Research and Publications

Let’s Talk Science is committed to understanding the impact and outcomes of our work, providing us with an evidence-based approach to decision making. Over the years, we have completed many studies, ranging from focused program evaluations to larger scale public reports.

Our ongoing research shows an impact on children, youth and young adult attitudes and intentions.

  • 95 per cent of high school students surveyed said they understood a specific science topic much better after a visit from our volunteers
  • More than 75 per cent of our volunteers surveyed said being involved with Let’s Talk Science improved their communication and teaching skills

Angus Reid Vision Critical survey 2011 – Parent Attitudes toward Science Education

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada commissioned a survey of Canadian parents about their belief in the importance of post-secondary science education, scientific study as well as the role of science in their everyday lives.

Read a summary of the survey results.

Angus Reid Vision Critical survey 2010 – Teen Perspectives on Science

Let’s Talk Science, with support from Amgen Canada, commissioned a survey about Canadian teen attitudes toward science.

Read a summary of the survey results.

Impact study findings

We’ve done research on the impact of our programs on volunteers and high school students.

Read a summary of the survey results.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are vital to Canada’s economic well-being and quality of life. At Let’s Talk Science, along with Amgen Canada, we’re examining the state of STEM learning in Canada through our landmark Spotlight on Science Learning studies.

2015 Exploring Parental Influence: Shaping teen decisions regarding science education

Almost 90 per cent of Canadian parents believe they are the strongest influence when it comes to making decisions about their children’s education and post-secondary pathways, but they are not exerting that influence when it comes to science education. Exploring parental influence: shaping teen decisions regarding science education, examines parents’ beliefs and attitudes when it comes to influencing their child’s academic and career choices. Read more about the report.

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2014 - Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: What do Canada’s Teens Think About Their Futures?

Youth may have growing interest in and appreciation for science, but are they actually planning to pursue careers in it? Spotlight on Science Learning: Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: What do Canada’s Teens Think About Their Futures?, a new research report released by Let’s Talk Science and made possible by Amgen Canada, examines just this. By understanding how teens think about their pathways, and what influences them, we can better help our youth to identify and capture tomorrow’s opportunities. Read more about the report.

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2013 – The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math

Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math is the latest research report from Let’s Talk Science, made possible by Amgen Canada. This research reveals that the economic impact of dropping science, technology and math courses in high school is costing Canada much more than anticipated. From the financial costs associated with making up lost courses, and the opportunity costs associated with lost future earnings, to the societal costs associated with reduced innovation in Canada and unfilled jobs due to incompatible skills, we all lose when science, technology and math education is not pursued.

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2012 – A Benchmark of Canadian Talent

Science and technology are increasingly important to Canada’s economic well-being and quality of life. A critical element for our long-term success – as individuals and as a country – is science learning.

Many jobs that will be in high demand in the coming decades, from health care to skilled trades, directly require a background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Young people need to know this: beyond the traditional career paths that call for a background in STEM, today’s employers are looking for a certain skill set. Jobs in every field call for people who are analytical, curious and critical thinkers, able to make connections – the very qualities that exposure to STEM learning nurtures.

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada have teamed up to produce this landmark study on the key indicators of science learning. A national panel of experts was assembled to identify benchmarks that should be monitored and to spur national discussion and action on this critically important issue.

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Year: 2015

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada. 2015. Exploring Parental Influence: Shaping teen decisions regarding science education

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Year: 2014

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada. 2014. Spotlight on Science Learning – Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce: What do Canada’s Teens Think About Their Futures?

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Year: 2013

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada. 2013. Spotlight on Science Learning – The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math.

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Year: 2012

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada. 2012. Spotlight on Science Learning – A benchmark of Canadian talent.

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Hu, J., G. Orpwood, B. Schmidt. 2012. Competing in the 21st Century Skills Race. Policy Options: 81-84.

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Year: 2011

Schmidt, B. 2011. Want your kids to become entrepreneurs & innovators: How to give your kids a head start. MEDI Blog.

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Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada, 2011. Angus Reid Vision Critical Survey 2011 – Parent Attitudes toward Science Education.

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Year: 2010

Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada, 2010. Angus Reid Vision Critical Survey 2010 – Teen Perspectives on Science.

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