The Pivot Hub is a free and open-source online data portal. The portal offers data and findings from a survey of youth in 47 Canadian cities. Topics covered in the survey include climate change, cost of living, recovery from COVID-19, and more. Read the full description from the Pivot Hub website below.
What is the hub?
The Pivot Open Data Hub is a free open-source, intuitive portal with accessible and reliable data that can be used by young people, communities, planners, organizations, governments, and more to inspire further research and shape youth-informed policies, and improve Canada's post-pandemic future.
About the Pivot Hub
COVID-19 brought lives to a halt and dramatically shifted everything. Our society is seeing the highest rates of youth unemployment in Canadian history. Young people are bearing the brunt of this crisis with the doubling of closed schools and precarious work environments, as well as massive interruptions to social connection and support services. Cities can feel like closed, isolated, dire and un-youthful places. Pivot 2020 was created to support young people in driving the post-pandemic recovery. We know the power of young people to generate momentous change, and we need that energy and capacity for innovation to pivot from isolation, fear and despair to hope, opportunity, renewal and connection.
Pivot 2020 began with 1,100+ young people in various Canadian cities by surveying and interviewing young people, and collecting benchmark information on the issues that matter to them most. The goal was to develop an open and accessible web-based information hub that centres youth-informed data: the Pivot Hub.
Information was gathered over 7 weeks in fall 2020 and covered three main components: an index, a youth survey and youth interviews. The scope of the project covers 47 Canadian cities, including all the smaller communities that make up Vancouver and Victoria. The index consists of publicly available third-party information that measures and compares how well cities across Canada are supporting young people to live, work, play and thrive. The survey covered 23 topics to help understand interactions with youth and their cities before and after COVID-19. Finally, the interviews were formal conversations with youth in Canada to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities related to the city’s COVID-19 crisis response and recovery, based on individual viewpoints and experiences. After the research was compiled, over 20 data analysts prepared the data for the hub and developed insight reports to explore the challenges that young people are currently facing.