Research & Social Policy

Community Profiling Study for the Service Development of HCYD and Planning of the Social Impact Assessment

Client: Tung Was Group of hospitals

The Holistic Centre for Youth Development (HCYD) located in San Po Kong will be opened in 2022. The Centre will be developed into a platform for connecting youths, Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) and the society as a whole, with the aim to foster young talents and create positive social impacts with CCIs as a medium. Through provision supports and internship opportunities for disadvantaged youths, it is anticipated to provide a channel for the youths to capitalize their talents for their well-being, as well as to prompt their own meaning of life.

We have conducted a 9-month comprehensive Community Profile Study of over 2000 youths in Hong Kong through surveys and 10 focus group meetings, which has explored the potential coordination between HCYD and the disadvantaged youths, and formulated a prospective and service model and sustainable programme evaluation and social impact assessment frameworks for the HCYD.

Open Space Study for To Kwa Wan

Client: St. James’ Settlement

Dining room is a prevalent space for a family to mingle. Against the backdrop of diminishing average housing size and personal space in Hong Kong, a “dining room” for To Kwa Wan, which is a “giant family” with about 180,000 family members, is also needed. A dining room for To Kwa Wan would allow the community members to chill, talk, and share their lives.

We have been commissioned to conduct a study which forms a part of To Kwa Kwa Community Dining Room organised by the St. James’ Settlement.  The project anticipated in identifying feasible sites for the proposed “Community Dining Room” and formulating suggestions on its design and mode of implementation, thus creating an ideal dining room for the community.

Community Profiling Study for the Hong Kong Arts Centre via North Point Public Art Scheme

Client: Hong Kong Arts Centre

North Point is facing the rapid changes in the landscapes of the established community, encountering changes between existing and new neighbours, lifestyles, cultures and built environment. As such, the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has launched a two-year public art project Via North Point sponsored by the Urban Renewal Fund, introducing a collection of public art installations and community art programmes to celebrate the uniqueness of North Point, in North Point.

We have been commissioned to undertake a Community Profiling Study to establish a comprehensive baseline profile of North Point using desktop research, site visits and field observations for better understanding of the social fabrics in the neighbourhood.  Together with the community engagement activities such as Delphi expert consultation, public seminar and think tank discussion, a solid foundation is laid for the formulation of pragmatic design guidelines and robust community engagement strategy in support of the subsequent stages of the art-based collaborative place-making project.

Wan Chai Recycle Study

Client: Wan Chai District Council & St. James’ Settlement

The Wan Chai Recycle Study and its exhibition is one of the main events in Blue House, Wanchai. The aim is to raise residents and businesses in the community of Wanchai the awareness of daily garbage disposal, to understand the “Waste Plan” of Hong Kong, and encourage reducing garbage and recycling. 

To respond the upcoming waste charging policy and Producer Responsibility Schemes, the exhibition has also provided in-depth analysation of recycling facilities, and their performances along the tramway in Wanchai, by showing interactive installations of recycling maps and knowledge of utilising community resources to the general public.

We have collaborated with students of School of Design (Social Design) of Polytechnic University in the creation of charts and infographics to demonstrate the 3 main concurrent obstacles in recycling, which are glass bottle, paper coffee cup and paper cardboard. Besides, we have demonstrated potential of recycling in community level from the past experience of the recycling scheme of Blue House.

Evaluation of the Scheme "Decide Well, Spend Wisely" year 2016-17 and 2017-18​

Client: Li Ka Shing Foundation

Since 2016, the Li Ka Shing Foundation has started the “Decide Well, Spend Wisely”, a scheme which benefiting DSE students by distributing $5,000 each, to help them facing public examination and easing pressures.

We have been commissioned by the Foundation to review and evaluate the scheme. The aim of this study is to understand the outcome after students received the benefits, and assess its effects from the perspective of DSE students and schools. To identify any social impact associated with this scheme, we have collected data and information from benefiting students and relevant stakeholders through pre-stage focus group meetings and online survey with evaluation process, which are corresponding to the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI). The study result could form as the base for potentially formulating similar schemes benefiting DSE students in the future.