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Home for the Holidays

On any given night in Canada, around 6,000 youth are homeless. As the temperatures across the country drop for the winter season, concern for these youth grows. For over 46 years, Operation Come Home has been helping homeless youth get back home through the Reunite program. OCH staff work to counsel both youth and guardians, and they provide a national network of support as the youth travel back to their …Read More

Symposium Wrap Up! Seniors and Intergenerational Programs

On April 26, 2017, Measuredoutcome.org brought together a diverse group of dedicated seniors and youth program providers and advocates to connect and share ideas, and to celebrate the launch our latest report, focusing on low-income seniors in Canada. The morning was engaging and dynamic, and we would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the agencies who presented and to everyone who came to share their stories, …Read More

The Case for Intergenerational Programs

“Somehow we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, a knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future.” – Margaret Mead It has only been recently that North Americans have segregated communities based on age. Historically, most cultures can trace traditions in which youth care for elders and elders provide vital care-giving and mentoring roles to …Read More

Symposium on Seniors and Intergenerational Programs – April 26, 2017

  When generations meet, good things happen. It is a simple concept and the core theme to an upcoming symposium that will be taking place on April 26, 2017 in Toronto. What is the value in creating quality of life experiences for seniors? Why is it important that children and youth have opportunities to spend time with older people in their communities? It’s unfortunate that we even have to ask …Read More

Measuring the Impact of Animal Therapy Programs

I am a dog person. It doesn’t take much to get me talking about how much my dog enhances my life. How she brings people together….makes strangers smile…and gets me out of bed when I would sometimes just really rather sleep in past 5:30am. Talk to most anyone with an animal in their lives, and they’ll likely tell you a similar story. But it turns out there is actually a …Read More

Celebration of Animal Therapy Programs in Ottawa

May 18, 2016, Ottawa Dogs have been our best friends for thousands of years, but we have only recently begun to understand how strong our connection to our four-legged friends really is. Our latest Measuredoutcome.org report, which was launched in Ottawa on May 18, 2016, explores how three Ottawa-based programs help people at risk by fostering our bond with animals. “Many animal lovers will tell you that their pet is …Read More

From Incarcerated to Accountable

  In 2013, Measuredoutcome.org conducted an evaluation on the CoSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) Calgary program. CoSA programs, present in five countries, including Canada, are restorative justice programs that work to reintegrate high-risk, released sex offenders into society after their release from the prison system. The programs have a high success rate, and rely very heavily on community volunteers to deliver their programs. After completing the formal evaluation report, …Read More

Education for Street Involved Youth

Life is immediate and dangerous for thousands of youth on the streets in Canada. These young people end up homeless for multiple and often complicated reasons. Many have dealt with or are fleeing abuse, and many have mental health challenges, addictions, or learning issues to overcome. Longer-term planning and hopes and dreams for the future often become sidelines to the every day struggle of finding safe shelter and food in …Read More