OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.
Indicators:

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.
Indicators:

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.
Indicators:

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.
Indicators:

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.
Indicators:

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

What Next? Data To Action

Halton Youth Impact Survey Results

How are families doing in Halton? Do our children and youth have the right conditions for positive development?
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Turn the Data into Action

The findings from the HYIS provide our community with new, comprehensive data, informed by a youth engagement strategy, and validated by youth from across Halton. Now, it is time for organizations serving youth in Halton to move the data into action.

How can we support families in Halton to create conditions that promote positive development for all children and youth?

Step 1

Consider the conditions we want to see for strong and stable families and safe children and youth in Halton.
The findings from the HYIS suggest three key conditions we should strive for:

  • Reliable and consistent access to nutritious and healthy foods and stable, affordable housing for all families
  • Inclusive and welcoming spaces
  • Safe and supportive communities

Step 2

Explore and share the findings. More data can be found on the OKN Data Portal.

Have conversations about what the results mean, and how we can work together in Halton to respond to these findings.

Step 3

This Data Action Bulletin posits a series of questions, or Data Actions, to guide discussion and, ultimately, action at your organization. We encourage you to work through and discuss each question as a group. It is our vision that the conversations catalyzed by these questions will be unique to your organization and create pathways for mobilizing the data within your organization.

How we achieve these outcomes will be determined by the actions we take, individually in our respective work, and collaboratively as a community. The Data Actions below are designed to guide discussion at your organization.

Reliable and consistent access to nutritious and healthy foods and stable, affordable housing for all families

  • Are you aware of the existing resources and supports available in your community, and in what ways can you make this information easy to access and share with your clients and staff?
  • In what ways can you or your organization help advocate for families that are facing challenges meeting their basic needs?
  • Who are the potential partners (people and agencies, public and private) who have a role to play in doing better?

Inclusive and welcoming spaces

  • What would it take to do better? Are there promising practices and initiatives that have worked in other places outside your community?
  • In the work you do, are there any barriers that may prevent children, youth and families from accessing services and resources? How can you or your organization help minimize these barriers?
  • What processes can you implement in your work to avoid any unconscious or unchecked biases?

Safe and supportive communities

  • What activities, actions and policies can you or your organization implement to ensure that all children, youth and families feel welcomed and safe in the work you do?
  • Are there opportunities to promote and support existing initiatives that foster networks of belonging and solidarity for families, children and youth who may need them?
  • What processes can you implement in your work to ensure that all children, youth and their families can have their voices heard?

Limitations

  • Open invitation sampling strategy (non-probabilistic)
    • Sample is not necessarily representative of all children and youth living in Halton.
    • It is not possible to determine a response rate.
    • However, considering the geographic coverage and the size of the final sample, it’s fair to assume that we have a reasonably good cross-section of children and youth living in Halton.
  • A higher degree of diversity within this sample calls for caution when interpreting overall ratios. For more details on the composition of the sample see the sociodemographic table
  • The data are meant to provide a snapshot of youth wellbeing during COVID, and caution should be used when comparing across time.
  • While each indicator is important, using multiple indicators as evidence of strengths and needs provides a more comprehensive representation
  • This is a self-report survey and several types of response bias have been identified related to self-report surveys. Use caution when interpreting the findings
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