Measuring impacts and progress

Measuring impacts and progress — Call for applications

About Measuring impacts and progress

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications to apply for a Measuring impacts and progress grant.

The purpose of the Measuring impacts and progress granting is to support empirical research that will help improve how the justice system serves the people of Ontario. This granting stream highlights the Foundation’s strategic objective of expanding knowledge: “We continually deepen our knowledge of access to justice, including the contribution of community organizations. We are committed to share our knowledge of what is happening and what works”.

The Foundation is aware that several definitions of empirical research/investigations exist. As a general matter, we are looking for research that is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief. Tied into the idea of “empirical research” is the scientific method of working or testing a hypothesis through observation and experiment. Empirical investigations use quantitative data, which is when you analyze numerical data, or qualitative data, which is when you use non-numerical data such as observations and interviews.

Eligibility

The Law Foundation of Ontario makes grants to advance access to justice. Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that work to benefit the people of Ontario. The Foundation does not provide funding to individuals or to for-profit ventures.

 Criteria

A Measuring impacts and progress grant must support access to justice and fit within the Foundation’s mandate and be consistent with the Foundation’s mission and vision.

Preference will be given to applications that have one, some, or all of the following characteristics:

  • Builds knowledge through interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives
  • Supports innovative approaches to research that builds on the skills of diverse scholars, institutions, or disciplines
  • Builds partnerships with the nonprofit sector
  • Provides answers to research questions related to which legal information, services, and/or dispute resolution mechanisms make a difference or work best and how they can be improved
  • Seeks to improve data collection or access to data in the justice sector
  • Explores the experiences of people who have engaged with the justice system and the impact of justice system outcomes on them
  • Examines justice system experiences and impacts on diverse individuals and communities
  • Mobilizes research and knowledge to lead to improvements in the justice system’s operation
  • Come to a completion or be self-sufficient after the term of the grant, as this is one-time research funding  

Grant amounts

  • The Foundation will accept applications for a small grant for up to $25,000 that enables the development of new research questions, as well as experiment with new research methods.
  • The Foundation will also accept applications for a large grant between $50,000 and $100,000 for a full research project.

Where the applicant is a post-secondary institution or where the applicant partners with a post-secondary institution, the costs with respect to the post-secondary institution should reflect those generally paid for academic research grants (e.g. see SSHRC eligible costs).

 Application processes and deadlines

Small grant application

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applications for a small grant are for a project that enables the development of new research questions, as well as experiment with new research methods. Activities may include literature searches (peer-review and/or grey literature), environmental scans, and relevant knowledge-gathering initiatives. The findings of these activities are expected to inform the development of new research questions or set the stage for experimenting with innovative research methods.

Download the application form in Word format here: Measuring impacts and progress small grant application form and submit it via email to grants@lawfoundation.ca

 

Large grant application

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applications for a large grant are for a project that will include a significant portion of data gathering and analysing as a means of promoting how the justice system serves the people of Ontario.

Download the application form in Word format here: Measuring impacts and progress large grant application form and submit it via email to grants@lawfoundation.ca

Staff may contact you for further information as part of the grant application assessment process. The more the Foundation understands about your organization and your proposed project, the better assistance we can provide.

Applications will be reviewed and presented to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and decisions will be communicated as they are made.

Before you apply:

  1. Read the FAQ
  2. Read the sample Letter of Agreement
  3. Review the reporting requirements
  4. Discuss your idea with a Grants Officer.

More information

For more information, please contact Mario Gravelle, Grants Officer, at 416-598-1550 x 236 or mgravelle@lawfoundation.on.ca, or Thijiba Sinnathamby, Grants Officer, at 416-598-1550 x 318 or tsinnathamby@lawfoundation.on.ca

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The Foundation promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcomes grant applications that meet the diverse needs of Ontarians.

The Foundation is committed to meeting community needs including the needs of the Francophone community. Applicants can community in French during the grants process and will receive direct French language services during this process.

We accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities in our grantmaking process.