We are often contracted by local, provincial and federal governments and not-for-profit organizations to conduct or summarize research evidence to inform their evidence-based policy decision making and improve practices. Past collaborators include Employment and Social Development Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), Caregivers Alberta, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE), and the Greater Edmonton Foundation (Seniors Housing). We often mentor graduate students (*) through the writing process. Here’s a sample of recent reports:
Caregiving for older adults with disabilities: Present costs, future challenges written by Janet Fast and released by the IRPP December 2015
World report on ageing and health released by the World Health Organization September 2015. Norah Keating contributed to the conceptual framework and writing of the report.
Intergenerational relationships: experiences and attitudes in the new millenium written by N. Keating, D. Kwan, S. Hillcoat-Nalletamby, and V. Burholt (2015), a report to the UK Government’s Foresight Future of Ageing project.
Assessing the needs of employed caregivers and employers a report written by N. Keating, J. Eales, S. Donalds*, and J. Fast (May 2015) for Caregivers Alberta
Care work and paid work is an increasingly pressing issue. Many caregivers are in peak earning years and struggling to balance children, employment and caregiving. For some, caregiving leads to long-term, cumulative financial and personal hardship, threatening their ability to meet care and job obligations, and their financial security, both now and in the future. In collaboration with Caregivers Alberta, we conducted three focus groups with currently and formerly employed caregivers and employers to explore the intersection of caregiving and employment. Comparing participants’ experiences, three tensions existed for both employees with care responsibilities and employers: deciding whether to disclose; trying to do it all; and managing the uncertainty of care. Results enhance our understanding of the challenges that organizations and individuals face in combining employment and caring and inform the development of tools and resources to help create workplace cultures that enable caregivers to continue in paid work and reduce human resource and related costs for employers.