Evaluating the Community Healing Project

Testing an innovative model to increase resiliency in youth

The City of Toronto has invested significant resources in understanding how to address youth violence and support communities and youth impacted by violence and trauma, recognizing that youth who are exposed to violence in their communities are vulnerable to becoming involved in violence themselves.

The Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention (CHP) is an innovative approach that aims to both prevent community violence and address its impacts on communities. The project offers youth in the City of Toronto skill-building in the areas of mental health literacy and resiliency. Through this project, trained and certified young people (peer healers) deliver workshops and provide supports to other youth in their communities who are vulnerable to involvement in gangs and violence. The five-year project is a partnership between the City of Toronto, Stella’s Place, and local service providers and is funded by Public Safety Canada as part of their National Crime Prevention Strategy.

Blueprint was engaged to design and execute an evaluation of the project that would engage all partners and generate meaningful, actionable evidence about the outcomes and implementation of the project. We are working in collaboration with the City and Stella’s Place to design and implement an evaluation CHP that reflects the strengths and needs of the youth involved.

As part of the process, we are exploring participatory evaluation approaches that directly involve peer healers in leading focus groups and developing surveys. The findings from our evaluation will assess how effective CHP is in improving internal and external protective factors for youth impacted by violence and trauma, and inform the continuous improvement and adaptation of the model.

The City of Toronto has invested significant resources in understanding how to address youth violence and support communities and youth impacted by violence and trauma, recognizing that youth who are exposed to violence in their communities are vulnerable to becoming involved in violence themselves.

The Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention (CHP) is an innovative approach that aims to both prevent community violence and address its impacts on communities. The project offers youth in the City of Toronto skill-building in the areas of mental health literacy and resiliency. Through this project, trained and certified young people (peer healers) deliver workshops and provide supports to other youth in their communities who are vulnerable to involvement in gangs and violence. The five-year project is a partnership between the City of Toronto, Stella’s Place, and local service providers and is funded by Public Safety Canada as part of their National Crime Prevention Strategy.

Blueprint was engaged to design and execute an evaluation of the project that would engage all partners and generate meaningful, actionable evidence about the outcomes and implementation of the project. We are working in collaboration with the City and Stella’s Place to design and implement an evaluation CHP that reflects the strengths and needs of the youth involved.

As part of the process, we are exploring participatory evaluation approaches that directly involve peer healers in leading focus groups and developing surveys. The findings from our evaluation will assess how effective CHP is in improving internal and external protective factors for youth impacted by violence and trauma, and inform the continuous improvement and adaptation of the model.

The Papers

November 19, 2021

Use of Technology and Tools in Responsive Career Pathways

The role and use of technologies that help individuals and career practitioners navigate career pathways are rapidly evolving. This paper outlines potential ways responsive career pathways can be enabled by technology.

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November 25, 2021

The Role of Employers in Responsive Career Pathways

Employers are critical in establishing more responsive career pathways for Canadians. This paper outlines some of the challenges and opportunities employers are facing related to the future of work and skills.

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November 19, 2021

A Roadmap for Change: Building Responsive Career Pathways in a Post-Pandemic World

This paper offers considerations for strengthening and aligning our careers and employment systems to better serve Canadians across their career trajectory.

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November 19, 2021

The Career Development Profession in Canada and the Emergence of Online/Multi-Modal Practice Delivery

Career development practitioners have a critical role to play in helping Canadians prepare for the future of work. This paper tackles questions about the role of career development practitioners and the evolution of their practice.

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November 19, 2021

Labour Market Information in Responsive Career Pathways

Finding ways to make labour market information accessible and useful for service providers and individuals is key for creating more responsive career pathways.

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November 17, 2021

Glossary of Terms

This document provides consistent definitions for the terms that are applied across all of the research papers for the Responsive Career Pathways initiative.

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November 25, 2021

Navigating Canada’s Messy Education and Training Marketplace for Career-Focused Learning

Adult learners have to navigate an increasingly diverse, fragmented and complex education and training marketplace. This paper assesses options helping Canadian learners navigate their education and learning choices.

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November 30, 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Responsive Career Pathways

The path to accessing career guidance is challenging for racialized people, women and newcomers to Canada. This paper offers opportunities to strengthen our publicly-funded employment systems to effectively address labour market inequity.

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November 19, 2021

Applying Behavioural Insights to Career Guidance

Offering forward-looking, customized, high-quality and accessible career guidance to a wide range of Canadians is possible. This paper identifies behavioural and motivational barriers to accessing career guidance and offers a promising path ahead.

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November 25, 2021

Breaking Down Barriers to Career Development

Career guidance systems could be designed with a whole-of-person lens. This paper considers promising practices in breaking down barriers to career guidance for Canadians.

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