Food Innovation Lab
Davis Pier led an 18-month social innovation lab focused on addressing food insecurity as part of a provincial poverty reduction strategy. The work involved an Insights phase that provided the chance for emersion in a number of environments and to engage over 300 individuals, including those with lived experience, service providers, and other stakeholders. Ideation was conducted with a cross section of citizens, not-profit providers, government service providers, and experts, resulting in two concepts that were prototyped in community. The final concept was approved and prototyped with 10 families for three months, yielding a number of positive benefits to health and wellbeing for participants.
Behavioural Insights Partnership
Davis Pier has been engaged by a provincial government as part of a unique partnership to deliver five separate projects looking to improve policy and service outcomes using behavioural science. These projects include increased attendance at meetings with case workers, reduction of demand for harmful products regulated by government, increased participation in key social programs, and increased usage of digital services.
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia was selected as a finalist in the national Smart Cities Challenge granting competition. The program that the Town was proposing built upon its acclaimed Community Energy Investment Plan by proposing to transition those in “energy poverty” toward a clean and affordable energy economy through the use of data and connected technologies. As part of its final proposal, the Town needed to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on its proposed energy program. Working with the Town and with the Nova Scotia Office of the Information Privacy Commissioner, we developed a PIA to ensure that the innovative solutions to address energy poverty complied with privacy requirements while still enabling transparency and access to data.