Welcome to IMPACT, the innovative knowledge mobilization initiative of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. This project is led by a team of professors who want to advance a new model for policy development in Canada.
Our purpose is threefold:
- Maintain a vibrant space to promote evidence-based and policy-relevant research from the University of Ottawa;
- Contribute to the policy expertise of governments in Canada and beyond;
- Build bridges to link community members together, furthering our potential for creative thinking in response to pressing issues, today and into the future.
Below you will find a series of non-partisan policy-relevant briefs on pressing issues, compiled ahead of the 2019 federal election campaign.
For more information on this project or to get involved, write to Impact@uOttawa.ca.
IMPACT Survey – The voice of Canadians
Focus Canada is the longest running and most comprehensive public opinion research program on public policy issues in Canada. In 2020, the Environics Institute, in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa and the Century Initiative, conducted the survey with a focus on the rapidly changing global and domestic context. The overall purpose of this research is to provide a timely and thoughtful measure of the Canadian public’s current perceptions, attitudes and priorities roughly six months after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, and also in the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Four reports have been produced from this project:
- Canadian public opinion about immigration and refugees
- Changing opinions about the United States, China and Russia
- Canadian public opinion about racism and discrimination
- COVID-19, public policy and government decision-making
- Canadians becoming more accepting of immigrants and refugees, despite pandemic, survey suggests - The Globe and Mail
- Canadian opinions of the U.S. at lowest in nearly 40 years, polling program shows - The Globe and Mail
- Canadians increasingly open to welcoming immigrants and refugees – study - The Guardian
- Are Canadians changing their attitude on migration due to COVID-19? - Open Democracy
- Canadian governments must not squander their most precious resource in the fight against COVID-19 - The Hill Times
- L’immigration toujours plus acceptée par les Canadiens - Le Devoir (in French)