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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Why personalized assistance can help: the case for improving academic success

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
In filling out forms and changing day-to-day routines, the challenge of "where to begin" often overwhelms and leads to procrastination.

In his talk, CIFAR Senior Fellow Oreopoulos discusses the often overlooked importance of personal assistance (or 'hand-holding') from someone trusted and experienced to overcome these obstacles to significantly improve well-being. The remarkable increase in post-secondary enrolment from helping parents and youth past the financial aid application is but one example.

A presentation by Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto) at the Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on Sept. 19, 2013.