Case Study Protocol

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project's (FIMSIP) focus in the creation of the Case Studies was to demonstrate how each initiative reflected Markers of Promising Practice. Our goal was to describe the techniques, methodologies and tools that each Case Study used to build the Markers of Promising Practice into their project.

To do this, FIMESIP felt that it was important to visit communities and organizations that hosted these programs or used these resources. These visits took us to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities from coast to coast to coast. All organizations representing the Case Study project met with the researchers and were fully informed of the Case Study Protocol. CCDF sought their consent to proceed and worked with the organization to arrange the field visit and interviews. All interviewees were also briefed about the research and agreed to their participation. All participating organizations reviewed and had the opportunity to provide feedback on the final Case Study prior to publication on this web site. Names or photos of interviewees are published with their permission.

All Case Studies were developed from field research with a Project Team researcher visiting the site(s) where a program was being delivered or where a resource was being used extensively. The researcher observed participants in the program or using the resources on-site and interviewed a number of stakeholders in the project, either during the site visit or in follow-up interviews via telephone. The stakeholders interviewed for each Case Study included, where possible, representatives from the host organization, initiative developers, trainers/practitioners involved in program delivery, participants, community and family members and employers. These interviews were conducted via one-on-one and/or group formats and allowed stakeholders to tell their story about their experience with the project. Five to 10 interviews were conducted per Case Study. In addition to the interviews and field observations, CCDF collected tools, templates, techniques and resources used to deliver and evaluate the program. These tools, to the extent allowed by the host organization, are shared on this site so that the Community of Practice can have access and use them in their own initiatives.