CFICE’s Poverty Reduction Hub
Natasha Pei, Community Animator at
Karen Schwartz, Associate Professor at Carleton University
In Phase I, the Poverty Reduction (PR) hub studied how different players tackled poverty through community-campus partnerships. The goal was to understand how people from different areas of the community could work together to address the root causes of poverty.
The PR hub worked from the position that poverty is:
- Difficult to define in numbers
- Rooted in multiple overlapping causes
- Not always visible
- Unique in the ways it affects people’s lives depending on their specific situation
In addition, poverty:
- Varies across demographics and local contexts
- Shifts as demographics, policies, economies, and contexts change
- Cannot be single-handedly reduced or solved by individuals – the solution takes a community!
Poverty Hub News, Resources, and Research
Check out the PR Hub’s news, resources, and research below.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Report: Impacting Community Strength and Sustainability: CCE and Poverty Reduction at Station 20 West
In Phase I of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, the Poverty Reduction hub partnered with Station 20 West. Together, they worked on a project that examined community-campus engagement (CCE) at the Station 20 West Community Enterprise Centre. The study explored the effectiveness of the CCE partnership and the...
Friday, June 23, 2017
Developing Collective Impact Strategies, New Article from Tamarack
How do we ensure our collective impact strategies are viable and leveraged toward success? What criteria can we use to establish whether our strategies address the overall direction and outcomes we're hoping to achieve? Tamarack has the answers to these questions in their new article, released today. This article – Developing Collective Impact...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
National Aboriginal Day: Reconciliation key to reducing poverty
by Leah Piehler, CFICE Volunteer June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Established in 1996, National Aboriginal Day is about recognizing and celebrating the unique and diverse heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. In order to fully recognize and appreciate Indigenous peoples, CFICE Poverty...
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship Releases CBR Report
One of CFICE’s partnering organizations, The Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC), is excited to release the final report for its first community-based research project. With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grant program, The Somali Centre for Family Services of Ottawa (SCFS) invited Carleton...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Paying employees a living wage is good for business
by Leah Piehler, CFICE Volunteer Businesses in Hamilton, Ont., are proving that a living wage is a win-win for both employees and employers. The current minimum wage doesn’t guarantee a decent quality of life for workers. It focusses mainly on survival needs, but people need more than just food and shelter to live a...
Friday, May 12, 2017
CFICE Supported Research featured in Handbook of Community Well-Being Research
The Handbook of Community Well-Being Research brings together foundational and leading-edge research exploring dimensions of improving quality of life in communities of place. It explores social indicators and other assessment techniques including from the framework of community perspectives which is concerned with enhancing quality of life for...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Radio Documentary: Partnering for Change
The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project has accomplished alot in the first four years of the project. In Partnering for Change, a radio documentary created by CFICE volunteer Julie Bourassa, CFICE partners reflect on the personal and community impacts the CFICE project has had in Phase I. Download a PDF copy...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Call for Submissions: Canadian Poverty Hub
The Canadian Poverty Institute and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness are pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian Poverty Hub, which will be available in April 2017. The Canadian Poverty Hub will be an online repository of relevant research with respect to the causes and impacts of poverty, as well as policies and best...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Poverty means a lot of things to a lot of different people. So does poverty reduction. We challenge YOU to think about what poverty means to you. What can you do to help eliminate poverty? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter! https://youtu.be/qZRp12JscmU This video was created by the CFICE Poverty Reduction hub....
Monday, November 28, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Using CCE to Build Capacity for Poverty Reduction
This plain language podcast provides a summary of Amanda Lefrancois’ report titled Using Campus Community Engagement to Build Capacity for Poverty Reduction. This research was conducted in partnership with Pathway to Potential and CFICE. It explores levels of poverty in the Windsor-Essex County and possible resource networks to reduce...
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Poverty Reduction: Community-based research haikus
by Aaron Kozak, CFICE Poverty Reduction Hub RA 1) Power from the sidewalk up you can see the umbrella umbrella sees sun 2) Capitalism money builds access like a bridge on fire behind don’t ever look back 3) Co-creation a leaky basement everyone with different skills we can plug the holes...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Partners in Action: Living SJ
by Keegan Hughes, CFICE Volunteer The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project collaborates with many community partners in order to best serve Canadians. Using a community-first approach allows the project to reach many people in ways that other strategies could not. That is why a partnership with Living SJ, an...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Living wage effects on employees’ attitudes
This plain language podcast is based on an article titled A study of living wage effects on employees' performance-related attitudes and behaviour by Zhaocheng Zeng and Benson Honig. In this article, the authors discuss the different attitudes towards their jobs held by living wage employees versus minimum wage employees. Download a copy of...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Presentation: Student Experiences with Community-Campus Engagement
Three Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) research assistants (RAs), two from the Poverty Reduction Hub (Amanda Lefrancois and Aaron Kozak) and one from the Secretariat (Omar Elsharkawy), teamed up to present a student perspective of community-based post-secondary education at the Canadian Alliance for Community Service...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Partners in Action: Pathway to Potential
by Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA The Community First: Impacts of Community (CFICE) project works closely with it’s community partners to deliver a community first approach. One of those partners is Pathway to Potential, an organization committed to reducing and preventing poverty in the Windsor/Essex community of Ontario and a...
Monday, June 6, 2016
Presentation: Innovative Partnerships Shift the Poverty Dynamic
Community-campus engagement is offered and encouraged in many higher education organizations. This presentation by Donna Jean Forster-Gill, from Vibrant Communities Canada and Tom Cooper from the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (Poverty Hub community partners) seeks to analyze these programs and explore ways to maximize their usefulness...
Friday, May 20, 2016
Improving the health of children in Saskatchewan
One of the CFICE Poverty Reduction (PR) Hub partner organizations is the Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR), which is based out of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. One report co-authored by members of CUISR outlines a strategic communications plan to engage provincial community leaders in Saskatchewan across the...
Friday, May 13, 2016
How to Maintain Your Garden
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Volunteer You’ve planted your garden, now what? Gardening is an excellent and rewarding hands-on learning experience. It’s also a great way to contribute to environmental sustainability and will help save money along the way. Whether it’s a community garden or one in your own backyard, gardening is also a fantastic...
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Building a Community with Homes for All
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA April 21st marked Ottawa’s Alliance to End Homelessness (ATEH) researcher community networking event titled “Building a Community with Homes for all”. The event took place at Pressed Café in Ottawa and was free and open to the public. The Alliance is a member-driven non-profit organization, representing...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tips for Starting Your Own Community Garden
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA As explored in the last blog post, gardening has many benefits. Gardening and growing your own food increases community food security, contributes to environmental sustainability, and will help you save money. In addition, community gardening contributes to a greater sense of community for the people involved....
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
‘Tis the season for gardening!
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA Summer is almost upon us. Time to stop worrying about shovelling your driveway and start thinking about gardening. What better way to start gardening than by joining (or starting your own) community garden with your neighbors and fellow community members? For those who don’t know, community gardens are...
Friday, April 8, 2016
Living Saint John’s Social Renewal Strategy
One of the Poverty Reduction Hub partners, Living Saint John, has developed a Social Renewal Strategy that outlines four social priorities they are developing in conjunction with community partnerships. These priorities include transforming low-income neighbourhoods into vibrant communities with mixed incomes, closing the gap in educational...
Monday, March 14, 2016
We want to hear from YOU!
Have your say. Take our survey! Have you heard? CFICE is making some exciting new changes! As was proposed in our initial SSHRC application, CFICE is getting ready to transition to Phase II of our work. In order to transition smoothly, we want to hear from YOU regarding how you might want to be...
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Collective Impact and Community Campus Partnerships
by Karen Schwartz, Natasha Pei, Aaron Kozak, Academic and Community Co-leads and Research Assistant of the CFICE Poverty Reduction Hub What is Collective Impact? Collective Impact is the model for effecting change embraced by the Poverty Reduction Hub’s community partners. Kania and Kramer coined the term Collective Impact in 2011, which...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Partners in Action: Station 20 West
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project has many community partners across Canada and one organization that CFICE’s Poverty Reduction hub has partnered with is Station 20 West. Station 20 West is a Community Enterprise Centre (CEC), located in the heart of Saskatoon’s west-side...
Friday, January 15, 2016
5 Ways Students Are Addressing Poverty in Windsor
by Amanda Lefrancois, CFICE Poverty Hub RA Students are playing their part in Windsor's Poverty Reduction movement in many different ways. Below are just a few examples of how students are making a difference. Charity Is Good, Justice Is Better: Mobilizing Campus and Community against Poverty On October 2, 2015, Pathway to Potential (P2P)...
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Who Pays a Living Wage?
by Julie Bourassa, CFICE Volunteer It’s hard to make a living. Especially when minimum wage does not guarantee a decent quality of life. It is for this reason that the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction – along with many poverty-focused community groups – are advocating for a living wage. “People have both physical needs,...
Thursday, October 8, 2015
New Report Shows Food Insecurity is a Growing Concern for Peterborough
A new report detailing the food and housing insecurity issues being faced by the community of Peterborough was recently released by Carleton and Trent University academics in association with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University. Entitled Food Access, Housing Security and Community Connections: A Case Study of...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
FPA Voices – February 2015 Issue Two
FPA Voices offers concise, compelling, and thought-provoking profiles of the people who make FPA such an engaging and creative place to work. Highlights in our February Issue: Student Emily Chan brings Rwandan friends home. Alumna Natasha Pei works to end poverty. Researcher Karim Karim seeks examples of Muslim/Western cooperation. We would...
Monday, February 9, 2015
Liz Weaver’s lessons learned in campus community partnerships
Campus community research partnerships are exciting and challenging, says Liz Weaver, Vice-President of Tamarack. For the last three years, Liz also co-led the poverty reduction hub of Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement, or CFICE. Under her co-leadership, the hub researched big issues in poverty, including living wage, the stigma of...
Monday, January 26, 2015
Call for Submissions: Systems Level Responses to Homelessness
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness invites chapter submissions for an edited volume: Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness. We are interested in research about service integration at the local level, broader systems integration work involving the homelessness sector and mainstream services, and horizontal and vertical models...
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Article: Community Connections
The Tamarack Learning Center highlighted an article about CFICE entitled "Community Connections". This Carleton Alumni article features the Poverty Reduction hub and their project that tackles the opportunities and challenges around implementing a living wage. Please click here to go to the full...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Poverty Reduction Highlights- Mary MacKeigan: One Woman’s Impact on Poverty
Name: Mary MacKeigan Years with Opportunities Waterloo Region: 10 years Position: Executive Director Years with CFICE: 2 years (since inception) Position with CFICE: Poverty Reduction Hub- Project Partner Background experience/education: B.A., Social Services Honours Diploma, over 25 years working in the social service field; and first-hand...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
1000 Conversations Final Newsletter
Almost two years ago Tamarack launched its 1,000 Conversations Campaign to explore people’s experiences of community across Canada. This journey has introduced us to many incredible people who shared beautiful stories of communities coming together in times of need and opportunity. These stories, and the insights they have generated, have been...
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Author: Ted Jackson On September 24, Liz Weaver animated an all-day Community Collaboration Forum in London, Ontario. Attended by 170 participants from the non-profit, university and government sectors, the event was organized by the Pillar Nonprofit Network. The event included a panel entitled “Putting Collective Impact into Practice,”...