Services

Specializing in labour market analysis and human resources management, Prism offers a broad range of social and economic research services.

Prism’s in-depth knowledge of labour market structures, issues, sources, people, institutions, regulations, and policies leads to credible and practical research. Prism understands the different interests and perspectives of stakeholder groups and carefully balances analysis and reports to respect and reconcile these interests.

Consultants at Prism share a passion for accurate and honest analysis and a close, personal understanding of client groups. Our range of services includes: cost-benefit, socio-economic and econometric analysis; social research (including telephone, pencil and paper, Internet surveys, focus groups, facilitated meetings, Delphi and other techniques); strategic planning; and market analysis.

ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

From in-depth economic impact studies to easy to access dynamic reports, Prism offers a broad scope of economic impact and industry analysis. By maintaining a comprehensive database of economic indicators and parameters Prism is able to provide our clients with timely, customized research and outlooks for their specific industry or market to facilitate strategic planning.

Prism has conducted many economic studies which analyse the competitiveness of specific industries and broader sectors. These studies examined the structure of firms and markets, their technological and innovative capability, international and inter-provincial trade, human resource and skills capabilities, and provided forecasts for key parameters, in order to assess overall competitiveness. These studies have been the basis for strategic human resource planning, technology road-maps and strategic initiatives by industry and sector organizations.

REGIONAL LABOUR MARKET MODELS AND FORECASTS

Prism produces industry and occupation specific labour market forecasts and outlooks at the regional, provincial and federal levels. Each industry has its own trajectory, and Prism’s research identifies future directions and creates labour market forecasts which reflect the strengths and challenges facing a given industry. Prism has extensive experience creating labour market information for the construction industry, resource sectors, manufacturing sectors, engineering occupations, the technology sector and skilled trades.

GOVERNMENT PROGRAM EVALUATION AND POLICY ANALYSIS

By shedding light on the effectiveness of policies and programs they are managing, Prism provides clients with the analysis they need to confidently evaluate and review programs and policies related to labour markets, apprenticeship, health and safety, industrial sectors, and post- secondary education and training.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT FOR NGOS

Prism provides management consulting services to multi-stakeholder groups and organizations with a mandate or mission related to labour, labour market, human resource planning, or industrial policy issues.  Prism helps clients with strategic planning, analysis of operational challenges, governance, stakeholder engagement, and in selected cases provides management oversight to staff or projects.

APPRENTICESHIP MODELS AND FORECASTS

Prism has drawn on its extensive experience in domestic labour market analysis and in-depth understanding of the current labour market needs in various sectors and territories in Canada to develop a comprehensive economic model of the supply and demand of apprenticeships and is able to provide clients with reliable forecasts.

APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING POLICY ANALYSIS

Prism has conducted numerous studies into issues impacting apprenticeship and training such as the impact of specialization, and studies on apprenticeship completions. Further, Prism’s research has supported various individual skilled trades (e.g. Masonry, Sheet Metal Workers, Carpenters) on the development of training centers and the review and addition of new skills and technologies to programs.

STRATEGIC SUPPORT AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FOR TRADE UNIONS

Prism has extensive experience working with trade unions and is able to understand their unique needs in economic analysis, policy review and collective bargaining support.

CUSTOM SURVEY DESIGN AND FOCUS GROUP RESEARCH

Prism has extensive experience in designing custom surveys and in conducting focus group research according to clients’ needs and research questions. Prism’s skilled consultants ensure the soundness of information/data collection methods and they capture the most important information that emerges from the research.

FACILITATION OF INDUSTRY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT IN CONSULTATION AND EVALUATION INITIATIVES

Prism has over a decade of experience in facilitating industry and stakeholder engagement in consultation and evaluation initiatives with diverse client stakeholder groups. Prism’s ability to obtain a clear understanding of the needs and interests of each group rests on strong relationships with both industry and labour across Canada, and on sound methodology and research strategies aimed at identifying distinct perspectives. Prism’s experience and ability to draw in and engage vastly diverse stakeholder groups ensures all stakeholders come to the table to weigh-in on the issues at hand.