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The CommunityView Collaboration -- Find out more about your community!

The CommunityView Collaboration website provides a wide range of community information focused on the Saskatoon region.

What is the CommunityView Collaboration?

Public Health Observatory of Saskatoon Health Region is mandated to facilitate the development of a comprehensive community information system that is seen as a key tool to support local decision-making for a variety of human service providers. Developed in conjunction with other Community Partners, the CommunityView Collaboration, enables strategic decision-makers access to data that will aid in identifying and prioritizing population needs, configuring human service systems, promoting cross-sectoral partnerships for health improvement, and evaluating and monitoring service utilization and program outcomes. The CommunityView Collaboration is managed by a cross-sectoral steering committee and supported by the CommunityView Coordinator. The steering committee is drawn from Community Partner organizations that provide material support, share their data and/or use the system for planning. The CommunityView Collaboration is fully internet based and requires no additional software to access its resources. The data and resources available through the CommunityView collaboration can be presented in tables, charts, graphs, or maps and can be exported and shared through email and social media.

Why did we develop the CommunityView Collaboration?

Increasingly, human service providers find they need better tools for planning and decision making to increase efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery. In order for information to be useful for this purpose, it needs to be timely, relevant and available in sufficient detail to decision makers, planners and the public. It is even more effective if the information is generated, managed and controlled locally. CommunityView is an important tool for service providers to addressing health status and quality of life assessments, integrated planning, programmatic decision-making, evaluation of outcomes and targets, and dissemination and communication.

What are the benefits of CommunityView Collaboration?

  • CVC enhances strategic decision-making by improving the quality of data used, expanding the breadth of relevant data available, and presenting information in an easily understandable manner;
  • CVC facilitates the use of evidence in planning and delivery of services by making information directly available to key staff members in all participating sectors;
  • CVC ensures consistent, timely, and efficient data delivery by assembling and managing a single repository which incorporates a variety of sources and elements of data;
  • CVC increases staff skills in the analysis, interpretation, and application of information in planning by providing training in the principles of data use, attributes of the database, and analysis tools;
  • CVC promotes partnerships within and among human service organizations by sharing data, information and other resources;
  • CVC contributes to the research literature by conducting studies and communicating findings of original research

CVC itself does not make policy decisions, but notably enhances the factural basis for each participating organization or agency for decisions regarding planning, allocation of resources, what services to provide, and what research areas to pursue.

How can I learn more about the CommunityView Collaboration and its resources?

Hands-on orientation to the CommunityView Collaboration, its information resources and tools can be arranged for you and your organization by contacting the CommunityView Collaboration Coordinator at or 306-655-4682.

Last Modified: Thursday, February 26, 2015 |
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