Social science and humanities research has enabled data-driven policy and practice. In the field of social work, as in other disciplines, evidence-informed practice is critical. Good research and good practice and policy are inextricably linked, inform one another, and most importantly, contribute to the everyday well-being of Canadians—particularly the most vulnerable among us. With respect to my area, cyberbullying among children, youth and young adults, research is essential in order to inform effective prevention and intervention strategies.
SSHRC-funded researcher and dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto