Current and Completed Projects:
Career pathways for visible minority newcomer women
SRDC is carrying out a study to identify approaches and interventions to support programming for visible minority newcomer women. The results from the study will help shape a three-year pilot with the aim to learn about new initiatives and to use the results to improve programs, policies, and practices for newcomers.
Start-end date: July 2018 - April 2019
Sponsor: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Evaluation of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades
The BC Centre for Women in the Trades is created to address workforce retention priorities for tradeswomen, supporting their career advancement and retention in the building trades. It was launched in 2018 with funding for two years. SRDC will be conducting the evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is to measure the effects of the program activities and, specifically, to assess the three program components: outreach and mentorship for tradeswomen, shifting the culture through leadership development and training, and building workforce diversity through organizational capacity building. The BC Federation of Labour is implementing the Centre in partnership with the BC Building Trades, the BC Tradeswomen Society, Construction Labour Relations, and the BC LNG Alliance.
Start-end date: June 2018 - April 2020
Sponsor: B.C. Federation of Labour
Development of Business Case for Work Integrated Learning in Mining
This project is outlining the business case for work-integrated learning in the mining industry through interviews with industry stakeholders and secondary research on the benefits of work-integrated learning in mining and other sectors.
Start-end date: March 2018 - June 2018
Sponsor: Mining Industry Human Resources Council
Advancing Women's Heart Health Evaluation
A general lack of awareness of how heart disease and stroke present differently in women and men is compounded by knowledge gaps among health professionals, leading to a predominantly male model of research and care. In response, Heart & Stroke – with support from Health Canada – has developed the Advancing Women’s Heart Health Project. Through leadership, research, partnership, and capacity building, this project aims to change the way in which heart health research is funded, conducted, and applied in Canada so that it accounts for gender and racial disparities and redresses health inequities. SRDC has been hired to develop a logic model and frameworks for performance measurement and evaluation, as well as data collection tools and an analysis plan for this initiative.
Start-end date: March 2017 - March 2018
Sponsor: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Development of a performance measurement framework for a women in trades initiative
SRDC is developing a performance measurement framework and an evaluation strategy for a women in trades initiative on behalf of BuildForce Canada. The project will see the development, implementation, and evaluation of a tool for employers and online training for staff to support diversity policies and respectful workplaces.
Start-end date: January 2017 - March 2017
Sponsor: BuildForce Canada
Women in Trades – Implementation Options and Recommended Pilot Projects
Following the completion of a comprehensive needs analysis for women in BC’s skilled trades, SRDC held a facilitated workshop to present and discuss its findings with a series of industry, union, and government stakeholders. Based on the research results and stakeholder input, SRDC is preparing a series of recommended pilot projects for the implementation and evaluation of women in trades programming for British Columbia.
Start-end date: January 2017 - February 2017
Needs Analysis for Mentoring and Support Services for Women in the Trades
Women are consistently underrepresented in the skilled building trades. While efforts have been made to encourage women to enter the trades as a career option, significant challenges remain for those already in the trades and retention rates are low. The BC Government aims to develop a support system for women in skilled trades including networking and mentorship training to support new apprentices. This project lays the ground work for development of these services by exploring the challenges faced by women in the skilled trades and the kinds of supports that would help improve retention. The research includes a series of focus groups across the province with women currently in the skilled trades, both union and non-union, and with a sample of women who have recently left the trades. Consultations are conducted with employers to explore their hiring decisions.
Government of British Columbia news release
Start-end date: May 2016 - December 2016
Women Gaining Ground Research Study
SRDC was engaged by the United Way of Greater Toronto to inform the further development of their Career Navigator program to better meet the needs of young women facing multiple barriers to employment, by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and service/support needs of this group. The study includes a systematic literature and evidence review, and interviews and focus groups to identify and understand: the main barriers (environmental/external and personal) that young women facing multiple barriers are experiencing while transitioning into the labour market; evidence-informed and promising approaches for serving young women with multiple barriers; how the current Career Navigator program is addressing barriers and where there might be gaps; and how adjustments to program design/delivery can be implemented in a way that works for both jobseekers and employers.
Start-end date: September 2015 - January 2016
Sponsor: United Way of Greater Toronto
House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women
To provide expert advice on the consequences and effects the current Employment Insurance program has on women in Canada.
Start-end date: April 2009 - April 2009
Sponsor: House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women