Issue Identification and Action

Bruce and Grey’s model is open to responding to a wide range of issues and/or risk factors that impact community safety and well-being, particularly for vulnerable residents. As a starting point, the Bruce and Grey CSWBP consultation and local data analysis phase has informed identification of the priority areas for action for Phase 2 of the project. Bruce and Grey’s model for collaboration, planning and action is led by Counties on behalf of the lower-tier Municipalities with the involvement/collaboration of the Advisory Committee.

CSWBP Issue Identification Flow Graphic

1. Evidence-Based Issue Identification

A community safety and well-being issue is identified through the Advisory Committee, ongoing engagement with community groups, other levels of government, emerging research, environmental scan/data analysis or as submitted online at  by community partners, organizations or individuals.

Criteria for considering an Action Table response:

  • The issue is supported by data/evidence.
  • Achieving the desired outcome requires a collaborative or multi-sector approach.
  • If the issue is not addressed, there is a risk to community safety or well-being in one or more of the Priority Risk Areas.
  • Input has been sought from people with lived experience of the issue under consideration.
  • Another group or organization is not already well-positioned to successfully address the issue within its current capacity or resources.
  • The issue requires a broader community or system-level response. For instance, the issue must be beyond the scale of an individual or family.
  • The issue is of a size and scope that is actionable.
  • There is a high likelihood that an Action Table will achieve the desired outcome.

2. Issue Assessment

The Advisory Committee assesses the issue to determine the appropriate response including the potential identification or formation of an Action Table. The issue assessment process will be augmented by the available local data and decision support.

3. Action Table Formation/ Identification

Where appropriate, an Action Table will be created. A chair is appointed to recruit community partners or individuals best positioned to address the issue. If an existing body is already well-positioned to address the issue, the group may be asked to assume the role of an Action Table.

4. Action Planning

The Action Table develops an Action Plan that includes measurable objectives and outcomes and identifies required resources. The Advisory Committee endorses the approach.

5. Implementation

The Action Table implements the Action Plan. The nature, approach and outcomes of each Action Table will vary. Action Tables will be formed for various lengths of time, dependent on the needs of the community and the response required.

6. Evaluation and Outcomes

Action Tables will provide regular updates to the Advisory Committee and a final report will be provided at the conclusion of the initiative. This will include an evaluation of outcomes and impact. Action Tables that have been established to respond to longer-term system issues will report to the Advisory Committee no less than once per year.