Much of the work carried out by Calhoun Research & Development is done under contract for a client, and the company is not necessarily at liberty to distribute the results.  Here are some examples of recent projects:


Homelessness in Greater Moncton
Since the fall of 2007, Sue Calhoun has carried out a contract with the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee to raise awareness about the issue in Greater Moncton. She has designed and written a website (, produced a quarterly newsletter and researched and written seven annual Report Cards on Homelessness in Greater Moncton. Check the website for more information.


Good practices in rooming houses
"Rooming houses offer a path out of homelessness for those leaving an emergency shelter. And while many do offer safe and affordable housing, others are characterized by a variety of problems: shared bathrooms and kitchens that are often unsanitary; lack of repairs and maintenance resulting in properties that are poorly kept; lack of privacy and security; drinking and drug use; theft; and violence."

This March 2011 research report, funded through the Homelessness Knowledge Development branch of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and produced by Calhoun Research & Development/Recherche et développement, examines rooming houses as one critical housing option for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and identifies good practices in rooming houses as well as programs and services that might help rooming house tenants to sustain their tenancies. Included are two-page "good practices" flyers in both official languages (English | Francais).


Making Waves: Dating Violence Prevention Program 
Critical Review 2006
Making Waves/Value par vague Inc. is a dating violence prevention program that was started in New Brunswick in 1995 by three women who had collectively spent many years working in the field of abuse and sexual assault, and who had seen the "cycle of violence" repeat itself too often.  Making Waves is a program that educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships.  It is the only dating violence prevention program in the province - and maybe even in Canada - that is based on a "peers talking to peers" model.  Over the years, the program's content and format has been extremely creative and innovative, and has evolved based on input from young people.  In 2006, Calhoun Research & Development carried out a Critical Review of the program.  Making Waves is now part of Partners for Youth,


Girls in Canada 2005
A report prepared for the Canadian Women's Foundation, September 2005. For many years, the Canadian Women's Foundation has funded projects focused on violence against girls and women. The organization was interested in expanding this mandate, to consider programs that are holistic, comprehensive and address a variety of challenges facing girls today. As a first step, the CWF contracted Calhoun Research and Development to carry out a literature and statistical review on the situation of girls in Canada today. 


A Portrait of Women Business Owners in Atlantic Canada in 2003
In 2003, the company interviewed 500 women business owners in Atlantic Canada to establish baseline data for the Women in Business Initiative of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). This 123-page report includes both primary and secondary research, and is a rich source of information about women business owners in the region in 2003. 

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Looking beyond the surface:  An in-depth review of parental benefits, 2002
In January 2001, Human Resources Development Canada increased the maternity/ parental benefits available under the Employment Insurance Act to one year, for eligible women. It was thought that this increase in time at home for a parent, in the first year of a newborn's life, would promote healthy child development. This project, carried out with Women's Network PEI, demonstrated that this policy is not equitable for all women, especially those who are self-employed or work at non-standard jobs. 


Maritime Series: The State of the Regions
For five years, Sue Calhoun was part of a team at the Université de Moncton that produced a series of profiles on the 11 economic regions of the Maritimes, as defined by Statistics Canada. These brief and concise books paint a dynamic picture of the demographic and economic characteristics of each region, including their economic development challenges, and measure the vitality of their public and private sectors. Books that Sue was involved in researching and writing include:

  • 2003 - The Economic Region of Annapolis Valley and Halifax
  • 2001 - The Economic Region of Southwest New Brunswick
  • 2000 - The Economic Region of Southwestern Nova Scotia
  • 1999 - The Economic Region of Northeast New Brunswick
  • 1998 - The Economic Region of Prince Edward Island


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