institute for social research

York University  

Over 40 years of excellence in conducting applied and academic social research
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON Canada
M3J 1P3

Telephone: 416-736-5061
Toll-free: 1-888-847-0148
Fax: 416-736-5749

YouthREX, State of the Youth Sector Study
ISR is conducting a qualitative research project for the YouthREX, State of the Youth Sector Study ( Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, YouthREX is a province-wide initiative based at York University with five regional Hubs across Ontario. The objective of this project is to determine how Ontario's non-profit youth sector makes use of evaluation and research in their organizations by conductingin-depth interviews with 60 non-profit youth sector leaders across Ontario. Dr. Uzo Anucha (School of Social Work at York University) is the Principal Investigator for this study, and Stella Park is the Project Manager for this study at the ISR. Data analysis for this project is completed using NVivo software.
Employment Experiences of Second-Generation Adults
in Toronto
This SSHRC-funded research project examines the impacts of race, gender, social network, and place on employment and social mobility of the second generation (adult children of immigrants) in the Greater Toronto. ISR is currently interviewing 2,000 individuals who are second generation (children of immigrants), between 25 and 44 years of age, from various racial/ethnic groups across Toronto CMA. Dr. Valerie Preston (York University) and Dr. Brian Ray (University of Ottawa) are principal investigators of this study. David Northrup and Stella Park are managing this study at the Institute.
The NICE Survey
ISR is completing the Survey of Older Adults on behalf of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). The main goal of the survey is to measure mistreatment of older adults in Canada. For this study, older adults are defined as people who are 55 years of age or older. Mistreatment of older adults is rare, but it can take many forms including not providing assistance when needed as well as psychological, financial, physical, and sexual abuse. The survey of at least 5,000 older Canadians will be completed in all ten provinces. Interviewers will have information to provide to respondents who have been abused. A social worker is available to talk with survey respondents at any time during the course of the study. Drs. Lynn McDonald and Anthony Lombardo are ISR’s main contacts at NICE. Dr. Lombardo can be reached at: or via toll-free telephone at 1-888-501-9226 x 101. To visit NICE on the web go to:
The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) 2015
This biennial study of student awareness and use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs was initiated in 1977 by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Now spanning more than 30 years, the OSDUHS is the longest ongoing school survey in Canada, and one of the longest in the world. The Institute has conducted this survey for CAMH since 1981, and is currently undertaking its 20th wave of this study. The survey, which now includes measures of student mental and physical well-being, is administered in classrooms across Ontario to approximately 11,000 students in grades 7 through 12 between October 2014 and May 2015. This comprehensive strategy facilitates comparisons between Canadian and American studies, and provides information on the critical age patterns associated with smoking, drinking, drug use, and physical and mental well-being. Funding is provided by the Government of Ontario. CAMH's Dr. Robert Mann is the principal investigator, and the study is managed by CAMH research analyst Angela Boak. Stella Park is the ISR study director.
Health Care Experience Survey
This province-wide study measures the public's access to physicians by interviewing a random selection of Ontarians on their experiences seeking primary health care. The Institute is completing approximately 11,200 telephone interviews across Ontario this year. Respondents will be asked about their satisfaction with health care in Ontario, their personal health and if they have a family doctor. This study is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. To learn more about the study visit or call ServiceOntario at 1-866-979-9300 (toll free). At ISR contact David Northrup, Associate Director, 416-736-5467 or leave a message at 1-888-847-0148.
Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) Study

The goal of this study is to gather data for the planning and evaluation of public health programs and services across Ontario. Modeled after a study first conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the RRFSS study gathers data which is used to monitor key public health issues such as flu shots, health eating, drinking and driving, sun safety, women's health, and so on. In 2015, the Institute will conduct approximately 16,000 telephone interviews with residents in the regions served by each participating Public Health Unit. Funding for the study is being provided by the individual Health Units. For more information on this study, please visit the RRFSS website. Liza Mercier is directing the study at ISR.

Legal Problems of Everyday Life
Civil justice concerns non-criminal disagreements between individuals, and between individuals and companies, e.g., serious problems with major purchases, dealing with prejudice, receiving poor or incorrect medical treatment, problems with employers or neighbours, and family issues relating to child custody and wills, etc. Studies have shown that for some people, civil justice problems have considerable financial, health and social costs. This current study will determine the number of civil justice problems in Canada, make comparison to earlier national and international studies, and examine the costs to individuals as well as to society for these problems. In the fall and winter of 2013-14, the Institute will complete 3,000 telephone interviews with randomly-selected adult Canadians across all provinces as well as 300 shorter interviews with cell phone users. This study, undertaken on behalf of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice at York University, is designed to help make the justice system fairer, easier to use, less costly, and more effective. The research team is led by Dr. Trevor Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Chair of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. David Northrup, Director of Survey Research, manages this study at the Institute.
2015 York University Cyclical Program Review
Each year, the Institute surveys undergraduate and graduate students in selected programs as part of the University's Cyclical Program Review. As mandated by the University's Quality Assurance Procedures, each degree program is assessed on a rotating basis every eight years. Student feedback is collected on topics such as quality of teaching and the curriculum, course delivery options, and the quality of services such as advising using an online survey. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the experiences and opinions of approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students will be gathered. Only summary results, in which any individual cannot be identified, are provided to the programs by ISR. For more information about the Cyclical Program Reviews, visit York's Quality Assurance Procedures website. Liza Mercier manages this project at the Institute.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Monitor
First implemented in 1977, the CAMH Monitor is the longest ongoing addiction and mental health survey among adults in Canada. The survey is designed to serve as the primary vehicle for monitoring substance use and mental health problems among Ontario adults. The CAMH Monitor provides trend data in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health, as well as gauges public opinion toward tobacco and alcohol policies. In addition, the CAMH Monitor explores new topics, previously unmeasured, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. In 2014, the Institute will conduct approximately 3,000 telephone interviews among Ontarians. This study is conducted on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health with funding from the Government of Ontario. CAMH’s Dr. Robert Mann is the principal investigator, and the study is managed at CAMH by research coordinator Anca Ialomiteanu. Stella Park is the ISR study director.
CANPLAY Pedometer Study

Canada's study on Physical Activity Levels Among Youth is a survey designed to collect comprehensive and accurate information on the physical activity levels of Canadian children and youth via pedometers. Approximately 10,000 children and youth were initially selected from across Canada for the 2007 survey. The survey will be conducted annually through 2015-2016. The research is being conducted for the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) a not-for-profit research agency that has been studying the physical activity patterns of Canadians since 1981.

Funding for the project comes from the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments through the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Principal Investigator for the CANPLAY project at the CFLRI is Christine Cameron and Cora Lynn Craig is the Co-Investigator. Richard Myles is directing this study at the Institute.