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Project 4: Feasibility & Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Standard as an Intervention

Project timeline: 2018 to 2022

As the first step to an intervention study is to determine the achievability of the intervention, we will first undertake a feasibility study with two worksites to understand the feasibility, impacts, and cost-benefit analysis of implementing the Standard and associated tools, as written. The feasibility study will be undertaken in two stages. The first stage will involve two focus groups (6-7 participants) organized in each worksite: (1) one with CEs, and; (2) one with supervisors/managers/human resources personnel. The second stage will entail the actual implementation of the Standard, and associated tools, as written, as interventions in the workplaces concerned. This process will require standardized training of HR personnel and employees on the content of the Standard, its Implementation Guide, and various additional KM tools. Longitudinal survey data capturing health (mental and physical), quality of life, and work satisfaction outcomes will be collected three times from both CEs and HR personnel (onset, middle and end of intervention) across a 12 month period. This will be followed by retrospective qualitative interviews with participants to inquire about the impact of the Standard and associated tools, as written, on the workplace (i.e. culture change, collegiality, economic costs and benefits, etc.), and their own work-life balance.  Data will be analyzed and triangulated.


Habanero Consulting Inc.



Dr. Linda Duxbury


Professor, School of Business, Carlton University

Dr. Jenny Ploeg


Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Amir Gafni


Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid


Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Allison Williams


Professor, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University.

Expandable List

Ding, R., Ploeg, J., & Williams, A. (2023). A Workplace Environmental Scan of Employed Carers During COVID-19. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. Click here to access full article.

Ding, R., Gafni, A., & Williams, A. (2022). Cost Implications from an Employer Perspective of a Workplace Intervention for Carer-Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(4), 2194. Click here to access full article.

Ding, R., & Williams, A. (2022). Places of paid work and unpaid work: Caregiving and work-from-home during COVID-19. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien. Click here to access full article.


Expandable List

Caregivers Alberta, Panel entitled “The Juggling Act: Balancing Work and Caregiving”, May 12, 2022 Regina Ding, Allison Williams, Nora Spinks + carer-employee

National Caregiver Day, Catalytic Conversations “Care and Work in Canada: Reflections, Discoveries and Projections”, April 5, 2022 Regina Ding, Linda Duxbury, Allison Williams, Nora Spinks

Ding, R. & Williams, A, “Working carers during COVID-19: How an environmental scan in a large Canadian firm informs adaption to a new reality”. Sustainable Care Conference 2021, Virtual (Sheffield University, UK), April 2021.

Williams, A & Ding, R. “Helping Your Business, While Helping Your Employees who also Provide Family Care”. Oral Presentation.  Public Services Health & Safety Association Return to the Workplace (RTWp) Conference. Virtual Event.

Expandable List

Strengthening Team Culture – A Caregiver Friendly Workplace Standard Webinar. Click here to view full Webinar.