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We help our stakeholders to answer questions such as:

  • What are the outcomes we want to achieve?
  • How do we measure our progress toward these outcomes?
  • How do we know if an approach or program is achieving the outcomes we desire?
  • How do we make better use of the data, information, knowledge, and wisdom we have within our organization? Across organizations? Across sectors?
  • Are there new ways to address some of the issues that we haven’t been able to address?
  • What can we learn from our experience developing and implementing this program?
  • How can we adapt and apply an approach or program that has achieved positive outcomes somewhere else?
  • How do we make sure we are using evidence-informed practices and developing evidence-informed policy?

Learn about the Services we provide to help answer these questions!


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.


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