Project LUCID

Environmental Scan & Needs Assessment

We are currently conducting an environmental scan and needs assessment seeking to identify gaps in programs, services, and supports (e.g. education, employment, housing, mental health, etc.) for people being held in, and recently released from, adult (18+) provincial custody in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

At this time, we are looking for at least 60 survey participants—about 10 from each facility listed below—and several key stakeholder and community-based service provider interview participants.

-Post-release survey-

Post-release survey participants are people who:

  1. Are currently living in the GTA
  2. Have been recently released from adult provincial custody—out for 12 months or less
  3. Were released (from court or directly from jail) on bail, probation, parole, or unconditionally after being incarcerated in one of these facilities: Vanier Centre for Women, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre, Central North Correctional Centre (Penetang), or Central East Correctional Centre (Lindsay)

This anonymous survey is available online, and on paper (upon request), and takes about 20‑30 minutes to fill out. There is a $15 gift card for survey completion. When completed online, survey participants receive a confirmation code to use to collect their gift card.

The online survey is currently open.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to participate in the online survey, here is the link:

If you are a service provider, please advertise the post-release online survey, and the link to it, via social media, text, and/or email to your clients and professional networks. Please also feel free to post the recruitment flyer in your office/space. If you would like to facilitate the survey (e.g. assist with reading, etc.) for any of your clients or other people, please contact us.

-Key stakeholder and service provider interviews-

Key stakeholders are individuals whose work, policies, practices, and/or activities have an impact on people who are, or have been, held in adult provincial custody. These individuals hold mid or senior level positions within: all levels of government, focused on community development, social policy, safety and wellbeing, or justice; academic institutions; not-for-profit research and/or policy institutions; funding organizations; and law firms.

Community-based service providers are working as frontline staff or management, targeting and/or serving people who are, or have been, held in adult provincial custody through the programs, services, or supports they deliver (within correctional facilities and/or communities in the GTA).

Interviews are confidential and run about 1-1.5 hours. If you’re interested in participating in an interview, or have any questions, please contact us.

On completion of this project, we hope to use a collective impact framework to address the barriers and gaps identified through the research, and promote the use of the data by broader audiences, such as government, funders and service providers, to inform future research, program/service innovation, and policy development.

The long-term, overarching goal of this project is to improve community re-entry outcomes for people leaving adult provincial custody, through increased access to supports that meet their needs.

This project is funded and supported by the City of Toronto and Laidlaw Foundation.

Contact us:
Phone: 647-685-2293