Reducing Isolation of Seniors Collective (RISC) evaluation project

Last Updated: August 16, 2018

Bonnie Jeffery, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Tom McIntosh, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Nuelle Novik, PhD (Co-Investigator)

SPHERU researchers are collaborating with provincial agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to reduce social isolation experienced by urban and rural older adults.


The Reducing Isolation of Seniors Collective (RISC) partners include the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Red Cross (Saskatchewan), along with the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Regina. SPHERU’s role is to evaluate the collective impact of the RISC initiative in reducing social isolation of seniors.


Project lead Dr. Bonnie Jeffery, along with Dr. Tom McIntosh and Dr. Nuelle Novik, will form the Evaluation Oversight Committee, and work with Dr. Chad Nilson of Living Skies Centre for Social Inquiry. Upon completion of the evaluation, SPHERU will present its findings and results at a one-day policy summit where policy and community representatives from South and Central Saskatchewan will be in attendance.