UPSKILL Health was a research project designed to explore the relationship of literacy and essential skills (LES) — such as numeracy, document use, and oral communication — with health and performance, using data from a large, rigorous intervention study.
The original UPSKILL trial tested the effectiveness of workplace-based LES training for employees in the tourism accommodations sector. While health was one of many outcomes of interest in UPSKILL, this was studied in much greater depth in UPSKILL Health. The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is the Canadian non-profit research organization that developed and managed both UPSKILL and UPSKILL Health.
Funding for UPSKILL was provided by Employment and Social Development Canada; UPSKILL Health was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Published: June 2016
Policy Area: Adult Learning - Literacy and Essential Skills, Health - Population Health
Population: General Population - Low-skilled Workers