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INFORMING POLICY AND PRACTICE

We generate knowledge by funding and conducting research and evaluation, and by managing, linking, and analyzing data. We measure the impact of how we influence positive changes for children and families.

PolicyWise is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation. We are managed by a President and CEO and governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. Our employees are experts in applied research and evaluation, data science, knowledge mobilization, communications, and administration.

Vision:

Alberta is a leader in creating and mobilizing evidence to ensure the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

Mission:

To develop and integrate evidence to inform, identify and promote effective public policy and service delivery to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.

Values

We are guided by our values and commit to being:

  • Impactful
  • Innovative
  • Transparent
  • Ethical
  • Quality focused
Our Foundation:
  • Trusted relationships
  • Trusted approaches
  • Trusted evidence

FEATURED VIDEO

PolicyWise (formerly the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research) exists to improve child wellbeing by conducting, funding and mobilizing research for evidence-informed policy and practice.

PolicyWise was established as a not-for-profit corporation in 2003 and is a partnership between Alberta’s universities, the community and the Government of Alberta. We are a provincial organization, governed by a Board of Directors, managed by a President and CEO and supported by a team of individuals with expertise in applied research, data science, knowledge mobilization, communications and administration.

PolicyWise distinguishes itself through our focus on generating evidence to inform social policy, our collaborative approach and organizational structure: a formal bridge between government, academia, and the community. With the development of the longitudinal study in 2007, we have played a unique role in the analysis and interpretation of linked administrative data collected across all child and youth serving ministries. It is the only such data laboratory in Canada.

RECENT NEWS

ABNN Data to Action Day

On February 5, 2019, PolicyWise for Children & Families, in partnership with the Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN), facilitated the one-day Data to Action event in Edmonton. The purpose was focused on learning and developing better data competency. Participants worked together with other…

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SAGE in Review

Here is a quick summary of the Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence (SAGE) work we did in the last 3 years! Want to learn more and collaborate with us? Contact us at data@policywise.ca. To download the infographic, click here.

Consent, Privacy, & Data Governance: A summary of what Bissell Centre participants have to say

The Bissell Centre recently consulted their clients’ opinion on consent, privacy, and data governance. Among the topics discussed, the clients emphasized the importance of ownership, control, and security of their information.