Shaping the direction of youth health

The COMPASS system is a research platform for evaluating natural experiments and generating practice-based evidence in school-based prevention. 

The COMPASS system is focused on enabling the timely and robust generation of knowledge and evidence to advance youth health, by building the capacity to integrate research, evaluation, policy, and practice within the Canadian (and international) prevention system. Learn more about COMPASS.

  1. Jan. 3, 2017COMPASS study receives funding from Health Canada to expand to new jurisdictions

    Health Canada will be providing funding for the COMPASS study to expand its research activities into new jurisdictions across Canada starting in 2017. Funding for this endeavour will enable the COMPASS research team to expand into diverse areas in Canada to further increase the value of the already-robust data that are being generated by the CIHR-funded COMPASS activities (in ON and AB), while offering services to schools, health stakeholders, and governments in new communities across the country.

  2. Aug. 4, 2016COMPASS study receives funding from CIHR to create a mental health module

    The Canadian Institutes of Heath Research has announced funding for the COMPASS study to build and test a mental health module to be used in future COMPASS data collections. Funding for this endeavour will enable the COMPASS research team address a topic that schools have consistently identified as a priority area regarding youth health. The work to create the data collection instruments and feedback apparatuses will be led by COMPASS post-doctoral fellow,  Dr. Karen Patte.

  3. Aug. 3, 2016COMPASS study receives funding from CIHR to continue for 5 more years

    The Canadian Institutes of Heath Research has extended funding for the COMPASS study for an additional 5 years. This additional funding will enable the COMPASS research team to continue to learn which policy, practice, and environmental changes at schools are having the most impact on student health outcomes. It will also allow researchers to better understand the effects of provincial (e.g., Smoke-Free Ontario) and Federal policy changes (e.g., marijuana legalization, e-cigarette control) have on youth behaviours and outcomes as they are rolled out in the next few years.

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