Case Study 1: Precarity and its Impact on Household and Community Wellbeing
Research Team: Alan Meisner (City of Toronto), Dan Rosen (City of Toronto), and Peter Viducis (City of Toronto), John Shields (Ryerson), Luin Goldring (York University), Diane Dyson (WoodGreen Community Centre) and Marcelo Castro (Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre), Sam Vrankulj (McMaster University), Karen Lior (Toronto Workforce Innovation Group), Stephanie Procyk (UWT)
Student Researchers: Janet Dassinger (McMaster University), Olha Lahotska(McMaster University), Navjeet Sidhu (McMaster University)
Objective: To conduct a series of interviews to inform the development of the long survey and assist in interpreting survey findings. The focus will be the impact of precarity on household and community wellbeing.
Key Research Activities and Methodologies: During the first 12 months of the project, 5 focus groups will be conducted representing diverse populations at risk. Participants will be identified by community partners. The objective is to inform revisions of the surveys described above. Beginning in 2012, about six months after the long survey is administered, detailed interviews will be conducted with one or more members of 100 households in the GTA and Hamilton where at least one family member is employed in a precarious employment relationship. They will be randomly selected from households who complete the long survey. Approximately twelve months later, each family will be interviewed a second time. The objective is to supplement data gathered from the long survey. The interview methodology is similar to one successfully used by Newman & Chen (2007) in their study.