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CAMH - Smoking research study survey

The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of smoking cessation programs that involve mass distribution of nicotine replacement therapy. The study was designed as a single-blinded panel survey with random assignment to an experimental or control condition and involved two stages of recruitment and three telephone interviews. Households across Canada were contacted using a random digit dialing approach. Eligible respondents over the age of 18 were screened and recruited to either an experimental or control group, with those in the experimental group receiving a free five week supply of nicotine patches. Eligible respondents in both groups were also asked to provide a saliva sample. Follow-up interviews were then scheduled to take place eight weeks and six months after completing the initial survey.

CEMC TAM and CSG workshop evaluation

The purpose of the study was to evaluate and monitor the Centre for Education in Math and Computing's (CEMC) Think About Math (TAM) and Computer Science For Young Women (CSG) outreach programs offered each May and June to high school aged girls. Five cohorts of workshop attendees were first surveyed the year they attended the respective workshop and then follow-up surveys were administered with each cohort five years after attending the workshops.

Fall prevention study

This study examines the impact of an eight month social marketing campaign and two interventions. The marketing campaign and interventions focus on fall prevention among young children aged one to four. Effectiveness of the campaign and the interventions was assessed by conducting pre and post telephone interviews across six communities/centres. Three of the communities/centres were considered treatment group one and were exposed to only the interventions. One of the communities/centres was considered treatment group two and was exposed to both the social marketing campaign and the two interventions. The final group of two communities/centres was considered the control group and was not exposed to either the social marketing campaign or the two interventions.

International Tobacco Control (ITC) 4 Country (United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States of America)

The ITC project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of more than 80 researchers in 23 countries who evaluate the effects of national tobacco control policies on smoking behavior. Its principal funding comes from the NIH and CIHR. Re-contact and replenishment surveys for the 4 country portion of the International Tobacco Control study have been conducted by the Survey Research Centre for the past four waves of data collection.

McGill Child Health Study (mixed mode – telephone, web and paper)

The purpose of this research was twofold; first, the researchers were trying to understand the ways in which societal/environmental conditions in the home, school and community impact children’s body weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and healthy living-related behavior. The second purpose was to explore how biological (i.e. genetic and cognitive) differences impact the way children respond to these societal/environmental conditions. The focus was specifically on children between the ages of 6-12 living in the greater Montreal area, with the primary data being collected from the parent/guardian who is most familiar with the eating and physical activity habits of the child.

Sexual minority-focused sport group involvement study

Members of sports teams were recruited to a web survey and completed the survey twice, approximately one year apart. The purpose of the survey was to measure the recreation and leisure experiences of sexual minority adults in sport groups that focus on sexual minorities.

Cancer Care Ontario workplace health employee survey

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is developing a Comprehensive Workplace Health Promotion (CWHP) program to improve the health of its employees. As part of a situational assessment, an on-line baseline survey was administered to employees to learn more about their health (e.g. physical activity, smoking, fruit and vegetable intake, alcohol consumption, and mental health/stress) and their interest in various workplace health programs. To assess changes in knowledge and behaviour, a follow-up online survey is planned for one year after the implementation of the first CWHP project - a physical activity pilot project.