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Performance metrics on the Dashboard are sometimes drawn from policy research studies commissioned by UJA Federation and other organizations. This section of the Dashboard includes brief descriptions of each of these metrics-relevant research studies and a link to the full study report.

We have generated a community report based on the 2016 Dashboard that collects, generates, and links insights and key statistics from the Toronto Jewish Community Performance Dashboard. More than 100 Toronto Jewish Community Performance Dashboard participants contributed their data to this report. Our hope is that this document represents a giant step forward in enabling the Jewish community in using evidence-based decision making and an outcomes-based approach to programming and measurement.

Date: October 2017
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lead Researcher: Mission Measurement
Methods: A secondary analysis of insights and data from The Toronto Jewish Community Performance Dashboard
More Information: Viola Dessanti, Vice President, Measurement, Analytics, and Evaluation, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, vdessanti@ujafed.org

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  • Part 1 Basic Demographics: Examines the makeup of the Toronto Jewish community as a whole in relation to gender and age breakdowns, and comparisons with other ethnic groups and religious affiliations.
  • Part 2 Jewish Populations in Geographic Areas: Explores the Toronto Jewish community by geographic location, highlighting the distribution, density, and age, ethnic, and religious breakdowns of the Jewish population by location
  • Part 3 Jewish Seniors: Overviews the social and demographic facets of the Jewish senior population. Report discusses geographic distribution, living arrangements, marital status, disability, and languages spoken of this population.
  • Part 4 The Jewish Poor: Discusses the demographics of and the specific factors affecting those Toronto Jews living in poverty.
  • Part 5 The Jewish Family: Highlights major trends in contemporary Jewish family life in Toronto.
  • Part 6 Intermarriage: Sheds light on intermarriage amongst Toronto Jews including who intermarries, characteristics of intermarried households, and affiliations of children in intermarried families.
  • Part 7 York Region: Presents never before consolidated data that examines the growing Jewish community of the York region of Toronto.
  • Part 8 Immigration & Language: Offers ethnocultural and socioeconomic demographics for Jewish immigrants in Toronto.
  • Part 9 Core FSU Jews: Presents socioeconomic and ethnocultural demographics of Jews living in Toronto from the former Soviet Union.
  • Part 10 Holocaust Survivors This report examines the demographic characteristics of the Holocaust Survivor population in the Toronto metropolitan area.

Dates: June 2014 – December 2015
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lead Researcher: Charles Shahar, PhD
Methods: Click here
More Information: Sandi Pelly, Director, Capacity Building for the Social Services, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, spelly@ujafed.org

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The goals of the study were to uncover the impact of poverty as described by the Jews who live it; to better understand the challenges of specific Jewish sub-groups; to develop practical recommendations for action; and to raise awareness and galvanize the community to act.

Date: 2016
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lead Researcher: Dr. Randall Schnoor, York University
Methods: Uses a mixture of quantitative (survey) and qualitative (interviews and focus groups) research tools to probe experiences of poverty with a range of people in the Toronto Jewish community.
For Information: Sandi Pelly, Director, Capacity Building for the Social Services, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, spelly@ujafed.org

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The purpose of this study is to identify, measure, and understand the role that Israel plays in the lives of those Toronto Jews who are in some way connected to Israel and to Israelis. This study developed a set of research-derived expressions of Israel engagement and identified their specific component parts: knowledge about Israel, connection to Israel, personal cultural involvement, and communal involvement. Results hone in on specific populations including: age, denominations and neighbourhood.

Date: October 2015
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lead Researcher: Rosov Consulting
Methods: This report is based on data from a quantitative survey (1500 respondents) and qualitative focus groups (98 participants) where participants were recruited through over 20 community organizations.
More Information: Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, dheld@ujafed.org

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ShinShinim are young emissaries from Israel who elect to do a year of service abroad in a diaspora community post high school and prior to their army service. Now entering its 10th year, this program has brought over 100 young emissaries to Toronto’s Jewish community. The main objective of this study was to measure the impact that the ShinShinim have had on Jewish day school students in three areas: knowledge about contemporary Israel, emotional connection to Israel and its people, and action-oriented commitment to Israel.

Date: August 2014
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lead Researchers: Dr. Lior Hameiri & Andrea Shugar, BSc., M.Sc.
More Information: Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, dheld@ujafed.org

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The purpose of this survey is to gauge the Canadian Jewish community’s advocacy priorities, knowledge of CIJA’s work, and gather suggestions on how to improve Jewish advocacy.

Date: Spring 2015
Sponsor: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
Methods: CIJA– via its Local Partners across Canada, including UJA Federation of Greater Toronto – invited members of the GTA Jewish community to complete an online survey.
More Information: Sara Lefton, Vice President, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, slefton@ujafed.org

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This project explores how partnered Jewish camps (those with existing relations between day and residential camps) benefit from the partnership, with particular emphasis on the development of a pipeline of participants (campers, CITs, staff) moving to/from the day and residential camps.

Date: 2016
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Silber Family Centre for Jewish Camping
Lead Researchers: Daniel Held, Ricci Postan, and Josh Satok
Methods: This research engaged Jewish camping personnel at both day and residential camps in interviews and meaning-making meetings to explore camping pipeline relationships. Reviews of relevant camp websites and materials were also conducted.
More Information: Ilana Aisen, Director, Centre for Jewish Identity, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, iaisen@ujafed.org

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In seeking to make Jewish day school more affordable for families across the GTA, the CJE sought to learn from tuition models employed by other Jewish day schools across North America.

Date: 2016
Sponsor: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education (CJE)
Lead Researcher: Daniel Held, Evan Mazin, Ayelet Seed
Method: The websites of hundreds of Jewish day schools were reviewed to discover how they charge tuition and, just as importantly, how they present these charges.
More Information Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, dheld@ujafed.org

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Since the launch of Onward Israel, Rosov Consulting has been commissioned to explore the impact of the program on participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, as they are related to Israel, Judaism, and personal/professional development.

Date: January 2016
Sponsor: The Jewish Agency for Israel
Lead Researcher: Rosov Consulting
Methods: This study employed a mixed-methods approach, focusing on both quantitative and qualitative data collection.
More Information: Rosov Consulting, info@rosovconsulting.com

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Date: 2014
Sponsor: The Jewish Agency for Israel
Lead Researcher: Rosov Consulting
More Information: Rosov Consulting, info@rosovconsulting.com

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The purpose of the Long-Term Study 2009 – 2012 survey is to understand the evolution of participants’ views, feelings and actions related to a wide range of issues, including Jewish identity, connection to Israel, Jewish communal involvement, social activism, commitment to human rights and other universal values.

Date: December 2015
Sponsor: March of the Living, Canada
Lead Researcher: InfoFeedback
Method: The alumni from 2009 through 2012 were asked to participate in the survey. The survey results are representative of those who participated in the March of the Living during those years.
More Information: info@infofeedback.com

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The evaluations aimed to examine whether and how the tour standards set by Taglit-Birthright were implemented. To that end, six components of the programs were evaluated during our observations.

Date: April 2015
Sponsor: CIE
Lead Researcher: Henrietta Szold Institute
Method: During the winter of 2015, the research team at the Szold Institute conducted 80 performance evaluations of regular Birthright groups from North America.
More Information: Henrietta Szold Institute, szold@szold.oirg.il

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