UPSKILL Health Study — Knowledge Synthesis Report - SRDC

UPSKILL Health Study — Knowledge Synthesis Report

Authors:Heather Smith FowlerGeneviève MákDominique LeonardDavid GyarmatiKelsey Brennan

UPSKILL Health was a research project designed to explore the relationship of literacy and essential skills (LES) — such as numeracy, document use, and oral communication — with health and performance, using data from a large, rigorous intervention study.

The original UPSKILL trial tested the effectiveness of workplace-based LES training for employees in the tourism accommodations sector. While health was one of many outcomes of interest in UPSKILL, this was studied in much greater depth in UPSKILL Health. The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is the Canadian non-profit research organization that developed and managed both UPSKILL and UPSKILL Health.

Funding for UPSKILL was provided by Employment and Social Development Canada; UPSKILL Health was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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