How to Use This Platform

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) is a tool to support evidence-informed planning, collective action and Niagara-wide community innovations. It is a populated by members of the Niagara-wide community in partnership with the Knowledge Brokers at Niagara Connects.

Using the NKE:

The following navigation strategies will help you find the information you are looking for:

  • Filtered access to the four NKE content areas from the top of your screen including the Community Calendar, Resources & Publications, Partners & Projects, and Community Blog.
  • Use of the site-wide search bar from the top-right of your screen enabling you to focus your content search.
  • Filtered access to content related to Niagara Sectors listed on the right side of your screen enabling you to find events, resources, projects and blogs linked to any of the 12 Niagara Sectors identified in the Living In Niagara Report (2011).
  • User generated Tags that add another dimension to the platform content using common topic words. Use the tag cloud on the right of your screen to select a topic of interest and find events, resources, projects and blogs related to that topic.
  • Related Content that is promoted once you select a specific event, resource, project or blog. This helps you see other content from each of the content areas that may be of interest based your current selection.
  • A sitemap providing you an at-a-glance view and access to all pages across the NKE.

Making best use of the Community Calendar: This area features community events that will accelerate change, build community capacity, facilitate collaboration, share and spread innovation and enable evidence-informed community planning.

Viewable in list or calendar format, the Community Calendar will help you to:

  • Know what is going on in the Niagara region
  • See the rhythm of activity in your community
  • Identify and register for events of interest
  • Plan your own organization and/ or network’s activities around previously scheduled events

Making best use of Resources & Publications: This area catalogues resources and publications that will support, guide and inform collaboration and decision-making in the Niagara region.

The Resources and Publications catalogue will help you to:

  • Understand the current trends, issues and data related to each of the 12 Niagara Sectors
  • Use this information to build business cases for future projects and work
  • Identify collaborative topics that cross multiple sectors
  • Consider how your work fits into the current context

Making best use of Partners & Projects: This area features projects, networks, councils and working groups in the Niagara region that are dedicated to fostering collaboration to accelerate positive change and collective impact within the Niagara region.

The Partners and Projects will help you link with others to:

  • Partner on common projects
  • Mobilize around common issues
  • Share resources
  • Explore collaborative opportunities
  • Replicate successes
  • Avoid duplicating what is already being done

Making best use of the Community Blog: This area features blogs written by our Niagara Connects Knowledge Brokers, as well as community partners. The Community Blog is an area for exchange within the Niagara community about new ideas, hot topics and upcoming opportunities for collaboration.

This area of the site will help you to:

  • Consider how new ideas, approaches and collaborative strategies can be applied within your own practice setting
  • Build capacity to better connect to and leverage the information and resources within your community

How to contribute

You are able to contribute to all four content areas of the Niagara Knowledge Exchange. Sharing content on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange will enable you to:

  • Keep the community abreast of the great work you are doing
  • Contribute to the knowledge base used to inform planning in the Niagara region
  • Engage others in your work, strengthening your own capacity for evidence-informed decision-making
  • Spread innovation and success to other organizations and sectors

To share an event, resource or project, simply click the “Submit” link located in the right-hand side navigation within each content section of this site and fill out the form. Or, since you’re here, you can do so by clicking one of the direct links below:

And, if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, please email info@niagaraconnects.ca

Click here to view a ‘guided tour’ of the NKE

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
11
Wed
How Do We Measure Recovery? Incorporating the Perspectives of People With Lived Experience @ Online
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Recovery from addiction is considered an ongoing process; it requires the person to continuously manage their addiction to prevent problems from returning. But there is no clear consensus on what recovery means in the field of addictions.

Join CAMH for the latest webinar in the “New Narratives” series, as two researchers discuss the results of their study on this topic and implications for Ontario’s addiction treatment system.

You’ll learn about:

  • The current understanding of addiction recovery.
  • Findings from a study that asked people with lived experience of addiction to define recovery.
  • How we can assess recovery as part of a recovery-monitoring system in an addictions treatment setting in Ontario.

This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network (CAMH).

Dec
12
Thu
Getting Connected: The Literacy-Language Link @ Meridian Community Centre
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Want to learn more about the range of language services in Niagara for immigrants, the range of adult literacy services in Niagara, or how to refer your clients to these services?

Niagara has a wealth of services designed to meet the language needs of Immigrants. The Ontario government funds Literacy & Basic Skills programs. Join Literacy Link Niagara for a panel presentation, followed by focused roundtable discussions. Meet the people delivering these programs. Ask the questions you want answered.

This event is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

Human Trafficking Luncheon @ Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls
Dec 12 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Join the South Niagara Chambers for an informative luncheon with Keynote Speaker Sandy Biback founder of Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking. Educates on key topic against Human Trafficking (MPAHT).

Presentation to follow by a panel discussion moderated by Joyce Morocco, Elements of Success.

The panel will include representation from YWCA Niagara, NRP, Fire, Niagara Native Centre, Niagara Hotelier, and a Human Trafficking Survivor.

This event is hosted by the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce.

Dec
17
Tue
Restructuring Health Care Delivery in Ontario: Ontario Health and Ontario Health Teams @ Online
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the health system transformation that is currently underway in Ontario. The talk will focus on the rationale for the system-level reform, changes to date at both the ministry and agency levels, and an update on Ontario Health Teams.

Useful resources for organizations seeking to be part of an Ontario Health Team will be shared, and time will be left for an audience Q&A.

Presenter: Michael Scarpitti, Lead in Health Systems Transformation at the Canadian Mental Health Association

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Dec
25
Wed
Christmas Day
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
26
Thu
Boxing Day
Dec 26 all-day
Jan
1
Wed
Application Deadline: Brock University Lifespan Centre Youth Engagement Committee @ Online
Jan 1 all-day

Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research is recruiting new members for its youth engagement committee (B-YEC).

The B-YEC is made up of Niagara Region youth, aged 14 to 24, who assist the Lifespan Centre team in developing research ideas, keep the team informed about important matters affecting the wellness of youth in the Niagara, and provide a youth voice at various events.

Interesting in applying or learning more? Click here for more information.

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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