Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health & Housing (CRUNCH)

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
What the facility does

Examines the complex effects of housing, and neighbourhood-level, population-based interventions, on health and its determinants.

Areas of expertise

The Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) is a network of researchers, equipment and facilities, housed at McMaster University. CRUNCH is dedicated to examining the complex interactions among housing, neighbourhoods and health. Along with our partners in government, the charitable and nonprofit sectors, community groups, and industry, we collaborate on a number of studies that seek to understand neighbourhood-level, population-based health and its social determinants.

Research services
  • Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI)
  • Mobile Urban Video Recording (MUVR) system
  • Survey design
  • Analysis  of survey data
  • Analysis of qualitative data
Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Policy and governance

Specialized lab




Mobile Urban Vehicle Recorder (MUVR)

A late-model hybrid car used for collecting data, integrating a camera that captures 360-degree, full surround video images and sound



Tablet computers equipped with survey software.


Immersive virtualization rooms

Closed rooms optimized for the viewing of 360-degree video.


SNAP survey software

Software to enable the telephone and in-person collection and analysis of survey data.


Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) pods

Work stations optimized to collect survey data using telephones.

  • City of Hamilton
  • CoBALT Connects
  • Peel Public Health
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care