The Eureka! Research Institute at UTS
The Eureka! Research Institute is one of a small number of school-based research institutes in Canada, and supports the development of evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practices, facilitates interdisciplinary inquiry and co-designed research, and develops school-university partnerships and collaborative knowledge networks.
Dr. Anna Taddio
Dr. Taddio, who has received more than $1 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support her research and efforts to reduce fear of needles in youth, has conducted research at UTS focused on student experiences with immunization to mitigate pain. This work was used as the basis of a global guidelines by the World Health Organization. Dr. Taddio worked with UTS staff to create a video to support her CARD (Comfort, Ask, Relax, Distract) program. Developed for youth by youth, CARD is a game where students select interventions they want to “play” from within each category and then share them with adults who help support their choices. For example, a student may wish to play from category “A” and ask to be vaccinated in a private place, or “D” and bring an electronic device to serve as a distraction. “CARD is a major breakthrough,” says Dr. Taddio.
Behavioural Economics Action Research (BEAR)
In partnership with BEAR, one to three students a year participate in research and implementation of Behavioural Economics with a team of undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors. Past projects have included research for Shared Services Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, the Government of Ontario and others.
Work is done with local organizations in support of our outreach initiatives to create a community at UTS that is more representative of the city we live in: