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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 12, 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 1576 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. New Self-Sufficiency working papers (etc.) released in February, March by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
2. 2006 Provincial/Territorial Budgets:
--- Manitoba - March 6

--- Nunavut - February 22
--- Northwest Territories - February 2
3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, February 2006 - March 10
--- Canada at a Glance - March 10
--- Mortality, summary list of causes in 2001 - March 9
--- Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report ($) - March 7
4. Horizons Magazine: Social Economy -- February 2006 Issue (Policy Research Initiative)
5. World Forum 2006 - Future Directions in Child Care [child welfare] (November 19 – 22, 2006 in Vancouver) - Call for Papers

6. International Women's Day (Government of Canada / United Nations) - March 8
7. International Women’s Day and Child Care (Childcare Resource and Research Unit) - March 8
8. Reports on Ontario Works (welfare) and social services in Toronto (City of Toronto Social Services)
9. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - March 10

International Content

10. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- March 9
11. Policy Hub Bulletin: monthly online bulletin (February 2006 Issue) - U.K.

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. New Self-Sufficiency working papers (etc.) released in February, March
(
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation)

New Working Papers from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
March 2006
- An Analysis of the Impact of the Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) on Wages
- An Econometric Analysis of the Incremental Impact of SSP Plus
- The Effects of Human Capital and Earnings Supplements on Income Assistance Dependence in Canada
- Evaluating Search and Matching Models Using Experimental Data
February 2006
- Understanding the Dynamic Effects of the Self-Sufficiency Project Applicant Study
- The Value of Non-market Time Lost During the Self-Sufficiency Project
- Distributional Impacts of the Self-Sufficiency Project: An Analysis of the Impact of SSP on Wages

Source:
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)

Related link:

The Self-Sufficiency Project

- Go to the Self-Sufficiency Project Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ssp.htm

2. 2006 Provincial/Territorial Budgets:
--- Manitoba (March 6)

--- Nunavut (February 22)
--- Northwest Territories (February 2)

Manitoba 2006 Budget - March 6, 2006
- incl. links to : Minister's Budget Message Speech - Budget In Brief - Budget Papers - The Manitoba Advantage - Community Economic Development - Modernizing Government - Revenue and Expenditures - Tax Savings Estimator - News Releases - 2006 Budget Documents Request Form
[ version française ]

Budget in Brief
Budget at a Glance (press release)

Google.ca News Search Results : "Manitoba Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Manitoba Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

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Nunavut Budget Address 2006-07 - February 22
- incl. links to Budget papers

Google.ca News Search Results : "Nunavut Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Nunavut Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

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Northwest Territories 2006-2007 Budget - February 2, 2006
- incl. links to Budget papers

Google.ca News Search Results : "Northwest Territories Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Northwest Territories Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

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- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Nunavut Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm

3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, February 2006 - March 10
--- Canada at a Glance - March 10
--- Mortality, summary list of causes in 2001 - March 9
--- Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report ($) - March 7

March 10, 2006
Labour Force Survey, February 2006
Employment increased by an estimated 25,000 in February as a large gain in part time more than offset losses in full time. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 6.4%, matching the 30-year low set in November 2005.

March 10, 2006
Canada at a Glance 2006 (PDF file - 1MB, 27 pages)
(under "The Daily - New products")
"Canada at a glance presents the current Canadian demographic, education, health, justice, housing, income, labour market, economic, travel, financial, and foreign trade statistics. This booklet also includes important international comparisons, so that readers can see how Canada stacks up against its neighbours. Updated yearly, Canada at a glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics."

March 9
Mortality, summary list of causes in 2001 (PDF file - 1MB, 134 pages)
March 2006
(under "The Daily - New products")
"This publication contains statistical tables showing the number of deaths by age, sex and grouped underlying cause for Canada, the provinces and territories. Also included are age-specific and age-standardized mortality rates by grouped underlying cause of death."

More health reports and statistics from StatCan - [ free reports ] - [ reports for sale ]

Source:
Health Statistics Division
[ Statistics Canada ]

March 7, 2006
Women in Canada
Women are playing stronger roles in the workplace and their profile is rising in many professional fields, according to a new assessment on the evolving status of women in Canadian society. However, the report still shows substantial gaps between the sexes in many key areas. The average earnings of employed women are still substantially lower than those of men, women make up a disproportionate share of the population with low incomes and women are much more likely than men to work part time. On the other hand, one of their real success stories has been the dramatic gain in the proportion of women with a university degree. Women are still slightly less likely than men to have a university degree. But the gap is much narrower than in the past.
The current situation for women is assessed in the fifth edition of the compendium Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report, available today ($49).
This 300-page report provides a statistical overview of their demographic characteristics, family arrangements, health, education, employment and unpaid work activity, income, housing, and criminal victimization.
Click the link above for more highlights from the report.

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

4. Horizons Magazine: Social Economy -- February 2006 Issue
(Policy Research Initiative)

Horizons - Social Economy
February 2006 Issue
Volume 8 Number 2
- incl. links to : Introduction - Feature Articles - Eyewitness Reports - Book Reviews - Data for Policy Research - Bookmarks - Population Aging and Life-Course Flexibility Project - PRI Horizons Team
HTML version - table of contents with links to individual sections
PDF version - complete issue - 659K, 74 pages

Sample content from this issue:
(use either of the two links above to access all of this content and more)

Social Economy: Entrepreneurial Spirit in Community Service
The Government of Canada and the Social Economy
The Social Economy in Canada: Concepts, Data and Measurement
The Social Purchasing Portal: A Tool to Blend Values
The Role of Government in Supporting the Social Economy
International Conference on Engaging Communities
Co-operative Membership and Globalization (Book review)
An Analysis of Social Capital and Health Using a Network Approach: Findings and Limitations
Aboriginal Policy Research Conference 2006 (Bookmark)
Population aging and life-course flexibility project of PRI
More --- click the link above for links to two dozen articles, reviews, etc.

Source:
Policy Research Initiative (PRI)
"The PRI, while conducting independent policy research projects, is attached to the Privy Council Office through the Plans and Consultation Branch. The PRI currently has five horizontal research projects: Population Aging and Life-course Flexibility * New Approaches for Addressing Poverty and Exclusion * Social Capital as a Public Policy Tool * North American Linkages * Sustainable Development (Freshwater Management)."

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

5. World Forum 2006 - Future Directions in Child Care [child welfare] (November 19 – 22, 2006 in Vancouver)
- Call for Papers

World Forum 2006 - Future Directions in Child Care
November 19 – 22, 2006 in Vancouver, BC
This international conference will explore and share knowledge, information, data and on promising practices and innovative approaches to prevention and response to child abuse and neglect.

Call For Papers
February 20 to April 15

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm
- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

6. International Women's Day - March 8
(Government of Canada / United Nations)

From the Government of Canada What's New [by date] page:

[ 2006-03-08 ] March 8: International Women's Day - Status of Women Canada
[ 2006-03-08 ] Statement by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, on the Occasion of International Women's Day
[ 2006-03-08 ] National Defence: Air Force Celebrates International Women's Week
[ 2006-03-07 ] Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of International Women's Day March 8, 2006
[ 2006-03-07 ] International Development Research Centre: International Women's Day, March 8, 2006
[ 2006-03-06 ] National Defence: International Women's Week - Backgrounder

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International Women's Day - March 8, 2006
Women in decision-making : meeting challenges, creating change

- incl. links to : Message of the Secretary-General - Women in Decision-Making - Commemoration - UN Webcast - History of the Day - Commission on the Status of Women - WomenWatch - UN News Centre - Press Releases - Resources - Women's Day 2005 - UN Home
Source:
United Nations

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Google Web Search Results:
"International Women’s Day"
Google News search Results:
"International Women’s Day"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

7. International Women’s Day and Child Care - March 8
(Childcare Resource and Research Unit)

IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY...MARCH 8, 1986
by Martha Friendly
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
March 2006
International Women’s Day 2006 is the twentieth anniversary of the Report of the federal government’s first and only Task Force on Child Care. The key recommendation of the "Katie Cooke Task Force" was a universal system of child care – co-funded by federal and provincial governments. It would have affordable parent fees, would be designed and managed by the provinces under national standards and would be built through a gradual increase in the supply of regulated child care until the year 2001 when it would serve all children and families. The cost at that time, the Task Force calculated, would be $11.3 billion.

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
(University of Toronto)

Also by Martha Friendly:

Child Care and Canadian Federalism in the 1990s:
Canary in a Coal Mine
(PDF file - 275K, 49 pages)
Martha Friendly
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Centre for Urban and Community Studies
University of Toronto
August 2000

Related Links:

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) and Canadian women
"
This Issue File collects selected readings that recognize the importance of accessible and affordable ELCC to women’s economic equality and to fully engaging in society.
This Issue File is organized into five sections:
- online contextual information about the conditions facing women in Canada;
- online documents about Canada’s international commitments and ELCC;
- online documents that feature the importance of ELCC for women’s equality;
- print resources; and
- useful websites for additional readings.

Indepth: Day care in Canada
Source:
CBC

Un Québec fou de ses garderies - [français]
Source:
Archives Radio-Canada

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm
- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

8. Reports on Ontario Works (welfare) and social services in Toronto
(City of Toronto Social Services)

Reports and Research on Ontario Works (welfare) and social services in Toronto
(City of Toronto Social Services)

Living the Vision (PDF file - 681K, 31 pages)
September 2002
- offers an overview of how the City of Toronto delivers social assistance programs and services to the city's residents.

After Ontario Works (PDF file - 281K, 47 pages)
May 2002 (File revised June 2004)
- survey of people who left Ontario Works in Toronto in 2001 --- former social assistance recipients, discussing why they left the program, how they fared, and whether they were better off after leaving.

Social Assistance & Social Exclusion:
June 2004
Findings from Toronto Social Services' 2003 survey of single parents on Ontario Works describes the characteristics and experiences of single parents in the Ontario Works program in Toronto within the context of the labour market, their communities and their homes.
2003 Survey of Single Parents on Ontario Works
(PDF file - 906K, 68 pages)
2003 Presentation on Survey of Single Parents on Ontario Works
(PDF file - 252K, 22 pages)

Housing and Homelessness Report Card 2003
Despite Toronto's strong economy, many people in need of affordable housing are being left behind, according to the Toronto Report Card on Housing and Homelessness 2003.
- also includes links to homelessness report cards for 2001 and 2000

Cracks in the Foundation: Community Agency Survey 2003
(PDF file - 5.2MB, 46 pages)
Community agencies play a key role in the delivery of human services in Toronto. This report examines the current issues facing community-based human services in the City.

kids@computers
Scholarship Project
Building bridges, giving hope,investing in the future

(PDF file - 813K, 8 pages)
January 2004
“The City of Toronto’s kids@computers Scholarship Project provides computers and Internet access to children of disadvantaged families in Toronto to help them keep pace in the classroom and acquire skills that will serve them well in the job market of tomorrow. Aimed at bridging the digital divide, this initiative is built upon an innovative partnership combining resources from across the City of Toronto with
those of sponsors such as Microsoft. By the end of 2003, over 6,000 children in 3,000 families will have received a home computer and basic computer training through kids@computers."

June 14, 2005
Memorandum to Community Services Committee
From Heather MacVicar, General Manager, Social Services Division
Subject:
Kids @ Computers Scholarship Project – Impacts, Outreach and Recognition
(PDF file 129K, 14 pages)
"Purpose:
To describe the accomplishments of the Kids @ Computers Scholarship Project since 2001, including its recent selection as the 2005 recipient of the Willis Award for Innovation by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and its contribution to Toronto’s selection as one of 2005’s top seven intelligent communities in the world."

March 6, 2003
Memorandum to Community Services Committee
From Heather MacVicar, General Manager, Social Services Division
To: Community Services Committee
From: Commissioner, Community and Neighbourhood Services
Subject:
Ontario Works Benefit Rates: Loss of Purchasing Power Since 1995
(PDF file - 208K, 20 pages)
"Purpose:
This report discusses the progressive loss of purchasing power for persons participating in the Ontario Works (OW) program in Toronto as a result of steadily rising costs of living and social assistance rates which have remained unchanged since 1995. The report first examines the sufficiency of benefits, compared with standard of living indicators for Toronto residents as a whole. It then considers the adequacy of both the shelter and basic needs components of the monthly OW benefit. Finally, the report describes a proposal put forward by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) intended to help address these and other key issues concerning OW."
["Together with the 1995 reductions, social assistance rates have fallen by almost 35 percent in real and relative terms over the past eight years." --- Excerpt from page 2]

9. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - March 10
(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 content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

10-Mar-06

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WHAT’S NEW
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>> What do we know about quality in early learning and child care, and what do we think? A literature review
by Friendly, Martha; Beach, Jane & Doherty, Gillian
Working document from CRRU’s Quality by Design project "reviews the literature on ideas, research, policy and practice vis-à-vis quality in ELCC."

>> It was twenty years ago today...March 8, 1986
by Friendly, Martha
BRIEFing NOTE from CRRU takes a look back at the 1986 Katie Cooke Task Force report. French version now available.

>> Women in Canada 2005
Article from Statistics Canada’s "The Daily" summarizes the fifth edition of the research compendium "Women in Canada: A gender-based statistical report."

>> Partnership for Inclusion: Nova Scotia – An evaluation based on the first cohort of child care centres
Report from the University of Guelph & SpeciaLink evaluates a pilot project that combines assessment, on-site consultation, and the provision of resources and personal support to staff in child care centres.

>> 2006 Report Card on the status of women in New Brunswick
Statistical profile from New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women "paints a picture of continued progress in some areas and of stagnation or increasing concern in others."

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Why is Binns backing PM on child care? [CA-PE]
Guardian (Charlottetown), 10 Mar 06

>> Liberals, NDP unite on child-care [CA]
by Bailey, Sue / Canadian Press, 10 Mar 06

>> Cradle snatcher [AU]
by Hills, Ben / Sydney Morning Herald, 10 Mar 06

>> Save daycare, or kill the government [CA]
by Ryan, Sid (President of CUPE Ontario) / Toronto Sun, 10 Mar 06

>> Day care rents to rise up to 600% [CA-BC]
by Edmonds, Eve / Richmond News, 10 Mar 06

>> Groups speak out on child care, pay equity [CA-NL]
Telegram (St. John's, Nfld and Lab), 9 Mar 06

>> View on child care [CA-PE]
by Pursey, Carl (president of the P.E.I. Federation of Labour) / Guardian (Charlottetown), 9 Mar 06

>> Rival MPs unite to protect plan for child care [CA]
by Mills, Andrew / Toronto Star, 9 Mar 06

>> Advocates use Women’s Day as day care forum [CA-AB]
by Holubitsky, Jeff / Edmonton Journal, 8 Mar 06

>> Women's groups urge Harper to stick to child care agreements [CA]
by Canadian Press, 8 Mar 06

>> Working women are still a long way from equality [CA]
by Riley, Susan / Victoria Times Colonist, 8 Mar 06

>> Diane Finley one on one with Mike Duffy[CA]
CTV News and Current Affairs, 7 Mar 06

>> Putting a price on our children [AU]
by Clausen, Lisa / Time Pacific Magazine, 6 Mar 06

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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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

Also from CRRU:

Towards a national system of early learning and child care
Regularly updated
NOTE: this is a large (and growing) collection that includes government and non-governmental reports, press releases, news articles and other documents dealing with the new federal-provincial-territorial arrangements for early learning and child care in Canada.

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

10. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- March 9

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
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)

March 9, 2006

Today's subjects include: Welfare Reform – Commentary // Federal Budget And Social Services – Opinion // Higher Education For Low-Income Students // Matched Savings Program – Milwaukee, WI // Proposed Sick Leave Law – Madison, WI // W-2 Rolls – Wisconsin // Food Assistance – Ohio, Northern Minnesota // Food Stamp Distribution System – Ohio // Foster Care – California // Court-Provided Child Support Lawyers – New Jersey // Wireless Internet System – Washington, D.C. // Early Childhood Education – Milwaukee, WI, Minnesota // Charter Schools – Milwaukee, WI // Socioeconomic School Integration – Racine, WI // Remediating Displaced New Orleans Students – Texas // Minimum Wage – Ohio, Michigan // Low-Income Heating Assistance – Wisconsin

March 6, 2006

Today's subjects include: New Orleans and Federal Antipoverty Efforts - Opinion // Welfare Reform and Workers on Medicaid - Opinion // Proposal to Eliminate SIPP - Editorial // Demographic Trends in America - Commentary // Affordable Housing // Series on Poverty - Quad Cities, Illinois and Iowa // State Taxes and the Poor - Michigan // Birth Control and Welfare Costs - Michigan // Benefits of Early Childhood Education - Milwaukee // Family Poverty and Student Achievement - Colorado // Results of No Child Left Behind - Cincinnati Area // Student Achievement Gap - New York, California // Homelessness - Los Angeles

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 [ jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu ] 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...

Source:
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:

- March 2 , 2006
- February 23, 2006
- February 16
- February 9
- February 2

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: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

11. Policy Hub Bulletin: monthly online bulletin - U.K.
February 2006 Issue

Policy Hub Bulletin: February 2006 issue - U.K.
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 sampling of the content in the February 2006 issue of the Policy Hub Bulletin (click the link above to access these articles and more) :
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Impact of stroke
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New immigrants in neighbourhoods
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UK immigration thirty years ago and today compared
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Restorative justice
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Impact of education systems on social mobility
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Asylum: Section 9 in practice
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Benefits of pre-school education
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Child poverty
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Immigration, social cohesion and social capital
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Value of spending on the health service
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Website of the Month: Caledon Institute of Social Policy

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

Source:
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

Related link:

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.

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm



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Forest Service Feedback
These quotations are actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by hikers completing wilderness camping trips.

* "Escalators would help on steep uphill sections."

* "A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."

* "Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness."

* "Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."

* "Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals."

* "All the mile markers are missing this year."

* "Found a smoldering cigarette left by a horse."

* "Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."

* "Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."

* "Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow in the winter."

* "Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."

* "The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals."

* "Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."

* "A McDonald's would be nice at the trailhead."

* "The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."

* "Too many rocks in the mountains."

* "Need more signs to keep area pristine."

Source:
Things People Said
http://rinkworks.com/said/forest.shtml

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