Newly announced MPNL project

Dr. Paloma Raggo, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and cross-appointed at the Sprott School of Business, leads the CICP-PCPOB.

Carleton University’s MPNL faculty team is launching a five-year, $3.4 million research project called the Charity Insights Canada ProjectProjet Canada Perspectives des Organismes de Bienfaisance (CICP-PCPOB). (Pour le français veuillez continuer ici.)

Through weekly surveys, the project will collect and share timely information about the Canadian charitable sector. The data generated will support the long-term economic viability, impact and resiliency of the sector by assisting policymakers in making evidence-based policy decisions, developing data capacity for practitioners, and expanding knowledge of Canada’s philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

Led by Dr. Paloma Raggo, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, the project is supported by the Muttart Foundation (based in Alberta), the Lawson Foundation and the Metcalf Foundation (both in Ontario), the Vancouver Foundation (in BC), and a fifth, anonymous donor.

“This project is historic in the way that it has brought together a diverse group of foundations to co-invest in a shared cause,” Dr. Raggo says. “That level of collective effort is unique and underscores the importance of this work to our sector and the value it can bring to communities across the country.”

Canada’s charitable sector is integral to the Canadian economy and to the economic opportunity, quality of life and well-being of many Canadians. The sector provides more than one in ten full-time jobs in Canada, supports individuals and communities in financial need, and advances causes that matter deeply to Canadians and the world.

The CICP-PCPOB will collect data from a representative panel of Canadian charities on a weekly basis. Data from this rapid response panel will be made available on the project’s website for use and reference by the sector’s stakeholders, including practitioners, policymakers and the public, in near real time. The CICP-PCPOB website will also feature a training hub to enable stakeholders to learn basic data literacy skills.

“The CICP-PCPOB’s proposed activities are complementary to the MPNL’s plans for the research centre and Chair,” says Dr. Susan Phillips, the project’s policy lead, and professor and program director of the MPNL program. “The three initiatives work together and build momentum toward Carleton’s efforts of becoming a national leader in the philanthropic data space.”

For more information, including in French, please visit CICP-PCPOB. The project is also on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo of Parliament, in Ottawa, is courtesy of Robbie Palmer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in
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