May 15, 2013

In April 2012, Shift entered into a partnership with the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health Centre for Prevention Science, the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Human Services, United Way of Calgary and Area and the City of Calgary’s Family & Community Support Services to create a robust, multi-pronged strategy aimed at cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people throughout Alberta. This strategy includes school-based programming, community-based programming, strategic coordination, and capacity development for both service providers and teachers.  This approach is testing the alignment and synergies of systems, policy makers, practitioners and academics to...

April 30, 2013

According to policymakers and practitioners working in the field of domestic violence prevention, there is a thirst for research that will help to improve practice and initiate innovative responses at the community level. However, while the ‘will’ exists, the challenge of time, space and access make it difficult for practitioners and other community-based organizations to utilize relevant research. Innovative methods of engagement and communication are needed to bridge the gap between research and its practical application. In response to this, Shift created a one-year community of practice pilot project with the Grande Prairie and Area Family Violence Prevention Network, to focus on...

March 31, 2013

Since November 2012, Shift and representatives from Grande Prairie, AB have been collaborating on a one-year pilot project aimed at disseminating research findings and building knowledge and skills to initiate community-based primary prevention initiatives. The project draws upon principles of a community of practice model and includes a series of group discussions, reflection and presentations from field experts and academics.  While Grande Prairie is scheduled to wrap up their pilot project in June of 2013, Medicine Hat/Brooks is getting started with their own community of practice.