CONSULTING AND ADVISORY SERVICES
Our Consulting & Advisory Services team focuses on delivering applied social innovation by identifying and scoping challenges, and bringing together diverse (and often unlikely) partners to co-develop solutions to complex social problems. Our Advisory Services team focuses on process expertise, while benefiting from deep networks of subject matter experts to do research, analysis, strategy and policy work.
We source the data, crunch the numbers, make sense of and connect things in sometimes surprising ways. Our work is inclusive and aims to incorporate views, opinions and suggestions from a range of sources across community and levels of government. This ensures that the approaches are grounded in reality. That they are valued, actionable, sometimes suprising. And, in the process of our engagements we build capacity across the community to understand the issue and participate in delivery of solutions
While each project is different, four core activities (and the ways we do them) set our services apart: engaging, convening, facilitating, and innovating.
Deep expertise, coupled with broad networks in diverse communities across western Canada, enable us to deliver tailored, creative engagement for any project type.
As a social enterprise with deep connectivity in communities, we are uniquely positioned to bring together diverse parties across social serving organizations, government, and business, enabling creative partnerships and solutions to address complex problems.
With the right parties at the table, we bring talented and experienced facilitators who aim to co-develop solutions with actors that know the problems, and the available assets, best.
With any advisory undertaking, the proof is in the pudding; our approach focuses on creating mechanisms and vehicles for implementation (whether these include partnerships, financing approaches, projects, social ventures to be developed, or something else entirely) that will result in sustainable progress.
While these are the core elements of our practice, each project is different. Explore our case studies to get an understanding of the range of projects we’re working on.
what we’re working on
Calgary Urban Sustainablility Housing Renewal Project
in 2017 and 2018 Urban Matters CCC led a combined Urban Matters-Urban Systems team as a partner on a redevelopment plan for two City of Calgary affordable housing properties. The redevelopment will significantly expand occupancy, while also focusing on building more complete communities with access to supports and amenities for whole communities. The Urban team contributed a situational analysis, detailed housing needs assessment, and a financial analysis of options for redevelopment.
City of Richmond Homelessness Strategy
Along with BC Non-Profit Housing Association Urban Matters CCC is working with the City of Richmond to update their Homelessness Strategy. The stakeholder focused – co-creation project will focus on gap analyses, best practices reviews and finally strategy development.
In 2017 Urban Matters CCC worked closely with the City to incorporate an asset-based and resilience lens to the City’s Housing Needs Assessment. Work is ongoing to support the City’s Healthy Housing Strategy with best practices research, technical analysis to refine strategy options, and support in stakeholder engagement.
Strathcona Regional District Housing Needs Assessment
City of Vancouver Homeless Count
Gibsons Affordable Housing Development
Urban Matters CCC is working with the Town of Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society to develop a mixed income rental development of 30-40 units. Urban Matters’ project contributions included a Town-owned land review, community engagement activities, and consultation with architectural consultants to develop site plans and designs, and a capital budget.