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About The Centre (The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research)

Presenter: Robyn Blackadar

In under three minutes, understand what The Centre does, who our stakeholders are and how we move evidence to policy makers.

Who we are and why we exist:
The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (The Centre) exists to improve child wellbeing by conducting, funding and mobilizing research for evidence-informed policy and practice.

The Centre 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.

The Centre 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 Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL), in 2007, we play 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 established.

Our Vision:
Alberta is a leader in creating and mobilizing evidence to ensure the well-being of children.

Our 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 in Alberta, Canada and internationally.