Research & Policy

Research and policy development is a large part of what we do to serve immigrant-serving organizations in Alberta. AAISA’s research initiatives provide evidence-based models that evaluate and address the needs and barriers newcomers to Canada face. Our research portfolio includes, but is not limited to:

  • The coordination of collaborative research projects and proposals
  • Development of research briefs and bulletins
  • Reports related to changing policies in settlement and integration
  • Provision of expertise in local community development initiatives

Our goal is to build the capacity of our member agencies and other interested organizations by conducting and sharing the findings of our stakeholder-informed research, and by staying current on the trends and issues facing the sector.

Publications and Data

AAISA undertakes completing four research bulletins and two research briefs each fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). These publications address areas of policy, arising immigration trends, and other settlement and integration sector topics. The publications are distributed to AAISA members and are also accessible via the AAISA Research Library. We ask that you credit our publications appropriately if you plan on using our materials to inform your work.

In 2015, the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary, a project of AAISA, published the Calgary Well-Being Survey (CWS) which provides an analysis of immigrants’ status of well-being in Calgary. The goal of this survey was to assist settlement and integration stakeholders in gaining a comprehensive understanding of immigrants’ well-being in order to prioritize key areas of action to facilitate systems change.

In an effort to provide open data to our members and the sector as a whole, AAISA welcomes interested stakeholders such as policy makers, researchers, students, and service providers to request the CWS data. This valuable data can be used to inform decision making or as the  basis for further research. To request this data, please contact AAISA’s Research and Policy Coordinator.