Innovation, Experimentation and Evaluation Since 1991
Who we are
The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a non-profit research organization created specifically to develop, field test, and rigorously evaluate new programs.
SRDC's two-part mission is to help policymakers and practitioners identify policies and programs that improve the well-being of all Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on the disadvantaged, and to raise the standards of evidence that are used in assessing these policies.
years of experience in running randomized controlled trials and policy experiments
years of experience in developing and testing of behaviour-based interventions
years of extensive experience advising non-profits, foundations, and sector-based organizations
completed projects for various federal and provincial departments, municipalities, and other public and non-profit organizations
Since 1991, SRDC has developed trusted, evidence-based research, policy development, and program evaluation for a variety of issues facing disadvantaged people in Canada.
SRDC works with policy makers, stakeholders and practitioners to develop and enhance programs that help adults access education and skills development programs and resources.
SRDC's evidence-based research enables decision-makers to develop training programs and resources for Canadians facing disadvantages to improve their skills to succeed in the labour market.
SRDC works with diverse communities to develop research and evaluate initiatives that help leaders improve their ability to provide a sense of place, resources, and opportunities for their community members.
Our research and program evaluation equips employment policymakers and service providers with ways to support Canadians to achieve their employment goals across the life course.
SRDC’s capacity for policy analysis, program evaluation, and performance measurement help pan-Canadian health organizations and others develop effective healthcare solutions and promote population health and wellbeing.
We undertake a wide range of policy analyses, evaluation, and community-based research to better understand the structural factors exacerbating homelessness and inadequate, unaffordable, or precarious housing and the impact this has on individuals and communities, and to test out creative solutions.
We work with governments and settlement service providers to identify effective programs and supports essential to the integration of newcomers.
Our research enables policy and decision-makers to develop and implement programs and policies with the aim to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of vulnerable Canadians.
Our projects consider the factors necessary for every child to succeed in their learning, supporting decision-makers in identifying and implementing programs that improve student success.
SRDC is learning what it takes to increase the success rates of high school students and adults navigating transitions into, through, and out of post-secondary education, including university, college, and trades programs.
SRDC works with our partners to develop and assess innovative social finance approaches that address social and economic challenges facing Canadian communities.
SRDC works with community partners and educators to better design, develop, and implement programs that provide young people with positive relationships, confidence and social-emotional skills, ultimately leading to improved well-being, positive education and training opportunities, and employment outcomes.
Leader in Policy Experimentation and Evaluation
SRDC’s team is a passionate and highly-qualified group of professionals from a diverse range of policy and research backgrounds including economics, psychology, sociology, public policy and administration, geography, and health policy.
Our staff has experience in a vast array of policy and program areas including employment and workforce development, education, poverty and income security, health and well-being, economic integration of immigrants, youth development, and supports for the social and economic inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented groups.
Our work encompasses many areas of expertise and spans multiple policy areas, each having a direct impact on the lives of Canadians. We invite you to explore what we’re working on right now.