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

Oct
23
Tue
System Mapping Webinar @ Online
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

System mapping is an essential step in rolling out a system planning approach to preventing and ending homelessness. System mapping involves a series of activities that achieve a comprehensive view of a community’s resources connected to homelessness.

Specifically, system mapping includes:

  • An up-to-date resource directory for all services available to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in a community.
  • Mapping of the locations of the various community resources to discern location patterns.
  • Categorization of all programs by target population, eligibility criteria, geographical scope, service model and focus.
  • Real-time occupancy report to show what spaces are available in services.
  • Clear eligibility criteria, access/referral process for those looking for help.
  • Feedback loop from clients/users of services to each of the resources.
  • Performance indicators to track community demand and feedback on services.

This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive view of system mapping and present some on-the-ground initiatives from Lethbridge, AB and St. John’s, NWD.

Lethbridge’s approach has mobilized diverse funders and service providers to create a real-time system map that connects the dots for people in need, as well as policy makers and funders.

St. John’s has focused on understanding the needs and of the housing and homeless sector with a comprehensive research approach to system mapping that is unearthing significant insights into the workings of the system of care.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Alina Turner – Principal, Turner Strategies
  • Marty Thomsen – Manager, Community Social Development, City of Lethbridge
  • Jennifer Tipple, Performance Management Planner, End Homelessness St. John’s, NWD
  • David French – Director of Policy and Planning, A Way Home Canada

This webinar is hosted by the Systems Planning Collective.

Enriching the CLSA with Environmental Exposure Data: The Canadian Urban Health Research Consortium (CANUE) @ Online
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Jeffrey Brook, scientific director of CANUE, Dr. Eleanor Setton, managing director of CANUE, and Dany Doiron, data linkage specialist at CANUE, via WebEx.

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) is a CIHR-funded initiative, which collates and develops standardized urban environmental exposure data and links them to health databases to support environmental health research in Canada.

CLSA and CANUE have collaborated to link data on air quality, neighbourhood factors, weather and climate, and greenness indicators to CLSA data on health and aging. The linked data, now available to Canadian researchers, includes estimated exposures of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and fine particulate matter, as well as information about nighttime light, normalized difference vegetation index (i.e. greenness), health-relevant climate and weather measures, material and social deprivation indices and the Canadian Active Living Environments (i.e. walkability) index.

This webinar will give an overview of CANUE and of pre-linked environmental exposure data currently available to researchers through the CLSA. The webinar will also touch on methods for expanding the breadth and quality of environmental exposures available to the CLSA and other Canadian cohorts.

In collaborating with the CLSA, CANUE ultimately aims to enable research on how environmental factors affect the ways in which Canadians age and help better inform evidence-based strategies for planning healthy and age-friendly communities and cities across Canada.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Oct
24
Wed
Dress Purple Day @ Various
Oct 24 all-day

Held during October, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Dress Purple Day is a province-wide initiative to promote awareness of the community’s role in keeping children and youth safe.

Together with our local school boards and community partners, Family and Children’s Services Niagara will be encouraging everyone to Dress Purple and to post your picture on social media to show your support for the cause.

October 24th is Dress Purple Day!

Fall Lecture Series: Truths and Myths About Genetically Modified Organisms @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region.

Speaker: Dr. Rene Van Acker, Professor and Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph

In Canada, farmers have been growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops for over two decades. These crops form a substantive basis of the commodities used in much of our processed food, yet many people remain skeptical or even fearful of GM crops and the technology that allows for the creation of GM crops.

Dr. Van Acker will explain the history and technical details of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and will discuss fears over this technology, providing truths and dispelling myths. He will also provide a glimpse into future genetic technologies and how these might impact the future of agriculture and our food supply.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Mental Health Outreach in Campus Residences @ Online
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Transitioning away from home for the first time and academic pressures and worries can have a significant impact on a student’s emotional and psychological well-being. Residence life provides rich opportunities for students to develop the skills needed to mature into engaged members of the campus community.

In this webinar, presenters look at the residence outreach program at UOIT and Durham College that helps to raise awareness about mental health and promote wellbeing in their campus residences.

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

Oct
25
Thu
Building a Modern, Sustainable Ontario Government: Fireside Chat with Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy @ Royal Niagara Golf Club
Oct 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Restoring trust and accountability in the province’s finances is at the core of the mandate of the Doug Ford provincial government. As part of that goal, Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, recently announced the results of EY Canada’s line-by-line review of government spending.

Managing Transformation A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario examined government spending and brought forward new ideas to do government differently. The work will support the broader expenditure management exercise underway, and will support finding innovative ways of administering government services while ensuring that funding is directed to those who need it most.

As we approach the Fall Economic Statement, Minister Bethlenfalvy will be sharing his vision for building a modern, sustainable, government in the digital age.

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Youth & Vaping Information Session @ MacBain Community Centre - Multipurpose Room D
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Vaping among youth is an emerging issue in Niagara.

Parents, teens and those who work with youth are invited to learn more about:

  • The risks and harms of vaping among teens
  • The latest products on the market
  • The laws and perspective from a Tobacco Control Officer
  • Practical tools and resources for parents

Light refreshments will be provided. Register online or by email.

This information session is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.

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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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