SPECTRUM partners include:

Researchers and students from the following fields at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and Athabasca University (alphabetized):

  • Economics

  • Education

  • Environmental Studies

  • Health Sciences

  • Law

  • Political Studies

  • Psychology

  • Social Epidemiology

  • Social Work

  • Urban Studies and Governance


Government Department Partners (alphabetized):

  • Central Services

  • Education

  • Families

  • Finance

  • Health and Seniors Care

  • Indigenous and Northern Relations

  • Justice

  • Status of Women


Community Partners (alphabetized):

  • Abilities Manitoba

  • Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg

  • Canadian Community Economic Development Network

  • First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba

  • Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre

  • Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth

  • Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations

  • Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre

  • Manitoba Metis Federation

  • Neeginan Centre

  • Public Interest Law Centre

  • United Way Winnipeg

  • Winnipeg Boys and Girls Clubs

  • Winnipeg Harvest

  • Winnipeg Police Service

  • Youth Agencies Alliance


The team will continue 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.