As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, ACER is able to bring a high level of expertise and objectivity to it's work. ACER's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge and tools that can be used to improve learning.
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) is a unique enterprise that spans a country and connects with the world to initiate and conduct basic research in the natural and social sciences.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) plays a critical role in the development of Canada's health information system. CIHI is a federally chartered but independent, not-for-profit organization.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the CIHR Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health. CIHR was created to transform health research in Canada by funding more research on targeted priority areas, building research capacity in under-developed areas such as population health and health services research, training the next generation of health researchers and focusing on knowledge translation, so that the results of research are transformed into policies, practices, procedures, products and services.
CIHR's mandate is to "excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health-care system."
The overarching goal of Nicole Letourneau's CHILD Studies Program is to develop and test interventions to support the development of vulnerable infants, children and youth. Subjects of the study within the program include the impact of variables such as parent-child relationship quality, supportive relationships, family violence, and parental mental health on children's health and development. The focus is on the relationship between the protective factors of quality parent-infant/child relationships and social support. The program seeks not only to improve health and developmental outcomes for at-risk children via support interventions, but also to understand how psychosocial interventions function to improve outcomes. This research will promote understanding of the relationship among social (caregiving) experiences, neural and endocrine systems, and children's cognitive and social development.
The Early Years Evaluation (EYE) is designed to assist educators in assessing the skills of children, ages 4 - 6 years, as they prepare for, and make the transition to school. The EYE assesses five aspects of early child development that are closely related to school preparedness and emergent literacy skills.
The Healthy Kids Toolkit is an online resource for educators, health-care professionals and young students in the battle against childhood obesity in Canada and around the world. The tool kit is easy to navigate and offers tips, activities, lesson ideas, success stories and promotional materials to anyone concerned with the health and well-being of today’s youth. The bright and informative database is packed with materials that encourage healthier lifestyles. The toolkit provides quality resources for those individuals leading the drive towards healthier lifestyles for Canadian children. The project encourages innovative grassroots initiatives that improve the schools, communities, and lifestyles of Canadian children. It was developed by CRISP and the Faculty of Education at UNB with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
HRDC's main objectives are: helping Canadians prepare for, find and keep work; assisting Canadians in their efforts to provide financial security for themselves and their families; promoting a fair, safe, healthy, stable, cooperative, and productive work environment.
KSI is a private research organization that conducts multi-disciplinary research and training, primarily in the areas of literacy, early childhood, school effectiveness, and children’s health. Its forté is the analysis of large-scale complex data sets, such as data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY). It also develops and evaluates survey instruments including tests and questionnaires. KSI conducts workshops on topics relevant to the analysis of large-scale multi-site evaluations.
The Research Data Centre at the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP) is a secure facility in which researchers with approved projects can access Statistics Canada data. These data provide a rich source of information on many facets of our society, and can illuminate the issues that are important to Canadians. The RDC offers a unique opportunity for researchers to conduct policy-relevant analyses beyond the physical boundaries of Statistics Canada offices, while maintaining data confidentiality.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is an arm's-length federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. Created by an act of Parliament in 1977, SSHRC is governed by a 22-member Council that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.
SSHRC-funded research fuels innovative thinking about real life issues, including the economy, education, health care, the environment, immigration, globalization, language, ethics, peace, security, human rights, law, poverty, mass communication, politics, literature, addiction, pop culture, sexuality, religion, Aboriginal rights, the past, our future.
Statistics Canada is the country's national statistical agency, with programs organized into three broad subject matter areas: demographic and social, socio-economic and economic.
The Learning Bar is the creation of Dr. J. Douglas Willms and Patrick Flanagan. Its activities are an outgrowth of the work historically undertaken by Dr. Willms' company, KSI Research International Inc., and Mr. Flanagan's company that he co-owns with his partner, Kathleen Howard & Associates, Inc. Both companies recognized the opportunities inherent in taking standard monitoring and assessment in schools, and ramping it up to consider how schools compare with similar schools on a grand national or international level, and made conveniently accessible and in a timely manner through the internet. Thus was born Tell Them From Me.
Tell Them From Me (TTFM) is The Learning Bar's interactive online school evaluation system designed to help front-line educators and administrators improve learning outcomes for students.
Founded in 1785, the University of New Brunswick is Canada's oldest English-speaking university. As the premier university of eastern Canada, UNB offers 70 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate degree programs on two picturesque campuses - one in the provincial capital of Fredericton and the other in Saint John, the province's largest urban centre.