Many individuals face personal, economic, and other barriers preventing them from sustaining adequate employment and accessing the services and programs they need. Our team has helped clients to understand the challenges faced by people who have struggled with poverty and unemployment, including not being able to afford basic necessities such as healthy food, affordable and adequate housing, transportation, and health-related expenses. We have examined these issues by hearing directly from individuals with lived experience of poverty, service providers, employers and other stakeholders in communities. We also have reviewed the effectiveness and impact of programs that aim to keep people out of poverty and help those who are unemployed to access the services they need to find sustainable work.
Our services in the employment and social development sector have included hosting focus groups and in-person surveys with people with lived experience of poverty, roundtables with community leaders and stakeholders, and conducting program evaluations of government initiatives that aim to reduce poverty and unemployment.
Examples of recent employment and social development projects include undertaking the Tackling Poverty Together Project on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada, a key contributor to Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy; and conducting an Evaluation of the Employment Program of British Columbia on behalf of the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.