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:

  1. Maintain a vibrant space to promote evidence-based and policy-relevant research from the University of Ottawa;
  2. Contribute to the policy expertise of governments in Canada and beyond;
  3. 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.

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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:

  1. Canadian public opinion about immigration and refugees
  2. Changing opinions about the United States, China and Russia
  3. Canadian public opinion about racism and discrimination
  4. COVID-19, public policy and government decision-making

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