Mission

The mission of the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship is to generate critical and innovative knowledge about poverty and social citizenship that can be used to inform both social work policy and practice in schools of social work and in our communities.

In focusing on social citizenship, the Centre aims to address reducing poverty and inequality not only in terms of meeting people’s basic needs, such as decent food, clothing, and shelter, but also ensuring that all people are able to fully participate in society free of all forms of exploitation. This means expanding on the social welfare role of the state to ensure that a basic standard of social citizenship is achieved for all.

The focus of the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship, is consistent with the School of Social Work’s commitment to knowledge that advances social justice and progressive social change. This commitment is a part of structural social work, an approach which was pioneered at the Carleton School of Social Work.

The School continues to provide leadership through its teaching, research, and publications in the ongoing development of this critical approach to intervention and to social citizenships. The structural approach informs and is informed by research, and by new developments in practice theory.

Evaluation of Women and Gender Diverse Services Program 

Evaluation of Shepherds of Good Hope’s case management program aimed at housing chronically homeless women and gender diverse people (2017-2019)

Run by the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC)

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Adje Van de Sande; Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Katherine Larose-Hébert (Laval University)
  • Current Research Assistants: Katherine Occhiuto (PhD Student), Tara McWhinney (PhD Student)
  • Funded by the Local Poverty Reduction Fund (Ontario Trillium Foundation)

Using a mixed-method evaluation design, this research evaluates the impact of new services being provided at Shepherds of good Hope. The purpose of this project is to determine whether the Women and Gender Diverse Services is any more effective than the existing program offered to women and gender diverse people at the Shepherds of Good Hope.

This program evaluation is intended to answer the following questions:

  • What are the needs of women and gender diverse people in the Women and Gender Diverse Services program?
  • Do women and gender diverse people who receive Women and Gender Diverse Services from SGH transition in greater numbers from homelessness to secure housing than those in the regular SGH programming?
  • Do these participants experience greater housing security and higher self-esteem than women and gender diverse people in the regular SGH program do?

Barrier Identification and Inclusion for Somali Youth 

Identifying barriers faced by Ottawa Somali Youth in accessing post-secondary and vocational opportunities (2016-2017)

Run by the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC)

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Adje Van de Sande; Collaborator: Somali Centre for Family Services of Ottawa (SCFS)
  • Research Assistants: Katherine Occhiuto (PhD Student), Tara McWhinney (PhD Student), Jennifer Colpitts (MSW Student), Ahmed Hussein (Community Researcher) and Ismail Hagi-Aden (Community Researcher)
  • Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Seed Grant

In 2016, the Somali Centre for Family Services of Ottawa (SCFS) invited Carleton’s Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC) to partner on the completion of a needs assessment focusing on the barriers faced by Somali youth in accessing post-secondary education, and employment training opportunities. In carrying out this research, the SCFS”s main objective was to address social and economic exclusion locally by inviting Somali youth (age 19-30) from the Ottawa area to engage in the conceptualization and design of resources that could best support their participation in education and vocational programs.

 Committee Members

The Management Committee of the Centre consists of faculty members of the School of Social Work, representatives from other academic departments,  professional social work associations and community-based social welfare organizations within the Ottawa Region. The Centre also looks forward to inviting School of Social Work students to serve as Management Committee members within the coming year.

New opportunities with CSPSC:

CSPSC RA Position

CSPSC Student Committee Member

Somali Centre RA Position

Current Members:

Adje Van De Sande  – (Chair) – School of Social Work, Carleton University

Gerald de Montigny – School of Social Work, Carleton University

Allan Moscovitch – School of Social Work, Carleton University

Therese Jennissen – School of Social Work, Carleton University

Katherine Occhiuto – School of Social Work, Carleton University

Zaynab Al-hemed – School of Social Work, Carleton University

Karen Schwartz – Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

Jennifer Robson – Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, Carleton University

Tracey Lauriault – School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Harriett McLachlan – Canada Without Poverty

Michele Biss – Canada Without Poverty