Our Research

The Long, Quiet Work of Faith and Public Good
REPORT January 28th

Religion and religious groups have been integral to villages, towns, and cities for millennia. This remains true for communities today where the presence of congregations is evident. In the case of Guelph, iconic stone churches reflect the long-standing work of the faith community. The work of these communities isn’t always as visible. In this brief case study, we examine a particular set of dynamics that involve a range of congregational actors as they have developed strategies to make Guelph a better place to live for everyone.

Pursuing Excellence in Christian Education: Environmental Education
REPORT January 16th

What can schools do to promote environmental education? 

Researchers went on site in search of promising practices and excellence in Christian education. This is what they found. Read on.

Pursuing Excellence in Christian Education: Indigenous Perspectives
REPORT January 16th

What can schools do to promote indigenous education and reconciliation? 

Researchers went on site in search of promising practices and excellence in Christian education. This is what they found. Read on.

Pursuing Excellence in Christian Education: Civic Engagement
REPORT January 16th

What can schools do to promote civic engagement? 

Researchers went on site in search of promising practices and excellence in Christian education. This is what they found. Read on.

Negotiating the Complexity of Local Economic Development
REPORT December 19th

How can a local congregation directly support its neighbourhood economic growth for the common good? This Social Cities profile examines the lessons learned when the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York undertook to establish the Westminster Economic Development Initiative to improve the quality of life for their neighbours and extended communities.

Work is About More Than Money
REPORT December 17th

There is a large hole in our public talk about work and wages. Reviewing the latest research, "Work is About More Than Money" uncovers the personal, social and psychological costs of unemployment. It identifies the missing pieces in our thinking and policymaking about labour to show why it is urgent to attend to the non-monetary benefits of work.

People Over Paperwork
REPORT November 12th

Workers in Ontario’s long-term care homes provide care and support for thousands of seniors every day—but there are not nearly enough of them. 

The demand for long-term care beds is rising, yet care workers' wages have fallen. Increased regulation, meanwhile, is forcing these workers to spend more time filling out paperwork, taking time away from hands-on care for residents. 

This report examines the labour market challenges facing Ontario's long-term care workers and urges government to join long-term care employers and labour in implementing solutions.

Making the Public-Good Case for Private Schools
REPORT October 31st

This panel discussion with Ashley Berner, Derrell Bradford, and Ray Pennings proposes ideas and innovations to redefine public education. Held in Washington, D.C. in 2019, it explores the findings of nearly ten years of research into education outcomes through the Cardus Education Survey.

Who Are You? Reaffirming Human Dignity
REPORT October 28th

“Know thyself.” 

This ancient Greek maxim is popular today, but also widely misunderstood. Self knowledge goes deeper than awareness of your likes, dislikes, and personal interests. To know who you are, is to know what you are. 

What kind of being am I? What does it mean to be human? Do I have dignity? Who Are You? Reaffirming Human Dignity from the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute will help you answer these questions.  

Cardus Education Survey 2018: Rethinking Public Education
REPORT October 7th

The United States is ready for a more inclusive definition of public education. Based on a decade’s worth of research, Rethinking Public Education: Including All Schools that Contribute to the Public Good, argues that private schools contribute to American public education in tangible and measurable ways. Read on to learn why a modern, inclusive, and pluralistic public education system would take those contributions into account and include all types of schools – public and private.