We frequently hear discussion about the possibility that younger generations are going to be poorer than their parents. Many young adults are in entry jobs at ages when their parents were established and having children. Some claim that the baby boom set itself up with good education, good health insurance, good jobs, good job protection, … More Does Social Policy Support Intergenerational Fairness?
Housing First (originally Pathways to Housing as first implemented and evaluated in New York City) has become an international model for learning about evidence-based practice in social services. It has been implemented and evaluated in many countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Finland and the list continues to grow. A major HF … More An International Evidence-based Social Service Model: Housing First (HF)
Wikipedia has an interesting table showing minimum wage rates in many countries. They then calculate what share of the GDP per capita in that country, a full time minimum wage worker worker would earn in a year. The following table presents some examples for Canada, USA and a few comparable countries. It also shows the … More A New Measure of Inequality in the Labour Force
For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings
Thanks to President (and Michelle) Obama, February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month in the USA. Researchers and educators are warning of the pervasiveness of this problem and the consequences for the health and social adjustment of adolescent victims and perpetrators. These concerns and the connections to other forms of youth crime, violence and … More Teen Dating Violence: Are we making progress?
There is reason to be optimistic about today’s youth, as well to take pride in how society encourages positive youth development. All in all, youth in North America seem to be doing quite well. But there is also reason to be concerned about how well the complex system of programs for “youth at risk” is … More Systemic Problems in Youth Services?
Recent years have witnessed a spurt of development of monitoring indexes of the well-being of children. Some are coordinated internationally; some are developed without much reference to international measures, often in order to provide information of special interest to the organization doing the work. A lot of effort goes into developing these measures, and their … More New Indexes of Children’s Well-being: Unicef and USA
The OECD has introduced an international survey of problem-solving skills among students, involving 84000 students in 44 countries. The first survey results place students in Singapore, Korea, Japan and China (Macao, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei) at the top of the list for problem-solving skills. Students in Canada, Australia, Finland, France, Germany, England and the … More Results of a New International Survey of Problem Solving Skills