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Research, Evaluations & Quality Improvement

PQCHC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework

EDI is embedded in all that we do. This Framework was designed to align with, and support, the Centre's work of advancing health equity, diversity and inclusion across the organization and community.

PQCHC EDI Framework

Food Security Pilot Project


In the spring of 2020, the Ottawa Foodbank and PQCHC partnered on a pilot project to explore how food banks operating at our Community Houses could leverage resources to provide food security supports and address the underlying causes of food insecurity among the clients we serve.

Food Security Pilot Project - Executive Summary

Food Security Pilot Project - Full Report

Promising Practices for Online Youth Programming


In March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to rapidly shift programming on-line with little forethought or evidence to support our programming decisions. With no end of pandemic restrictions in sight, PQCHC contracted the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) to provide a review of promising practices in online youth programming that could inform the organization's programming decisions on an ongoing basis.

Promising Practices for Online Youth Programming Final Report


Community Needs Assessment 2023


COVID-19 Pandemic: Community Needs Assessment 

Phase II

 Phase II (July to September 2020) highlights the results from 305 survey responses. This assessment looks at how needs may have shifted from Phase I, with the goal of ensuring services are relevant and responsive to the communities served. 

Phase II - Zooming in on a Pandemic:

From the Global to a Hyperlocal Catchment Area Community Needs Assessment

Phase I

Over March and April 2020, PQCHC’s Community Health Services department conducted a series of wellness checks to identify the prevalence of various needs including: food security, computer access and internet access.

Phase I - Community Needs Assessment Report

Phase 1- Community Needs Assessment Condensed Report

Phase 1 - Community Needs Assessment Executive Summary


Evaluation of Equity in Education's 3-year Pilot Project


With the goal of reaching more students who would benefit from Pathways to Education programming, PQCHC has been working with community partners over the past several years to establish a Collective Impact initiative called Equity in Education (EiE) to explore ways to collectively address the gap in high school graduation rates among low-income communities in Ottawa. In January 2018, EiE received three years of funding from the Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF) to test a new approach to improving educational outcomes for youth living in low-income neighborhoods in Ottawa. 

EiE Final Evaluation Report

EiE Final Evaluation Executive Summary

Pathways Evaluation of the PC Food Program


To support youth engagement and enhance nutrition knowledge, Pathways created and delivered an innovative cooking program. The infographic below provides an overview of the program and the feedback we received from youth participants.

Pathways Evaluation of the PC Cooking Program

Pathways Ottawa Design Sprint

See how Pathways Ottawa’s Design Sprint sparked youth imagination as students co-design innovations and virtual supports to help their peers. 

Design Sprint Case Study (2021)

Design Sprint Playbook

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