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Communications Infrastructure Development Grants: CALL FOR PROPOSALS


deadline for proposals: September 1, 1999

from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

The purpose of this one-time Development Fund is to encourage research teams, centres, institutes, universities, and other independent research organizations doing health services research relevant to managers and policy makers to develop a communications infrastructure. The fund will provide 10-12 grants of up to $20,000 each to support one-time development costs of communications infrastructures designed to improve the dissemination of current and future health services research to managers and policy makers.

The Foundation invites three-page proposals from the health services research community to develop and evaluate the use and/or impact of broadly applicable communications infrastructure such as:

- web sites to increase decision makers' access to health services research;

- bulletin boards to connect researchers with decision makers in the health services domain

- targeted mailing lists

- capacity to edit research reports

- capacity to translate plain languge research summaries from one language to another

- training researchers or staff to better communicate results

- needs assessments

- comprehensive regional or national inventories

- design and facilitation of organization-wide structures for communication

- etc.

For guidelines and format of proposals - see CHSRF web-site:

Funds available: October 18, 1999

Proposals should be submitted to:

Communications and Uptake

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

11 Holland Ave, Suite 301 Ottawa, ON K1Y 4S1

Telephone: (613) 728-2238

Inquiries (after July 5, 1999) may be addressed to:

Patricia Lemay, Manager, Communications and Uptake at (613) 728-2238 or

Funding Opportunity: Canadian Tobacco Research Initiative


deadline for applications: September 1, 1999

The Canadian Tobacco Research Initiative (CTRI) aims to support and develop

a closer relationship between researchers, those responsible for

program/policy development, and those who implement program/policy changes.

CTRI aims to support this relationship so that a) more research is done in

tobacco control; b) more of the research that is done is directly relevant

to program and policy; and c) research results are used more systematically

to inform tobacco control programs and policies.

In the first phase of CTRI, Planning Grants are being made available to

programmers, policy experts and researchers in tobacco control. In the

first round of competition (deadline March 1, 1999), six grants were

awarded. A second round of applications is now invited. Grants of up to

$30,000 are being offered to research teams that are multisectoral and

multidisciplinary. Grants will support the development of proposals for

highly relevant research in tobacco control, for ultimate submission to

traditional research funding sources. Applications are invited from

researchers as well as from experts in program/policy development.

Planning Grants are intended to defray the costs of preparing quality

proposals that will score high in both relevance and scientific merit.

Planning Grants will cover costs associated with recruitment and

communication among team members, pilot study/feasibility work necessary to

submit a compelling full proposal, as well as other costs that can be


The Planning Grants component of the CTRI is being managed by the National

Cancer Institute of Canada, which, in partnership with the Social Sciences

and Humanities Research Council, is making approximately $150,000 available

to support investigators in the development of strong grant proposals in

tobacco control research.

Instructions and an application form are available on the website of the

National Cancer Institute of Canada , or by

contacting the Research Programs Department, National Cancer Institute of

Canada, 10 Alcorn Ave., Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 3B1, Tel



Evaluation Resources for Nonprofits--On-line Report


A report prepared by Sandra L. Bozzo and Michael H. Hall of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.

The report is an assessment of available evaluation tools (e.g., guides, manuals and resource books) for nonprofit organizations and an appraisal of the adequacy of these tools. It includes information on tools, references to literature and links to on-line resources of interest to nonprofits. Research was funded by Justice Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre.

The url is:

If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact Sandra Bozzo directly.

Tel: (416) 597-2293 x235 or 1-800-263-1178 x235

Fax: (416) 597-2294 E-mail:

Volunteer Opportunity: Eviction Prevention Early Intervention Project


There are approximately 400 households in the Toronto area being served with eviction notices per week. Many of these tenants need help. The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is undertaking an eviction prevention project where they will make the initial contact to inform the tenants of their rights to dispute the notice of eviction (tenants have only five days to respond in writing to the Tribunal). Tenants will also be referred to the appropriate agency if they need a number of specific services such as legal representation, interpretation, counselling, etc.

In addition to informing the tenants of their rights and options for referral, information will be gathered to paint a clearer picture of the history of the specific eviction. Research results may help with prevention efforts in the future.

Skilled volunteers are needed to make some of those initial contacts with people facing eviction. Volunteers will be provided with training and resource materials, but should have the following qualifications:

* Excellent telephone manner

* Ease reading relatively complex documents and communicating the content in plain language

* Comfortable dealing with people who are experiencing stressful situations

* General knowledge of housing issues and social services

* Able to work independently

* Able to commit to at least ten "telephone shifts" over the course of the project (three months)

Fluency in languages other than English would be an asset, particularly Somali, Tamil, Cantonese, Spanish.

Training sessions will take place on August 31 and Sept 1

Please call Jennifer Ramsay at 944-0087x23 for more information or to arrange for an interview.

For more information about CERA visit:

Report: Broken Promises: Welfare Reform in Ontario


Broken Promises: Welfare Reform in Ontario (April, 1999) can be found on the Workfare Watch Website at

From the executive summary: "Ontario Works, the province's new welfare program, claims to represent the most fundamental changes to social assistance in a generation. But is it working? Has it really helped more people leave welfare for work? Does Ontario Works offer people a 'hand up'? Or is welfare reform simply about reducing social assistance caseloads without regard to whether people are being made better off?

This report - the first of two - starts to answer these critical questions. It looks at welfare reform from the perspective of the people who are experiencing it, using information collected from focus groups of Ontario Works participants across Ontario, supplemented by information from community agencies, advocates and selected in-depth interviews with individual recipients. Our second report will examine Ontario Works using administrative data on the operation of the program."

Alternatives Journal


Alternatives Journal is a quarterly publication that addresses environmental thought, policy and action. As Canada's foremost environmental magazine, with over 27 years of journalistic experience, it is a unique resource for a diverse readership. The Summer 1999 issue of Alternatives focuses on environment and human health and features the most current research in the field. This special theme issue strongly supports the idea that it is time to treat the causes, not just the symptoms, of our ill health. Articles address: protecting children's health; the role incomes play in exposure to environmental dangers; and the difficulties in linking human illness to environmental contaminants.

Subscription rates: $25 (one year) or $6.25 (single issue)

Contact: Alternatives, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Tel: (519) 888-4567 x6783

Fax: 746-0292, Email:


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