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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Do More With Data

The Halton Youth Impact Survey provides a snapshot about youth wellbeing in Halton during COVID-19. The next step is to explore and share the findings. Use the Data Portal to begin exploring the data. Have conversations about what the results mean, and how we can work together in Halton to respond to these findings.

These guidelines for interpreting and using the data can help you put research into action in your work:

Understanding the Data

  • It is more useful to look for patterns of findings than to focus on a specific finding.
  • Using multiple indicators as evidence of strength and need is a much stronger approach than using a single indicator.
  • Use caution when making comparisons. Look for at least a 5% change or difference between groups. This helps to avoid “over-interpreting” small differences as being important.
  • Several types of response bias have been identified related to self-report surveys. Use caution when interpreting the meaning of findings because some data may not represent all youth in Halton.
  • The data are meant to provide a snapshot of information about how Halton youth are doing. The data cannot explain why an indicator is at a certain level.

Interpreting the Data

Bring groups of different community partners together to talk about and explore the data. Try using the Data Conversation Tool to explore the data further as a team.

Questions to consider:

  • What data points stand out to you? Why?
  • What issues does the data bring to mind for you?
  • What story does the data tell for you?
  • How can this data help you or your organization?
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