Developing an Evidence Base and Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work (DEB)


Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) is excited to announce its newest project:
Developing an Evidence Base and Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work (DEB)

Principal Investigator: Victoria Esses, Western University and Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P)
Co-Investigators: Jennifer Basu and Katie Rosenberger, Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA)

 

About the Project

P2P has been contracted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to design, implement, and evaluate a process for identifying and sharing promising practices in settlement and integration with an empirical basis for their effectiveness.

Promising practices are practices that have an objective basis for claiming effectiveness in achieving their stated aims and that have the potential for replication. Thus, promising practices are defined in terms of their effectiveness, which can be empirically measured as successful outcomes of the practice. Our approach will focus not only on identifying truly promising practices, but on analyzing and sharing key features that can be replicated. Of course, promising practices may have faced challenges in their initial implementation, and these challenges will also be considered and analyzed so that others can learn from these experiences.

Over the next two years, P2P will produce 25 videos and accompanying briefs on promising practices in the immigrant settlement and integration sector, targeting a range of service areas and client groups. The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) has been contracted to co-lead and coordinate the project.

 

How to Nominate a Promising Practice

The first Call for Nominations is now open and you are invited to participate in this research project through nomination of one or more promising practices!

P2P is seeking nominations of promising practices from a variety of stakeholders involved in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees across Canada. Practices do not have to be IRCC funded to be nominated. Promising practices should focus on one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Promoting welcoming communities
  • Language instruction in the workplace
  • Information and orientation
  • Supports for youth and addressing intergenerational issues
  • Adapting settlement services and supports for rural and remote communities
  • Housing supports

Nominations will be reviewed by the Consultation Committee (constituting a team of settlement and research representatives across the country) in January 2019. A set of promising practices from this Call for Nominations will then be selected and featured on the Pathways to Prosperity website through videos and accompanying briefs.

Note that videos will be shot on location in February-March 2019. Videos will feature the individual(s) who developed the practice discussing the essential ingredients that would need to be replicated in order to transfer the successful practice to other locations and to related areas of practice.

A nomination of a promising practice will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Feel free to nominate as many promising practices within the areas listed above as you would like. Participation is completely voluntary. You may refuse to participate, refuse to answer any questions or withdraw at any time with no effect on your relationship with P2P, AMSSA, or any of the settlement umbrellas who may be sending out this call. No compensation is provided for submission of a nomination, though the individuals who participate in the video and brief production at a later stage will receive compensation for their time.

Submit one or more nominations here: https://uwopsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dbWx6RMDLEIrX6Z

(A copy of the nomination form is available here for your information, but please submit your responses through the online link above.)

By submitting a nomination, you are consenting to participate in the initial nomination stage of the research process and to have the description of your submitted promising practice considered for possible follow-up for video and brief production. This description will be viewed by the members of the Consultation Committee for this purpose. Any information presented or published about the initial submissions will appear in aggregate form only in combination with other submissions. If your practice is selected for follow-up, separate consent will be obtained for the video and brief production, and you will not be obligated to participate in that separate phase unless you choose to do so.

Information collected in this initial nomination phase will have identifying information of your organization (organization name, address, phone number, website) so that we can potentially obtain further information about the practice. In addition, we will obtain your contact information in a separate link not directly attached to your responses so that P2P can potentially follow-up with you for more details, and can contact you at a later time to invite your participation in video and brief production.

Your responses will be collected through a secure online survey platform called Qualtrics. Qualtrics uses encryption technology and restricted access authorizations to protect all data collected. In addition, Western’s Qualtrics server is in Ireland, where privacy standards are maintained under the European Union safe harbour framework. The data will then be exported from Qualtrics and securely stored on Western University’s server. Representatives of The University of Western Ontario Non-Medical Research Ethics Board may require access to study related records in order to monitor conduct of research. You do not waive any legal right by consenting to this study.

There are no foreseeable risks of this research and you may not benefit directly from your participation, though the results are expected to benefit the settlement sector as a whole through the sharing of promising practices and the key components that make them work.

 

Deadline

The Call for Nominations will be open from January 10 to 27, 2019.

 

Questions

Should you have any questions about the project or call for nominations, please contact Jennifer Basu at jbasu@amssa.org.

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Human Research Ethics at Western University, (519) 661-3036, 1-844-720-9816, email: ethics@uwo.ca. This office oversees the ethical conduct of research studies and is not part of the study team. Everything that you discuss will be kept confidential.

 

We look forward to receiving your nominations.