The beginning of the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year maps almost perfectly onto the first pandemic-related shut-down in Alberta. Many of our projects at PolicyWise were underway – the Apprenticeship Program Data Integration and the Multi-Year Trauma Action Plan were two such examples.
Youth, aged 11-24 years, were falling through the cracks of a mental health care system designed without their needs in mind. Something had to change.
The social sector in Alberta needed an evidence-informed way to screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). They came to PoliyWise to review the existing tools and make recommendations.
Organizational resilience has long been a staple of business planning. Tools and strategies exist to serve the private sector, which rely on big budgets and plentiful resources. Nothing was available that considered the unique strengths, opportunities, and circumstances of the social-serving sector. PolicyWise and Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) saw an opportunity to address this gap.