SPECTRUM partners include:

  • researchers and students from the fields of education, social work, law, psychology, sociology, economics, social epidemiology, and political studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg

  • government staff from departments of Families, Education and Training,and Justice, and the cross-sectoral Healthy Child Manitoba Office

  • leaders of community service organisations – including United Way Winnipeg, Public Interest Law Centre, Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Police Service, and others.


The team will be reaching out to other organisations over the next several months. Please contact us for more information on how your organization can participate in SPECTRUM.

How does the partnership work?


A group of researchers, government staff and leaders of community organisations came together with an idea to work together, and collaborated on the development of an application for a Partnership Development Grant to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This application was funded for 3 years (to 2021).

The funding supports the development of the partnership, which means the building of working relationships between the partners named in the grant, as well as growth to bring in new partners who can contribute to the goals of SPECTRUM.

Student researchers will work on projects that evaluate programs and policies delivered by government partners and community organisations, and the reasons why some programs and policies are not reaching all the people who need them.


Students and partnership members will work together through workshops, meetings, one-on-one discussions, emails etc., to develop project ideas and to complete the projects.