USask and United Way Collaboration Creates New Undergrad Course

United Way of Saskatoon and Area and United Way Regina, through 211 Saskatchewan, are proud to partner with the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR) for a newly developed undergraduate class focused on using applied research to solve local community issues. 211 Saskatchewan will provide students an opportunity to work with real-life and real-time data. This new class and partnership will help improve community supports and access throughout Saskatchewan.

Through this partnership, 211 Saskatchewan will share data gathered from the website, phone, and text services, with USask students enrolled in a new undergraduate course, starting in January 2022, focused on applied research, a subject most commonly reserved for graduate students. The data will be analyzed and used to identify gaps in services and programs in local communities. Students will then develop strategies and suggestions to close identified gaps or highlight opportunities for the service.  Finally, students will present their findings and recommendations to the 211 Saskatchewan team.

This partnership allows 211 Saskatchewan a chance to utilize the service data being gathered daily in a new way while helping to improve community supports across Saskatchewan. It also offers a mutually beneficial opportunity for USask students to get real-life experience working with real-time data to prepare them for a potential career in a research field.  

211 Saskatchewan is anxious for the recommendations that will come from this partnership in late 2022.

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