So what do we do with all this data on poverty?

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Data is important to paint a picture of what is going on in the world around us. Analysis and understanding of this data allows us add texture and depth, which is more useful than just point on a graph line. Once we’ve done all this, then what?

  • People with mental and physical disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty.

  • 41% of Canadian parents and guardians have been unable to save any money for their children’s post secondary education.

  • 21% of Canadians are unable to afford dental care.

These are only three of several findings from Angus Reid Institute’s (ARI) research on poverty in Canada. My conversations with Shachi Kurl at ARI has been about understanding the human reality and impact of these kinds of findings.

The question then, is what do we do about this as funders, policy makers, and community at large?