The voices of residents from low-income neighbourhoods are often missing from urban planning discussions related to the health and sustainability of communities. This research project examined how residents feel about their neighbourhoods and the policies that are most important to them.
Three research questions guided this project:
How do residents define a healthy neighbourhood?
How do people understand the role of public policy in creating healthy
When provided with a range of policy choices, which variables rank highest?
The Community Voices research project was developed in collaboration between the Wellesley Institute and the School of Cities at the University of Toronto. The project used a mixed-methods research approach with a quantitative survey followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews. This study was conceptualised as a pilot study to capture a snapshot of resident views and develop the research methods for conducting this type of research in diverse, low-income, suburban communities.
There were four stages to this project:
This handbook will discuss our experiences from the first and second phases, with a greater emphasis on the second, survey administration phase. This phase was split into two: East Toronto (July to September) and West Toronto (October to December). The main findings of our survey can be found in the final Community Voices Report.