Research

WCG can truly be considered a “practitioner researcher” based on our experiences and knowledge gained in working closely with more than 150 000 participants.

Research

WCG can truly be considered a “practitioner researcher” based on our experiences and knowledge gained in working closely with more than 150 000 participants.

We’re helping people change their lives for the better, and in doing so, we’re constantly learning a lot. We also consider ourselves a “reflective practitioner,” continuously building on and refining our best practices and innovation, as we are taught by our own experiences.

This interaction of reflection, practice and research takes our human service profession forward both in knowledge base and in practice. WCG is proud to contribute its knowledge, experience and expertise by participating in formal and informal research. For example:

  • WCG, supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, led research into Ontario employers’ experiences, approaches, challenges and practices with respect to recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities. A survey of over 500 Ontario employers was conducted in order to identify prevalent attitudes affecting hiring practices, as well as labour market trends that influence employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The resulting report provides an overview of the economic, demographic and labour market factors that influence the employment of persons with disabilities in Ontario. 
  • WCG led a consortium of consultants on behalf of the BC Ministry of Human Resources, in conjunction with the Minister’s Council on Employment for Persons with Disabilities, to undertake a project to research, document and validate BC employers’ experiences, approaches, challenges and best practices with respect to recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities. A survey was sent to 2850 employers and 15 key informant interviews were conducted. The research was also the basis for a tool to help BC employers recruit and or accommodate persons with disabilities. 
  • WCG appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s Parliamentary Standing Committee of Veterans Affairs in 2012 to provide recommendations on the delivery of frontline health and well-being services for Canadian Veterans. Recommendations were included in parliamentary report titled Improving Services to Improve Quality of Life for Veterans and their Families.
  • Members of WCG’s rehabilitation team present at conferences as experts in our field, such as at the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada National Conference in Canmore, Alberta, in 2012, where we presented on vocational rehabilitation management and outcome complexities.
  • WCG is currently working with the Centre for Action in Work Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (CAPRIT), affiliated with the University of Sherbrooke, to assist in validating a new assessment instrument to be used with clients suffering from diagnosed mental health disorders who are seeking employment.

What can WCG do for you or with you in the realm of research? Please contact contact Risë Bulmer (rise.bulmer@wcgservices.com) if you’re interested in WCG’s research or future projects.