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Data-Driven Social Needs Assessments: Key to Building Stronger Communities

Travis Turner
Social Needs Assessments, integral tools for community planning, are becoming increasingly reliant on data for crafting effective strategies. This blog post delves into two key components of these assessments: social data trends and supply mapping.
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Escalating Homelessness in Canada’s Small and Rural Communities: A Rising Challenge and the Urgent Role of CMHC’s Housing Accelerator Fund

Dr. Alina Turner
Uncover the stark rise in homelessness in Canada's smaller communities and the pivotal role of CMHC's Housing Accelerator Fund in addressing this urgent issue.
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Unveiling the Human Stories Behind Homelessness Statistics in Canada

Dr. Alina Turner
Homelessness in Canada isn't just a static issue; it's dynamic and ever-evolving. Data is often seen as a collection of numbers, but behind each figure is a person with a story. By taking a human-centric approach to data, we start to appreciate the diversity within the homeless population, understanding that each individual has unique needs and circumstances.
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The Imperative of Data-Driven Insights in Shaping Safer Communities

Dr. Alina Turner
Explore how AI and data analytics revolutionize community safety and well-being, offering in-depth, real-time insights for resilient, proactive strategies.
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Part 2: Getting Ahead of the New Homelessness by 2030

Dr. Alina Turner
Delve into 'Getting Ahead of the New Homelessness by 2030 Part 2,' focusing on building sustainable communities and tackling root causes of homelessness with integrated health, economic policies, and community engagement.
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Part 1: Getting Ahead of the New Homelessness by 2030

Dr. Alina Turner
In the wake of COVID-19, the landscape of homelessness has shifted dramatically. As a social systems planner, I've witnessed the need for innovative strategies to address this evolving crisis.
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Why Every Municipality Needs a Social Needs Assessment: A Smart Investment in Community Wellbeing

Sarah Williams
Discover why a social needs assessment is key for municipalities to foster community wellbeing and make smart, impactful investments.
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From Data to Story: Reimagining Grant Applications with Karto

Dr. Alina Turner
Explore the intricate world of grant applications through 'Karto's Role in Elevating Grant Narratives,' a blog blending AI insights with human expertise to transform complex data into compelling, impactful stories for transformative opportunities.
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Youth Challenges in the Post-COVID Era – Insights from Karto Signals’ August Briefing

Jesse Donaldson
Preview 'Karto Signals': an insightful monthly briefing exploring critical social issues like youth well-being, mental health, vaping, and substance use. Access valuable data, resources, and discussions to address public health challenges post-COVID.
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Solving Canada’s Housing Crisis through Data-Driven Solutions: A Blueprint for Systems Planners, Government, and the Social Sector

Dr. Alina Turner
Dive into the complexities of Canada's housing crisis in this insightful blog, exploring how data-driven solutions and collaborative efforts can address skyrocketing prices, limited availability, and rising homelessness.
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Discover the Power of Persona Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Your Community

Jesse Donaldson
Explore the transformative power of persona mapping in community understanding with our case study, a technique that goes beyond data to capture the real human experiences and emotions in social infrastructure planning.
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The Digital Footprint on Canada’s Doorstep: Tech’s Unforeseen Influence on Housing

Dr. Alina Turner
Discover the impact of tech-driven gentrification in Canadian cities in this insightful blog, exploring how the influx of tech firms and digital nomads is reshaping urban landscapes, housing markets, and community dynamics.
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