Niagara Prosperity Initiative Evaluation

Brock University has partnered with the Niagara Region to evaluate the implementation and impact of the Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI), a poverty reduction strategy that provides funding of $1.5M annually towards place-based projects. Focusing on reducing poverty rates of vulnerable populations, NPI has touched the lives of over 100,000 people living in poverty in Niagara since 2008. To date, NPI’s priority has been to provide funding to projects and there has not been an overall evaluation of NPI’s implementation and impacts. The goal of a thorough evaluation is to provide the Niagara Region with information on best practices, recommendations that will allow for continued investment towards breaking the cycle of poverty, and literature to inform and guide the development of other poverty reduction initiatives across Canada.