<This series of posts is aimed at the current RADIUS Trampoline cohort – but will be of use to anyone learning to do secondary market research. Click on the table of contents to go to the first post.>
Government agencies at all levels – from cities & provinces all the way up to countries and intergovernmental organizations such as the UN or the World Health Organization – are concerned with the economic and physical wellbeing of citizens in their jurisdictions.
That means that if you need information on anything from the leisure habits of Albertans to the number of people with physical disabilities in Canada, a government agency is likely to have both collected and published the data… and there’s a good chance that they’ve published it for free!
I’ll list below a few examples of the sorts of information found via governmental agencies. I'm focusing here on resources that seem likely to be relevant to an "access to nature" theme in hopes that they will be useful for the Trampoline 2018 participants.
- Factsheets on Canadians and Nature: Outdoor activities & on Parks and green spaces
- Infographic: Canadians and the Outdoors
- Report: Outdoor time, physical activity, sedentary time, and health indicators at ages 7 to 14: 2012/2013 Canadian Health Measures Survey
- Data and reports on Physical activity during Leisure time
- Raw data from the Households and the environment survey
- Census data (2016): Census Profiles (of cities, provinces, etc.) and Your Community in Stats
Also: the Canadian government often commissions private research firms (Environics, Ekos, Decima, NRG, etc.) to conduct public opinion research on their behalf. The results are generally published via this portal: Public Opinion Research Reports (PORR)
- Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities: Making B.C. a truly inclusive province by 2024
- Destination BC (Tourism Sector Profiles): Outdoor Adventure
Alberta: Alberta Recreation Survey
Ville de Montréal: Sports and physical activities
City of Vancouver:
- Study of Travel, Health, and Activity Patterns Before and After the Redesign of the Comox-Helmcken Greenway Corridor (note: sometimes reports on related initiatives will use the same evidence you are seeking... make use of the work of others!)
- Goal: Active Living and Getting Outside (Factsheet)
** Learn from the experiences of others!
California: Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
biodivcanada.ca (federal, provincial and territorial working group on biodiversity):
- 2012 Canadian Nature Survey: Awareness, participation, and expenditures in nature-based recreation, conservation, and subsistence activities
- (For the background on this study, see The Value of Nature to Canadians Study)
Again, these are just samples that came up in my initial searches.
You know your topic best, and I’m sure that you will be able to guess which of your brainstormed questions might be answered by some level of a government. In many cases you may also be able to predict which specific agency will have the treasures you need.
Save time – go straight to the source!
We're just warming up! The next "likely publisher" category is >> Associations
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