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September 18, 2023
Canada is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Renters and owners alike have seen their housing costs rise consistently, leading many to question how we got here, and what we can do to make housing more affordable. Experts and commentators point to a number of interrelated factors as culprits, including chronic insufficiencies in housing supply, financialization and speculation in the housing market, exclusionary zoning policies and cumbersome approval processes , and a general lack of affordable housing units, to name a few. In any case, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) estimates that housing was last affordable in 2003 and 2004. Today, home ownership is no longer a viable option for many middle class Canadians due to record-high home prices coupled with high mortgage interest rates. Meanwhile, soaring rent prices in or near urban centers like Vancouver and Toronto severely limit the housing options of middle and lower income earners. With these challenges in mind, we conducted an online, nationally representative survey among 1,000 Canadians in March 2023 to gauge how Canadians feel about the housing affordability crisis, and which policies they think are most effective at addressing it.
August 14, 2023
It’s not enough for a product to be top of the line, better than the ones that came before it, or utilize the newest technological advances. A product must be tailored to its users and meet their needs.
In the past decade, the concept and practice of User Experience (UX) has changed the way we design and interact with digital products.
July 18, 2023
In the previous blog, I discussed the impact of Machine Learning (ML) in our current world. We ended with two questions:
1. In this brave new world of AI and machine learning (ML), how do we operate?
2. As individuals, groups, businesses, and governments, how do we navigate a landscape filled with ML?
We need to understand what we’re working with before we can plan how to move forward. This blog will dive into some of the machinery that makes AI and machine learning work.
July 4, 2023
For the purposes of this blog, we’re going to be focusing in on machine learning (ML), a subset of AI that focuses on understanding and building methods that let machines “learn”: training data is leveraged by algorithms to improve the performance of models. These models can describe anything that you are trying to predict or classify based on underlying characteristics.
May 23, 2023
The new guidelines made headlines in Canada and abroad, generating a public debate about what this meant for people’s relationships with drinking, social habits and perceptions of risk associated with it. In light of these new guidelines, DS conducted an online survey among Canadians in March to understand their perceptions of these new rules and their intent to follow them in the future. Will Canadians really limit themselves to two weekly alcohol drinks?
April 13, 2023
As agencies begin deploying tools like ChatGPT, Bard, DALL-E, and Midjourney, many are eager to understand their disruptive effects' true scale and nature. In this blog, we explore how generative AI can help streamline processes, personalize experiences, and enhance creative output, as well as the challenges and limitations these technologies present.
March 15, 2023
Recently, public safety issues have gained considerable attention among policymakers and everyday Canadians. For instance, random stranger attacks in Vancouver became a focal point of the city’s 2022 municipal election campaign, while debates over gun control continue at the federal level.
With this in mind, we believe it is important to understand how everyday Canadians perceive issues like violent crime, random attacks, and vandalism in their communities, as well as why these issues arise and who bears responsibility for solving them. These perceptions can influence individual behaviour and institutional decision-making, and can significantly impact trust in and satisfaction with government and law enforcement.
January 9, 2023
The Greyhound project is a DS-led, always-running research polling project across Canada that allows to regularly ask Canadians about a variety of current events, understudied issues, and other research curiosities.
Greyhound is our space to innovate, contribute to public opinion research in Canada, and share our findings with a wider public.
January 12, 2022
Did you know that 70% of elected federal officials in 2021 were men? With more public calls for gender parity, why is this social change so slow to come? An experiment ran by DataSciences reveals that the Canadian public is open to electing women, but also less confident in female candidates' odds of winning their elections compared to men.