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Past Projects

SIRG believes in the benefits of collaborative work with community members and the use of research in understanding community needs and developing, evaluating and enhancing social service programming. The following are past research projects done in collaboration with community organizations:


Student Levy Fund

  • Bystander research and training project at Wilfrid Laurier University 

Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

  • Life in the Poorhouse: A historical digitalized case study of the Waterloo county House of Industry and Refuge

Graduate Student Levy

  • Ending gendered violence on university campuses at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Ministry of Justice

  • "It's Hard to Break a Tree: Survivor Voices from the Front"- Documentary on how domestic violence survivors are socially constructed



  • Policy research on university responses to gendered violence

Ministry of the Attorney General

  • Child Advocacy Centre Feasibility Study


Family Transition Place, Orangeville (2012-2014)

  • Gender based research on survivors living in rural and remote areas

SSHRC (2012-2015)

  • Partnership building grant in VAW work (Halton, Orangeville, Waterloo)

Canadian Centre for Ethics in sport

  • Assessing the impact of a pilot project on appearance and performance enhancing drugs for high school students.

Wilmot Family Resource Centre

  • Survivor Engagement Project

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

  • Mental Health Navigator Project Evaluation

Santé en Français, St. John's Newfoundland

  • Program Evaluation

Catholic Family Services, Peel Region

  • Evaluation of Francophone VAW Project

Grand River Community Health Centre, Brantford ON

  • Organizational development and needs assessment

Women Forum Central West Region of Ontario

  • Symposium for the Violence Against Women Forum Central West Region of Ontario.

Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Kitchener, Ontario

  • Outcome evaluation relative to interventions with child witnesses of domestic violence.

Ministry of Community and Social Services

  • Research on harm reduction and women's shelters.


Abrigo Centre (Toronto, Ontario)

  • Organizational development in the face of diversity- Documentary on twenty year retrospective on the Abrigo Centre

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
  • Client satisfaction report on health services

Mosaic Counselling Services
  • Evaluation of the Maternal Depression Project (P.I.: Ginette Lafrenière)

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (2009-2011)
  • Enhancing Service Delivery for Shelter and Outreach Programs

Ministry of Community and Social Services

  • Research on VAW forum of central west region of Ontario 


Lutherwood Family Counselling Centre

  • Understanding diversity in clinical settings

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
  • Research on the coping strategies of survivors’ who have left the shelter system

Astley Family Foundation
  • Environmental Scan of Youth 12-18 Years of Age Living in the Region of Waterloo

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
  • Client Satisfaction Survey of Primary Health Care Services

WLU Faculty of Social Work (2009 - 2010)
  • Understanding intergenerational activism in two mid-sized universities in  Ontario (P.I.: Ginette Lafrenière)

Planned Parenthood of Waterloo Region (2009 - 2010)
  • Outcome evaluation of a sexual health project for Afghani and Sudanese women living in the Region of Waterloo (P.I.: Ginette Lafrenière)

Ministry of Community and Social Services (2009 - 2010)
  • Needs Assessment for Survivors and Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Central West Region of Ontario. (In partnership with KW Counselling.)


Health Connect Counselling Partners

  • Evaluation of the HCCP in its current form as well as arguments for future directions

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

  •  Mapping of newcomer organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo

Ministry of Community and Social Services (2007 - 2009)

  •  Needs assessment in gaps in services for domestic assault survivors and perpetrators in partnership with the Domestic Assault Review Team of Waterloo Region