Downtown Dialogue in Action

The John Howard Society, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services and NORDIK have partnered in creating a Strategic Action Plan for social development in the city’s downtown core by sharing ideas and experiences through dialogue on what is needed to create a safe, secure, and thriving downtown with an emphasis on including voices of marginalized groups. This project is funded through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services’ Proceeds of Crime program and a grant from United Way’s Community Endowment Fund. Read more

The Downtown Dialogue in Action project worked towards community revitalization and improved overall quality of life for residents, businesses, and other organizations in the downtown area.

The project utilized community consultation combined with evidence based approaches to target risk factors associated with crime and victimization. The project will require collaboration and participation across a wide range of stakeholders and organizations in order to better network to advocate for sustainable change in the downtown core. Activities that were undertaken through this project include:

• Formation of a Project Advisory Committee

• Community dialogue and engagement in order to develop a strategic action plan to address crime in the downtown through social development;

• Introducing conflict resolution strategies to the community using restorative justice practice training;

• Researching best practices for downtown business/social entrepreneur development as a tool for social development;

• Validating outcomes and initiatives of the strategic action plan through hosting of a public forum

Action Researchers:  Dana Chalifoux and Tom Green;  Research Coordinator:  Jessica Bolduc;  Research Director:  Dr. Gayle Broad.

Downtown Dialogue in Action's final Research Report: Crime Prevention through Social Development is available for download. Report includes action research methodology, findings and recommendations.

Contact Information:

Dr. Gayle Broad
(705) 949-2301 ext. 4351

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