Social Planning Council of Ottawa


Increasing the capacity of voluntary sector agencies to effectively use data for planning.

Data & the SPCO

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa is pleased to lend its experience in social research, policy analysis, and community consultation to not-for-profit organizations and community members. Our goal is to build the capacity of local agencies and organizations to produce and to integrate community-based research in their planning processes and in taking action on social and economic issues.

Our projects benefit from the superior access to data, thanks to our membership in the Community Data Consortium, and to the full range of skills, knowledge, and expertise of SPCO staff and volunteers.

Ottawa & Region Data Consortium. The SPCO is pleased to be the host for the Ottawa chapter of a national Community Data Program created by the Canadian Council of Social Development.  This exciting initiative enables community based organizations and municipalities to access data from Statistics Canada and other institutions to identify and better understand the social and economic trends within their individual communities.  The Community Data Consortium reduces the cost of acquiring community data, builds community data analysis capacity and connects a national network of data users.

The Neighbourhood Equity Index. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Equity Index is a tool to assess and compare unnecessary and unfair differences at a neighbourhood level on factors impacting wellbeing. The Index measures how each neighbourhood is doing in five domains of wellbeing supported by 28 indicators. > Go to the NEI

Survey design and evaluation. For more information > Go to Effective Measures

GIS Mapping. GIS analysis and social mapping help identify and highlight distributions and patterns that might not be apparent from tables and charts. Our maps have been used as valuable decision-making tools by experts, policymakers, and community organizations. With our expertise in geospatial analysis and social mapping we offer:

  • Analysis and visualization of socio-demographic trends using census data or community infrastructure and services information
  • Analysis of neighbourhood level data to identify issues, strengths, proposed solutions & to develop community action plans
  • Creating Story Maps and Participatory Community Maps: Using community or agency data to tell a story”

See the SPCO's recent and ongoing data mapping projects. > Go to Portal

Data visualization. Data visualization and report design in a variety of formats: traditional print or interactive online reports, social media friendly infographics, dashboards/instant data analytics, case studies, videos (see our Social Enterprise, Hot Shoe Productions) and more.

Participatory research. Participatory research or action research, i.e. community groups doing their own research.