Checklist: Learning About Your Community

This checklist will help hub developers/ planners think about what their community has, what it needs, and what larger influences may be impacting it.  Additional checklists are available from this section of the Community hubs Australia website. Learning About Your Community

Collaborating for Greater Impact: Building an Integrated Data Ecosystem

This report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series analyzes how charities, funders, governments and academic institutions can create a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing for the charitable sectors in both Canada and the UK.Canada and the UK.Data about the charitable sector is a strategically important asset. But as we move towards […]

Action for Neighbourhood Change: A Guide for Neighbourhood Planning

Tamarack’s Deepening Community explores programs, policies and practices that strengthen communities and neighbourhoods and mobilize citizen leadership to enhance social capital. Working with local residents, not-for-profit agencies and public and private sector partners, Action for Neighbourhood Change took place between 2005-2007 in Surrey, Regina, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Halifax. This Guide is one of a […]

The Fact-Finder’s Guide to Local & Regional Data

This extensive  document was prepared as a project of the Rural Ontario Institute under the Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative. This Guide focuses on sources of data that are available from Canadian federal departments and agencies, including 2011 census data. The objective was to document the data from federal agencies that are available for geographic […]

Focus on Rural Ontario Fact Sheets

While data is available on a community basis directly from Statistics Canada, analysis across Ontario geographies requires a significant investment of time to differentiate any rural versus urban trends. Organizations or municipalities in rural and small town Ontario may not have the resources to compare local happenings with broader trends. Rural Ontario Institute has produced […]

Feasibility Study of Community Hubs for the Parramatta Local Government Area

This paper is primarily a feasibility study that explores the concept of community hubs and defines how community hubs could be developed in the Parramatta area (Australia). The paper includes input from stakeholders regarding what community hubs will mean for the Parramatta area. Useful definitions as well as case studies are provided. This paper could […]

Conducting a Community Assessment: A Capacity Builder’s Resource Library

National Resource Center (2010) The findings from an assessment will define the extent of the needs that exist in a community and the depth of the assets available within the community to address those needs. This understanding of needs and assets can be used to strategically plan and deliver relevant, successful, and timely services. The […]

Big Data for Small Places Workbook

The Measuring Rural Community Vitality Initiative for the Rural Ontario Institute developed  this workbook to improve data literacy and usage for the benefit of communities and organizations. Big Data for Small Places Workbook

McQuesten Neighbourhood Profile

United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton commissioned the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton to profile Hamilton’s neighbourhoods so they could better meet the needs of these communities. This in-depth profile of McQuesten Neighbourhood shows detailed population data and data regarding employment, income support, poverty and housing. The profile also includes details about […]

Community Assessments Resource Sheet

Traditionally, the first stage of developing a new service initiative has involved a “Needs Assessment”. However, when a number of organizations are committed to co-creating a community hub for a shared cause, focusing only on “needs” may encourage narrow thinking. In contrast, a “Community Assessment” takes us beyond needs, to build a full, rich picture […]