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RFP--Community Researcher, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, "Designing Active Communities Together" Project

Contract Position
Application Deadline: October 18, 2006

Project Background

The purpose of the project is to increase the physical activity levels
of residents by creating a toolbox/checklist that Ontario
municipalities can use to encourage the development of communities that
promote and support physical activity opportunities. This development
includes the built environment (e.g., sidewalks, pathways, trails and
recreation centers) and the social environment (e.g., availability of
services and programs to support active living choices).

Project Summary

The contracted researcher will work in partnership with the Project
Lead and Advisory Committee to develop tools for data collection,
analyze some of the data collected, and participate in the development
of a checklist that will assist the project partners to create
environments that support physical activity.

Key Deliverables

The successful candidate will

  1. Develop and implement an interview tool to gather the planning story
    from one Municipality through interviews with four to five municipal
    staff and one developer. Timeline: End of October to mid-November for
    development and implementation
  2. Transcribe interviews, analyze data and write draft report of key
    findings for approval by the Advisory Committee. Timeline: Mid-November
    to mid-December 3) Assist in the development of one survey tool to be
    used for data collection from neighborhood residents. Timeline: End of
    October to mid-November
  3. Analyze the data collected from neighborhood residents and write
    draft report of key findings for approval by the Advisory Committee.
    Another party will input the data.  Timeline: Mid-November to
  4. Participate in a roundtable discussion with Advisory Committee to
    share the findings from the data collected and to assist with the
    development of a checklist. Timeline: Mid-February to mid-March
  5. Develop marketing materials to promote the findings from this study
    to a diverse target audience that includes health professionals,
    municipal officials and planners. Timeline: Mid-March to May 30, 2006

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders on a community-based research project
  • Conducting research in community settings
  • Developing interview tools
  • Conducting various types of qualitative interviews with research participants
  • Analyzing and interpreting research data
  • Writing research reports
  • Developing marketing materials that promote research results

In addition, the successful candidate will

  • Possess excellent communication skills (verbal, written and active listening)
  • Prepare clear and realistic project timelines
  • Possess superior time management skills

Respondents are requested to provide

  1. A letter of interest that includes proposed processes, timelines and costs of the research project
  2. A resume that outlines education and experience relevant to this study
  3. Names and contact information of three references that can be contacted regarding experience relevant to this study
  4. Expected remuneration (including GST, if applicable)

The lowest or any proposal will not necessarily be accepted.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, and should be sent by fax or e-mail to

Kim Bergeron
Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
Fax: (905) 885-9551