PolicyWise for Children & Families exists to improve child, family and community well-being by leading, creating and mobilizing research and evaluation for evidence-informed policy and practice.
What's Inside
Here's what's inside our first newsletter of 2018:
newyear Happy New Year from PolicyWise!

Our Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Bob Westbury commented that he is pleased with the significant progress PolicyWise has made since it was founded in 2003. 

We hope you have a happy and healthy 2018!

From L to R: Current Board Chair: Dr. James Talbot, Chairman Emeritus: Dr. Bob Westbury, current CEO: Robyn Blackadar
grantsAnnouncing Grant Winners

We are excited to announce the winners for the PolicyWise Fall 2017 grant competitions and the winner of the Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network Early Career Award. 

Congratulations to all the successful applicants!

PolicyWise Grant Winners:
  • Seed grant: 
    • Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens - "Exploring visual research as a participatory evaluation method for gender-informed mental health promotion with adolescent boys: A pilot study"
  • Grant: 
    • Dr. Dorothy Badry - "Advancing Knowledge on Best Practice and Care of Infants, Child and Youth with Prenatal Substance Exposure/Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Child Welfare"
    • Dr. Bukola Salami - "A Participatory Action Research Project to Promote the Mental Health of African, Black, and Caribbean Youths in Alberta"
  • Doctoral award:
    • Ms. Melissa Tremblay - "Understanding the Experiences and Outcomes of Teen Families Involved in a Supportive Housing Program"
Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network Early Career Award Winner:
  • Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens - "Healthy relationships as a foundation for school-based mental health: Evaluation, implementation and sustainability"
PolicyWise will not be holding a grant competition in January 2018. The next research grant funding priorities are under discussion with our funding sponsor, Alberta Children's Services.  We will provide further information when it becomes available. Please look for upcoming announcements in the PolicyWise newsletter.
feedbackFeedback Requested

The Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (Council) wants to hear from you!
Council is establishing a strategic plan to guide and focus the work for a three year mandate. This Council is reaching out to stakeholders for input into their plan.  It is important that Council listen to the community to be able to reflect relevant issues and concerns of the disability community. 

Click here to view an information card  about the Council that includes two key questions. 
Input on these questions is due Friday, February 9th, 2018.
Responses to the questions can be emailed to:  hs.pcspd@gov.ab.ca or if you require assistance or alternate format please contact the office of the Secretariat by phone at: 780-422-1095. 
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hiringCareers at PolicyWise

PolicyWise is currently hiring a full time Research Director, Data Initiatives in our Edmonton office. Reporting to the Chief Analytics Officer, the Research Director, Data Initiatives is responsible for providing leadership and key strategic advice on the scientific direction of the CYDL and other data initiatives. Learn more about the role and apply  here.
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