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 Connects community network and its knowledge tools over the past eight years.
Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network of people who work together to plan, learn, innovate and lead community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. It is led by a Council of volunteers committed to strengthening Niagara-focused evidence-informed planning and knowledge exchange. Its mission is: Generating knowledge that drives community action.
“Niagara Connects works together with the Niagara-wide community to identify Niagara’s assets, and address gaps requiring attention”, states Dr. Madelyn Law, Niagara Connects Chair and a Fonthill resident. “The end goal of our work is to fast-track people’s search for relevant, reliable information that enables focused planning within the Niagara context”.
Two main knowledge tools are produced by Niagara Connects:
- Living in Niagara report (2008, 2011), a regular measure of quality of life in Niagara across 12 Sectors that align with the social indicators of health:
- Arts, Culture and Heritage in Niagara
- Transportation and Mobility in Niagara
- The Environment in Niagara
- Learning and Education in Niagara
- Housing and Shelter in Niagara
- Crime, Safety and Security in Niagara
- Health and Wellness in Niagara
- Work and Employment in Niagara
- Economic Development, Poverty and Prosperity in Niagara
- Belonging, Volunteering, Giving and Leadership in Niagara
- Getting Started in Niagara
- Recreation and Sports in Niagara
Research is now underway for the Living in Niagara–2014 report, to be released in late 2014.
Niagaraknowledgeexchange.com (NKE) supports innovations within and across the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors. It fast-tracks people’s search for relevant, reliable information for planning, and connects diverse Niagara community partners. Knowledge Brokers connect people to people and information via data, research reports, Webinars, in-person events, electronic newsletters, community blog posts, details about partners and projects, a calendar of community events. Construction of the NKE is supported by Ontario Trillium Foundation funding.