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reports, research, and toolkits

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economic immigration lab - year 1 report

This report is a review of the first year of the Economic Immigration Lab June 2017 - June 2018. The report includes a review of lab activities and outputs, an evaluation of objectives, and a summary of learning and recommendations for the future of the Economic Immigration Lab.

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Mainstreets toolkit 

This toolkit outlines our process for envisioning and capturing the potential of an area by mobilizing people to cultivate the beauty and spirit of their community.  The goal is to bring energy & resilience to the heart of our neighbourhoods through demonstration projects and long lasting initiatives.


placemaking Canada

Across Canada growing numbers of placemaking initiatives are changing the landscape while increasing citizen involvement in their communities. This report is an exploration of the needs of placemakers in Canada, the challenges they face, and actionable recommendations to strengthen and multiply their impact.

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Civic Commons Halifax

Civic commons are perhaps best understood as those places “where we do together what we can’t do alone.”  They are key public facilities such as libraries, markets, parks, recreation facilities, and public transportation, that provide a standard of living for all citizens. In this report we examine the state of the civic commons in Halifax, as part of a broader national research project of 10 major Canadian cities.


leadership capacities

Working on complex challenges requires leaders to be self-aware, strategic thinkers with a unique capacity to engage others to discover meaningful solutions. They are deeply collaborative leaders who know that the old ways of command and control won’t work. These are 8 essential capacities for leading in complex and chaotic situations.

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of Heart & History report

COLAB worked with the team at HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development to evaluate the impact of a multi-year program.