Welcome to episode 20 of the Technology in Human Services Podcast. Be data driven. Make your decisions based on data. We’ve all heard the platitudes. And data is something that the immigrant and refugee-serving sector has huge amounts of, and does very little with. In 2017, the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership started looking into changing that.
Welcome to episode 19 of the Technology in Human Services podcast. In this episode, I chat with Victoria Esses.
In this interview, I surface conversations I’ve been having with Chris Friesen of ISSofBC. We talk at what settlement work looks like now, during a pandemic. What are the opportunities the sector needs to seize? What does the funder need to understand? What do we need to understand about the digital divide and digital literacy of the newcomers and communities we serve? And more.
Much of the current writing on AI is about how AI will replace some human functions, but just as much on how important humans will remain (and perhaps more so) in the future. Current writing also emphasizes the importance of the choices we make now about AI, innovation and technology. It’s not all quite as out of our control as the tech bros might want you to believe.
If you’ve been in the sector, you’ve heard stats thrown around about how only about 40% of newcomers actually access settlement services. I’ve compiled a summary of some research where those numbers come up. You can download a bunch of reports with more detailed information. This isn’t meant to be the definitive list, just useful reports I’ve found on the topic.
These appeared in my YouTube subscriptions, I hadn’t heard about them previously. They appear to be part of OCASI’s project: Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities. The recordings look interesting, and worth a dive in. You can treat them like a mini course. Maybe watch them together for a lunch and Read more about Ending gender-based violence – a series of webinar recordings[…]
Welcome to the fifth edition of WTF (What’s the Future) of Settlement Work! (Thanks for subscribing! As always, I’d love your feedback. All you need to do is hit reply and let me know what you liked, didn’t like, what you’d like to see that’s not here, etc. I hope you find this week’s edition Read more about WTF (What’s the Future) of Settlement Work 5: technology & innovation for the public interest[…]
It’s useful to understand how your clients look for, find, assess and act on information. In this video, Professor Nadia Caidi provides an overview of newcomer information seeking behaviour and practice.