the Speech from the Throne:
evaluating the four top social policy priorities of the Conservative government
(PDF file - 135K, 24 pages)
April 2006
The four priorities* are:
Priority #1: Providing Tax Relief to Working Families
Priority #2: Helping Parents to raise Children
Priority #3: Getting tough on Crime
Priority #4: Establishing Wait-time Guarantees
*the fifth priority is government accountability, but it's not included here because it's not a "social" policy.

Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

Related CASW Link:

Social Policy Proposals: Conservative Party of Canada (PDF file - 91K, 22 pages)
March 2006
Handy accountability tool prepared by the CASW --- includes all of the social policy proposals of the Conservative Party of Canada, divided into five units:
Aboriginal Affairs - Criminal Justice - Fiscal Measures - Health - Other Social Programs.
"The proposals within the units are taken from two sources: the Policy Declaration (Section 1 of each of the five units) and the Election Platform (Section 2 of each of the five units) of the Conservative Party of Canada.1 The proposals under the policy declaration were a product of the Conservative Policy Conference in 2005. The proposals under the election platform were listed as priorities in the 2006 election campaign."

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:

4. Growing Up in North America: Child Well-Being in Canada, the United States & Mexico - May 2
(Canadian Council on Social Development... )

First-of-its-Kind Report Examines Child Well-Being in Canada, United States and Mexico:
Economic and Social Integration Have Profound Effect On 120 Million Children in North America
(PDF file - 36K, 2 pages)
Press Release - May 2, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report that examines the state of child well-being in North America – Growing Up in North America: Child Well-Being in Canada, the United States & Mexico – reveals that gains in human development across the continent have not kept pace with the last decade’s dramatic advances in technology, trade, and investment. In this first-of-its-kind report issued today, the three project partners – the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México – call for attention to child well-being against a backdrop of economic and social change in North America.

Growing Up in North America:
Child Well-being in Canada, the United States and Mexico
May 2006
- includes links to:
* Complete report (PDF file - 1MB, 50 pages)
* Executive Summary (PDF file - 92K, 2 pages)
* Fact Sheet (PDF file - 35K, 2 pages)
* Press Release: Economic and Social Integration Have Profound Effect On 120 Million Children in North America (see above)
* From (May 1): Well-being of children may be overlooked as Canada, U.S., Mexico grow closer
* CCSD Op Ed [March 2006]: Message to Harper, Bush and Fox: Shortsighted to ignore 120 million kids
* Grandir en Amérique du Nord [French] (PDF file - 1.2MB., 56 pages)
* Creciendo en América del Norte [Spanish] (PDF)
* Children in North America Project website

Canadian Council on Social Development

Project partners:

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México (site available only in Spanish)

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:
- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page:

5. Canada appears before the United Nations
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [CESCR], 36th Session (1 - 19 May 2006)

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [CESCR], 36th Session (1 - 19 May 2006)
- links to the complete collection of reports submitted by the governments appearing before the Committee during the 36th Session - including Canada, as well as all relevant submissions by non-governmental organizations and reports by the U.N.
NOTE: Canada was scheduled to appear before the Committe on May 5. The above page, which contains links to all relevant govt., NGO and UN documents for this session has been blank for the past day or so (as at May 7). If there's no text that appears on the page when you click the link above, then click the link below to go to the UNESCR website, then, under Forthcoming Events in the right-hand margin of the page,
click on 1-19 May 2006 : 36th session meets in Geneva. That should take you to the same page, and maybe *that* link will work when you try it. (I think they're just updating the content of that page...)

United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNESCR) Website
[ United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ]

- Go to the United Nations Links page:

6. Online Research Newsletter - May 2006 Issue
(Canadian Labour Congress)

From the Canadian Labour Congress:

LINK Online Research Newsletter - May 2006 Issue
- incl. New Papers on the Web - Research by CLC Affiliates - Worth Noting
- Selected content from this issue:
--- Organizing Low Wage Workers: Performance and Prospects : the role of unions as part of the answer to the growing problem of low paid and precarious work.
--- Rowing Against the Tide: The Struggle to Raise Union Density in a Hostile Environment
--- Current Pension Issues and Trends focuses on current regulatory issues
--- Why Working Families Need Public Health Care : summarizes labour's arguments against private health insurance and private delivery of health care.
--- Private-Public-Partnerships (P3s) and the Transformation of Government
--- Labour Left Out : research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives into the failure of Canadian governments to protect and promote the collective bargaining rights of both unionized and non-unionized workers

- at the bottom of the newsletter page, you'll find a link to the first issue of LINK - March 2006 (where you'll find : Racial Status and Employment Outcomes, Are Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor?, Research Papers on Apprenticeship and Training, Privatization of Public Education)

Social and Economic Policy Department
[ Canadian Labour Congress ]

- Go to the Unions Links page:

7. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - May 5
(University of Toronto)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is selected content from the most recent issue of the notifier.


NOTE: CRRU now provides links to recent ELCC-related excerpts from the House of Commons Hansard.
Links to this week's Hansard excerpts:

What's New

>> Early childhood learning and care: The route to meeting the major challenges
Article by Jane Jenson for Policy Options' Canada's Priorities issue calls ELCC "an essential component of the learning system in any knowledge-based economy."

>> Growing up in North America: Child well-being in Canada, the United States and Mexico
First report from the Children in North America Project, a collaboration between Canadian Council on Social Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation, & Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México.

New Issue File:

ELCC and the federal budget 2006
May 2006
On May 2, 2006 the Conservative government presented its first budget since the election of January 23rd. This ISSUE file provides links to budget documents pertaining to child care, as well as responses from opposition parties, child care and other civil society organizations, and a selection of media coverage.

Child Care in the News

>> Tories explain child-care plan online [CA]
Edmonton Journal, 5 May 06

>> Tory child-care plan 'perverse': Martin [CA]
Canadian Press, 4 May 06

>> Child-care battle rages [CA]
by MacCharles, Tonda / Toronto Star, 4 May 06

>> The perils of the politics of child care: Reality check [CA]
by Gray, John / CBC Online, 3 May 06

>> Quebec will tax child-care benefit [CA-QC]
by Richer, Jocelyn / Canadian Press, 3 May 06

>> Plan favours stay-at-home parents [CA]
by Galloway, Gloria / Globe and Mail, 3 May 06

>> Parents forced to lower expectations [CA]
by Monsebraaten, Laurie / Toronto Star, 2 May 06

>> An open letter to Jim Flaherty [CA]
by Cleveland, Gordon & Krashinsky, Michael / Toronto Star, 1 May 06

>> The boardroom or romper room? [CA]
by Brethour, Patrick / Globe and Mail, 1 May 06

>> Daycare activists have to adapt [CA]
by Goar, Carol / Toronto Star, 1 May 06

>> Public daycare helps fuel Quebec work force [CA]
by Peritz, Ingrid / Globe and Mail, 1 May 06

>> Child-care plan slammed [CA]
by White, Tarina / Calgary Sun, 30 Apr 06

>> Harper's Maritime tour met by child-care protests [CA], 29 Apr 06

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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

8. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 4

Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

May 4, 2006

Today's subjects include: College Financial Aid – Opinion // Immigration and Race // Immigration – Opinion // ‘Cover The Uninsured Week’ – Opinion // Social Disadvantage And Illness in Children // Minimum Wage – Commentary // Public Assistance Caseloads – Utah // Health Care Program – Wisconsin, Massachusetts // Health Insurance – Utah // Child Care – Indiana // Early Childhood Education – California // High School Dropouts – Indiana // Minimum Wage – Florida // Homelessness – California

May 1, 2006

Today's subjects include: Minimum Wage and Poverty - Opinion // Rural Poverty - Minnesota // Working Poor - Lima, OH // Child Poverty - North Carolina // Promoting Marriage - Washington, DC // Help for Single Mothers - Utah // Help for Teenage Mothers - Indiana // Child Care for Mothers Working Late Shift - Milwaukee // Early Childhood Education - Wichita, KS // School Choice and Income Diversity - Minneapolis // Children's Health Insurance Program - Texas // Lack of Health Insurance - Los Angeles // Food Assistance - Livingston County, MI // Predatory Lending - Illinois // High Schooler's View of Poverty

Each of the weekly digests offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf [ ] to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- April 27, 2006
- April 20
- April 13
- April 6
- March 30

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to August 2005, 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

9. U.S. Study finds that full-time stay-at-homes would make over $130,000 - May 3, 2006

From The Scout Report, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.):

Study finds that full-time stay-at-homes would make over $130,000
May 3, 2006
NEW YORK - A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a judge, according to a study released on Wednesday.

What a life: Working 9 to 5?and 6 to midnight..

What is Mom?s Job Worth?

Mommy Talk: Misconceptions about Working Moms

Digital History: Mothers and Fathers in America: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Working Moms Refuge

Over the past hundred years, a number of economic and social transformations have resulted in dramatic changes to the American family structure. While debates about this complex topic rages on, one thing is certain: Stay-at-home moms do a great deal of work, and the work encompasses everything from managing household finances to counseling children (and sometimes even their own spouse). This week, the staff at Waltham-based released an intriguing study that shows that a full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if she were paid for all the diverse tasks she performs. This amount is similar to the annual wage earned by an ad executive or judge. In order to tabulate these predicted earnings, the survey administrators calculated the earning power of the jobs that 'most closely comprise a mother's role?. Of course, this included such professions as janitor, van driver, psychologists, day-care teacher, as well as several others. Some of the prevailing sentiment among mothers upon hearing about the study can be summed up best by the forthright remarks made by Dr. Laura Riley, a mother of two: "There is no price tag-I'm priceless."

The first link [above] leads to coverage of this story from, complete with a video commentary by newscaster, Lisa Daniels. The second link will take users to a piece from this Wednesday?s Boston Herald that offers additional insight into the study. The third link takes users to the special page on the wages of stay-at-homes created by The fourth link whisks users away to a very interesting commentary by Marci Laehr (a working mom) on the debates about whether or not to stay-at home full-time after the birth of a child. Visitors can also chime in with their own opinions here, if they so desire. The fifth link leads to a fine essay offered by Professor Steven Mintz of the University of Utah on the changing roles of mothers and fathers in America over the past few hundred years. The final link, appropriately enough, leads to a bit of an electronic refuge for working moms. Here users will find tips for single moms seeking to maintain some balance between their careers and their family life.

The six links and the review above are from The Scout Report,
Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

Related Link - I thought I'd throw this one in for all the Moms out there, just in time for Mother's Day coming up...

Mom Salary Wizard
"Are you wondering what mom should be paid for her work as mom? has now valuated the "mom job" of both the Working and Stay at Home Mom! We consulted Stay at Home and Working Moms to determine the top 10 jobs that make up a mom's job description. If paid, Stay at Home Moms would earn $134,121 annually (up from 2005's salary of $131,471). Working Moms would earn $85,876 annually for the "mom job" portion of their work, in addition to their actual "work job" salary."

- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page:

10. Policy Hub Bulletin: April 2006 issue
(U.K. Government)

Policy Hub Bulletin: April 2006 issue (U.K. Government)
The purpose of the Policy Hub bulletin is to highlight some of the latest research that's featured on the Policy Hub website. The bulletin is divided into three sections: Better Policy Making - Evaluating Policy - Improving Delivery --- and it also includes a Website of the Month.
Here's just a selection of the content in the April 2006 issue of the Policy Hub Bulletin (click the link above to access these articles and more) :
- Persistence of poverty across generations
- Health and social care
- Legal work for illegal workers
- Good care for older people
- Crime prevention policy options
- Youth custody and community services (Statistics Canada)
- Consumer views on paying for long-term care
- Health Survey for England 2004 updates
- Education Indicators (Statistics Canada)
- Action plan for the ten year Child care Strategy
- Global guidelines for early childhood education - Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto)
- Changing behaviour to prevent crime - HO report - provides an overview and key findings of a joint project to examine ways to incentivise businesses and individuals to prevent crime.
Website of the Month
- Social Policy Research Unit (part of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York in England)

Sign up to receive an e-mail alert when the latest issue of the monthly Bulletin is posted on the Policy Hub website.
You don't actually receive the bulletin content - just the notification that it's available online and the URL to access the page.

News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins

Publications - 200+ links
A-Z Key Links - Index of resources featured on Policy Hub

Policy Hub - 'the first port of call for improvements in policy making and delivery'
Policy Hub is a website, developed by the Government Social Research Unit, which aims to improve the way public policy is shaped and delivered.
It provides:
* tailored access to initiatives, projects and tools that support better policy making and delivery
* extensive guidance on the use of research and evidence in the evaluation of policy
* links to a wide range of research resources and tools from the UK and around the world

Government Social Research: Analysis for Policy
- "Career information, news, training, events and the latest methodological developments for government social researchers
(...) Members of the Government Social Research service (GSR) are based in 20 government departments. The service is led by the Chief Government Social Researcher, Sue Duncan, who is supported by the Government Social Research Unit - GSRU. The team works in partnership with several cross-government committees of social researchers.
The report of the Better Regulation Task Force (Local Delivery of Central Government) published in July 2002 recommended that Policy Hub should be developed as the key gateway for promoting best practice, guidance and case studies to policy makers.

Cabinet Office
The Cabinet Office is at the centre of Government, coordinating policy and strategy across government departments

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page:

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Prison versus Work

In prison you spend the majority of your time in an 8' X 10' cell.
At work you spend most of your time in a 6' X 8' cubicle.

In prison you get three meals a day.
At work you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for that one.

In prison you get time off for good behavior.
At work you get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

In prison a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
At work you must carry around a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison you can watch TV and play games.
At work you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison they ball-and-chain you when you go somewhere.
At work you are just ball-and-chained.

In prison you get your own loo.
At work you have to share.

In prison they allow your family and friends to visit.
At work you cannot even speak to your family and friends.

In prison all expenses are paid by taxpayers, with no work required.
At work you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for the prisoners.

In prison you can join many programs which you can leave at any time.
At work there are some programs you can never get out of.

In prison there are wardens who are often sadistic.
At work we have managers.