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At Vivic Research, we support agents working toward social justice with economic and data-driven research. We serve advocates, think tanks, governments, labour unions, and other agents engaged in the development of public policy. We empower our clients with economic knowledge through our practice areas: economic research, data science, and training.

Our Priorities

Economic Research

We develop boutique research studies focusing on targeted issues related to the intersection of policy, economics, and social justice. This includes but is not limited to literature reviews, policy recommendations, community consultation and cost/benefit analysis. Our past work has included costing an alternative municipal budget for the city of Ottawa with an emphasis on racial and gender equity, research on Employment Insurance and best practices for post-secondary education fees and debt cancellation.

Training

We provide personalized training on quantitative research methods for teams, helping them build confidence and do their work more efficiently. Vivic offers SPSD/M training for beginners and more experienced users. Our introductory training "Getting Started: Policy Analysis Using SPSD/M" gets researchers quickly up-and-running with SPSD/M, saving time and frustration.

Data Science

We develop processes for procuring, organizing, and analyzing information effectively and efficiently. We also provide our clients with analysis they can easily replicate such as annual factsheets or reports.

Our Work

Alternative Municipal Budget for the City of Ottawa

In work done for the Ottawa Coalition for a People’s Budget, Vivic Research created the Alternative Budget which presents a progressive and ambitious vision for the City of Ottawa and its finances. The proposals put forward in this alternative budget require substantial funding. To fund them, we have reallocated millions of dollars from the police budget to other City programs, reduced spending on fossil fuel infrastructure, and implemented new taxes. Read More

Towards Equitable Post-secondary Education in Canada

In work done for the Canadian Federation of Students, Vivic Research presented a series of policy recommendations aimed at easing the burden of student debt and tuition prices. The recommendations we put forward prioritized the needs of low-income and otherwise marginalized students, in doing so, advocating for progressive change in Canada’s approach to education funding. Read More

Reforming the Competition Act

Vivic’s Robin Shaban testified to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology on April 6th and 20th, 2021. She highlighted the need for reform to Canada’s Competition Policy to make our economy more equitable for all Canadians. To learn more, check out our briefing note to the Committee. Read More

Key Performance Indicator Roadmap: A Path Forward for Measuring Fort Calgary's Impact

Vivic worked with the Fort Calgary Society to develop key performance indicators to track their success in advancing reconciliation and cultural heritage in the City of Calgary. These KPIs were anchored in a logic model for the organization that mapped out how each of Fort Calgary’s activities created the outcomes they wanted to provide to the community. Read More

Monopoly and the Covid Recovery

At the 2021 Canadian Economics Association conference, Vivic’s Robin Shaban presented at a panel on how we can create a more just and resilient economy post-pandemic. Robin highlighted the role of monopolies and market power in creating inequality and how we need legislative reform to address the issue. Read More

Non-Police Mental Health Crisis Response for the City of Ottawa

Vivic, sponsored by 613-819 Black Hub, undertook community consultations to explore the possibility of a non-police response to mental health crises. The report reviews public policies that have contributed to crises situations, the history and current operations of emergency responses, existing alternatives across North America and available responses in Ottawa. The strategy is a detailed proposal of a non-police mental health crisis response that would better meet community needs, and includes the cost of the program and concrete steps to reallocate funding from the Ottawa Police Service. Read More

Employment Insurance in Canada: A Literature Review of Current Internal Government Studies

The Vivic team summarizes relevant findings from 13 studies developed by Employment and Social Development Canada on the state of the Employment Insurance Program 2013 and 2019. The studies examine many facets of the EI program, such as apprenticeships, training, the compassionate care benefit, the work-sharing program, the reasons why those who are eligible for benefits do not apply, and the extent to which the program alleviates poverty and redistributes income across program participants. Read More

Check and balance: The case for improving Canada’s Competition Act to protect workers

The Vivic team along with co-author Ana Qarri outline how the Competition Act could be doing more to protect workers, and where it falls short. It also provides a guide for advocates and labour unions on how to engage with the Competition Bureau during the course of merger investigations. Read More

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