Niagara Knowledge Exchange

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is a place for people to access and exchange news and ideas on Niagara-focused planning, collaboration, learning, innovation and community action.

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Generating knowledge that drives community action

Niagara Connects is led by community volunteers. Its role is to champion synergistic, collaborative planning in the region, leveraging existing community assets for a stronger future for Niagara. Fostering a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning is also central to the Council’s role.

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Living In Niagara
Report

The Living in Niagara – 2008 and 2011 report – a measure of Niagara-wide quality of life. Read more…
Living in Niagara Report

Niagara Knowledge Exchange

Designed to help foster connections between people, resources and ideas. Read more…
Niagara Knowledge Exchange

Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative

Local action toward making Niagara a more age-friendly community for all ages.  Read more… Niagara Knowledge Exchange

Rowing the Boat Together

Community service workers collaborating, sharing knowledge, learning & networking.  Read more…
Rowing the Boat Together

February 2014 eNewsletter

eNewsletter

Data tells the tale. With 18,000+ page views in its first 7 months, the niagaraknowledgeexchange.com (NKE) tool is seeing steady growth in information-sharing activity. Exchange is happening within and across all 12 Living in Niagara Sectors and the platform now offers 163 resources & publications, 173 events, 52 partners & projects and 8 community blog posts. With […]

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Knowledge to drive action

Knowledge to drive action

Niagara Connects launches online tool tracking 12 sectors of life in Niagara Niagara This Week – St. Catharines December 12, 2013 By  Steve Henschel WELLAND — Niagara Connects is taking its wealth of information online. Last week the Niagara-wide network focused on planning, learning and innovation for Niagara’s future celebrated the launch of niagaraknowledgeexchange.com. The website […]

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December 2013 eNewsletter

eNewsletter

Beginning eight years ago, the people building Niagara Connects envisioned a Niagara-wide culture of focused planning based on relevant, reliable information, and diverse evidence seen through the 12 lenses of the Living in Niagara Sectors. Now, those leaders’ vision is realized through the Niagara Knowledge Exchange and theLiving in Niagara report. Hundreds of people in Niagara have worked […]

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Two Innovative Niagarans among Canadians Short-Listed for Prestigious 3M Health Leadership Award

3M Health Leadership Award

Niagara, Ontario. Two individuals working for a stronger Niagara are among those short-listed for the prestigious 2013 3M Health Leadership Award. Now in its third year, this prize celebrates leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada. Both Catherine Mindorff-Facca, Senior Associate with Niagara Connects, and Terry Thomson, a Detective Sergeant with Niagara Regional Police […]

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Builders of Niagara Connects Honoured Through Launch of niagaraknowledgeexchange.com Planning Tool

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Welland, Ontario.  People from across Niagara honoured the Builders of Niagara Connects today by officially launching niagaraknowledgeexchange.com.  This online tool is a source of information for people seeking relevant, reliable information to support evidence-informed planning toward a stronger future for Niagara.  Forty-five community leaders were recognized for leading hundreds of people in building the Niagara […]

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Niagara Connects wants to see the region reach its full potential

Niagara Connects chair Dr. Madelyn Law looks over the network map created last December of the group's more than 1,500 links to other organizations in the community.

By Maryanne Firth, The Tribune Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:56:49 EST PM And to help it do that, the volunteer-led network has been hard at work over the past eight years creating tools to help strengthen Niagara’s future. During a networking breakfast Thursday at Riverstone Event Centre in Welland, the group officially launched its latest […]

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Taking the pulse of Niagara’s young adults

At Tuesday's Generation Flux youth forum at Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre in Thorold, speakers (left) Mario De Devitiis of NEXT Niagara, Ian Bird, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada and Mary Wiley of Niagara Connects

By Don Fraser, QMI Agency THOROLD, October 29, 2013 THOROLD - This is a youthful generation under a world of stress. And while they’ve never been better educated, they’re often in deep debt and can take years to land decent employment. Their mental health is feeling the strain and many of them are becoming disconnected from their communities. It’s […]

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October 2013 eNewsletter Issue No. 3

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Issues and hot topics that cross more than one of the 12 Living in Niagara sectors, in combination with timely, relevant, reliable information that informs focused planning fuel the community’s work through Niagara Connects. Cross-sector issues require careful up-front planning and decision-making, to ensure solutions are person-centered and supported by front-line community intelligence. Developing an age-friendly […]

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September 2013 eNewsletter Issue No. 2

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On August 28th, Niagara Connects hosted 123 people at over 80 sites around Niagara for an online webinar to orient people to the Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE). It was exciting to see and hear the positive response to the NKE – a reflection of the fact that the community has built Niagara Connects and the […]

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“Collective vigilance, learning and action” – Social Innovation Researchers’ Collective Impact Model Aligns With Work of Niagara Connects

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The Collective Impact model we championed at the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2011 report really does align with the work Niagara Connects leads on behalf of the Niagara-wide community.  Kania and Kramer wrote about Collective Impact in the Winter, 2011 edition of the Stanford Innovation Review. According to these researchers, “Collective Impact […]

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Toward a Mental Health & Addictions Charter for Niagara

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Niagara Connects is facilitating the work of Niagara-wide citizens, agencies and Mental Health experts as they work together to build a Mental Health & Addictions Charter for Niagara.  Through the leadership of Healthy Living Niagara, these citizens have expressed a desire to build a more person-centered system that can be navigated as a Niagara-wide continuum, […]

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Currently seeking applications for…

Niagara Connects (formerly known as the Niagara Research and Planning Council) is currently seeking applications for: Senior Research Associates, Community Research Associates, and Student Research Associates. Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. Our mission is: “Generating knowledge that drives community action” […]

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Rowing the Boat Together – Completed Webinar

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Here is a video of the Webinar in case you were not able to attend. Recorded on April 17th, 2013. Date: Wednesday April 17th, 2013 Time: 8:00 – 11:30 AM EST Location: Welland Community Wellness Complex 145 Lincoln Street, Welland, ON The Rowing the Boat Together project offers the opportunity for community service agencies Niagara-wide […]

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Niagara Community Discussion on Poverty airs on Cogeco

Catherine Mindorff-Facca, Chair of the Niagara Research and Planning Council, said poverty is not just an individual problem, but a problem for the entire Niagara community, during taping of a Cogeco Taking Niagara By Storm show at Welland’s Rose City Kids Theater on October 24, 2012. Eliminating poverty requires an investment in a municipalty’s strategic […]

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Poverty’s Heavy Toll

A new report on entitled “Are the Consequences of Poverty Holding Niagara Back?” shows everyone in Niagara is paying for the cost of the consequences of poverty, and the scope of what it’s costing us is jaw dropping. The new policy brief unveiled on September 26, 2012 by the Niagara Community Observatory, in partnership with […]

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