Evaluation is a critical component of any program/resource development but, in our research, few practices have built in sufficient funds/resources to support rigorous evaluation.
We know that there are many benefits to evaluation. Good evaluation can legitimize practice, support the demonstration of impact to funders, stimulate continuous improvement in practice and ensure that limited funds are invested strategically. The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Essential Skills Project (FIMESIP) sees the value of building an evidence-base in Essential Skills practices aimed at First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples for these reasons. As a contribution to evaluation practice in this area, FIMESIP has:
- identified 12 Markers of Promising Practice (through its Literature Review examining the state of practice in Essential Skills programming for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and through a review of the Inventory) and,
- built a tool kit of evaluation tools and resources collected from the Case Study research conducted during this project.
A Research Key (see the associated files below) with all the Markers of Excellence is attached below. The Research Key can be used as a tool to evaluate Essential Skills programs and resources for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples against identified indicators. In addition to the Research Key, a tool kit of techniques and templates collected from the Case Study initiatives follows. These resources are freely shared by the organizations representing these initiatives and we thank them for their generosity.