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Institute releases AmericasBarometer Canada 2012 study

ab_presentation_photoOn November 15, the Institute released a major study of democracy and governance in Canada, as part of the 26 country AmericasBarometer survey. The AmericasBarometer (www.AmericasBarometer.org) is
a multi-country public opinion survey on democracy and governance in the Americas, conducted every two years by a consortium of academic and think-tank partners spanning the western hemisphere.

The survey covers a wide range of issues, including:
•    Civic and political engagement
•    Confidence in democracy and the political system
•    Rule of law, crime and corruption
•    Economic security

The study reveals that Canadians continue to be among the most positive of citizens across the western hemisphere about their system of government, but no longer stand out quite as much as before.

Read the report here.

New survey on how Canadians define the common good

What values and priorities do Canadians believe define what is best for the country?  How do they think fundamental differences in priorities can best be reconciled?

trudeau-foundationThese questions are the focus of a new national survey conducted by the Environics Institute, in collaboration with the Trudeau Foundation and the University of Alberta, as part of the Trudeau Foundation’s Ninth Annual Policy Conference taking place in Edmonton November 22- 24, 2012. Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman will be presenting the survey results to conference delegates.

The survey was released today, with coverage in the Globe and Mail and Le Devoir

Read the full report.

Current Projects

Black Experience Project community engagement underway

The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, United Way of Toronto, the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, is undertaking a ground-breaking research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

trailblazers1 Phase One of the project involves extensive engagement with the Black  community across the GTA, to ensure the research focuses on the issues and questions of greatest relevance to the community, and will contribute to strengthening its capacity.

Phase One kicked off on September 28 with an in-depth discussion with 35 community leaders (trailblazers), hosted by Ryerson University. Another 15 sessions are now taking place across the region, with the assistance of many collaborating partners, including Midanyta Community Services, the United Black Students Conference, and the Peel Social Planning Council.

Read more about the Black Experience Project

Focus Canada 2012 survey focusing on “the ties that bind”

The Environics Institute is now conducting the 2012 edition of Focus Canada, an annual public opinion survey which takes the pulse of the Canadian public on a wide range of public policy and social issues.

focus-canadaThis year’s survey explores “the ties that bind” focusing on how Canadians view the country’s economic and social fabric through the lens of such issues as federalism and equalization, Quebec sovereignty, Canada-US relations, and the country’s evolving diversity.

The survey will be completed early in December, with results released early in 2013. 

Curious to know more about Focus Canada? Read the 2011 Report.

At The Institute

Institute contributing to the education of the Canadian Judiciary

national_judicial_instituteExecutive Director Keith Neuman is now a regular contributor to an ongoing educational program for newly-appointed Federal Judges, which is organized by the National Justice Institute (NJI) and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).  He has participated as faculty since August 2011, and his most recent appearance was in mid-October 2012.

Keith’s role is to provide judges with an in-depth view of important trends in demography, public opinion and social values, to help them better understand how Canada is changing, and the social context underlying the cases and individuals they are being asked to adjudicate.

Who We Are

The Environics Institute ma_sepiafor Survey Research was established by Michael Adams in 2006 to promote relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change.

In democracies today, survey research-when responsibly done and accurately reported - makes an essential contribution to good governance and meeting societal challenges.  Such research is key to helping organizations and citizens better understand our world as it is today, how it is changing, and where it may be heading.

Integral to the Institute's approach is:  a) early consultation and engagement with populations to be surveyed to ensure a respectful approach in how the research is conducted; and b) broad dissemination of research findings to stimulate constructive discourse and informed responses to these findings.

For more information about the Institute and its mission, see www.environicsinstitute.org

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