SOCIAL INNOVATION OUTPOST

PIER LABS

From poverty and healthcare to education and employment, our approach is to use all forms of evidence to develop policy and program improvements that we then rigorously test through experimentation.

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Our Projects

Project HALO

The Housing Assistance and Life Outcomes Research Study

AspireAtlantic

AspireAtlantic is a demonstration study seeking to implement and test an evidence-based employment services model in Nova Scotia and PEI.

 

Taking Care of the Valley

Designing new initiatives to integrate women’s caregiving duties and participation in the local economy.

Community Land Trust

In partnership with United Way Halifax.

WHAT WE DO

When it comes to policy and program development, governments are too often required to rely on opinion and intuition. The process traditionally lacks context, rigour, and evidence, leading to the launch of programs that may not yield the intended results. Our goal is to support initiatives that will improve the lives of Canadians by incorporating science and experimentation into the policy process.

Davis Pier’s social innovation outpost, Pier Labs, works with partners in government, healthcare, academia, and the not-for-profit sector to help solve some of the toughest problems our country is facing. From poverty and healthcare, to education and public safety, our approach is to use all forms of evidence to develop policy and program improvements that we then rigorously test through experimentation.

 
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Social Science and Economic Research

We use evidence-based policy approaches such as translating existing research, developing field experiments and randomized control trials, and using other quasi-experimental and evaluation techniques.

Behavioural Science

We have expertise in behavioural science (also known as behavioural economics or behavioural insights), and use the knowledge of human decision-making and common behavioural biases to design “nudge” projects to improve policies, programs, and services.

Human-Centered Design

We work with citizens, stakeholders, and government using a formalized design thinking process to develop innovative solutions that can be tested, iterated and scaled.

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WHO WE ARE

Pier Labs is a federally incorporated non-profit organization. Its purpose is to work with government, community organizations, post-secondary institutions, charities, foundations, and private sector organizations to conduct research and innovation on complex societal issues impacting the wellbeing of Canadians.

It is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the Directors of Davis Pier Consulting and external members, ensuring transparency and mission-driven decision making.

Board of Directors

MIKE DAVIS

Chair

DARRYL PIERRYNOWSKI

Board Member

JIM HANLON

Board Member

SUSAN MACDOUGALL

Board Member

JOANNE BATH

Board Member

Interested in learning more? 

Reach out to Jennifer McGill, Executive Director of Pier Labs