Our Research

Toward a More Diverse and Resilient Education Sector
REPORT March 2nd
What Do They Deliver?
REPORT February 10th
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.