Testing new approaches to evidence generation

Building evidence to strengthen skills development policy and practice

As the evidence generation lead for the Future Skills Centre (FSC), Blueprint is working with skills development projects funded by FSC to generate evidence that can inform strengthen development policy and practice.

Since FSC’s launch in 2019, we have been developing an approach to evidence generation that can:

 ·        Support innovation in skills development

 ·        Generate rigorous evidence to support the scaling of effective models, and

·        Build a culture of evidence-informed decision-making

Read our latest insights on our work with the Future Skills Centre - Evidence Summary 2021

We are working with a wide range of skills development projects funded by FSC to use data and evidence in new and creative ways to achieve these objectives.

In spring 2020 we begun working closely with six projects funded by FSC to develop and test some of our new tools and methods for evidence generation. Our objective is to work with these projects to generate evidence that can strengthen their program models, improve implementation quality, and prepare models for broader scaling.    

The projects

·   NPower Canada, an organization that provides underserved youth with training in digital and professional skills, is expanding programs designed to provide low- income youth with training in digital and professional skills for careers in IT, while at the same time making the IT workforce more inclusive and diverse. Read more about our work with NPower here

·  The Canadian Career Development Foundation plans to expand across Canada an innovative pre-employment program that provides resources and training for community groups to support individuals facing employment-readiness challenges. It helps participants build resilience and develop skills that better prepare them to enter the workforce.

·  A consortium of research partners including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is testing a program to enhance employment and education supports for youth facing mental health challenges that integrates mental health services with support finding a job or an academic program.

· Futureworx Society, based in Nova Scotia, is testing the effectiveness of an online application designed to build social and emotional skills needed for success in          the labour market.

· Pier Labs is designing a sector-based training model that seeks to improve the job prospects of low-income individuals in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

· Mohawk College plans to develop a program to train vulnerable populations, including newcomers to Canada, young people and adults on social assistance, with digital and transferable skills for careers in the material-handling sector.

These projects are part of a $37 million investment by FSC in innovative and community-based projects that seek to fill employers’ skills gaps and help workers gain in-demand skills.

Check back soon to learn more about how we are working with these six projects to generate rigorous and actionable evidence.  

To learn more about our FSC evidence generation approach, read our Evidence Summary 2021 and 2020 Annual Evidence Report

As the evidence generation lead for the Future Skills Centre (FSC), Blueprint is working with skills development projects funded by FSC to generate evidence that can inform strengthen development policy and practice.

Since FSC’s launch in 2019, we have been developing an approach to evidence generation that can:

 ·        Support innovation in skills development

 ·        Generate rigorous evidence to support the scaling of effective models, and

·        Build a culture of evidence-informed decision-making

Read our latest insights on our work with the Future Skills Centre - Evidence Summary 2021

We are working with a wide range of skills development projects funded by FSC to use data and evidence in new and creative ways to achieve these objectives.

In spring 2020 we begun working closely with six projects funded by FSC to develop and test some of our new tools and methods for evidence generation. Our objective is to work with these projects to generate evidence that can strengthen their program models, improve implementation quality, and prepare models for broader scaling.    

The projects

·   NPower Canada, an organization that provides underserved youth with training in digital and professional skills, is expanding programs designed to provide low- income youth with training in digital and professional skills for careers in IT, while at the same time making the IT workforce more inclusive and diverse. Read more about our work with NPower here

·  The Canadian Career Development Foundation plans to expand across Canada an innovative pre-employment program that provides resources and training for community groups to support individuals facing employment-readiness challenges. It helps participants build resilience and develop skills that better prepare them to enter the workforce.

·  A consortium of research partners including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is testing a program to enhance employment and education supports for youth facing mental health challenges that integrates mental health services with support finding a job or an academic program.

· Futureworx Society, based in Nova Scotia, is testing the effectiveness of an online application designed to build social and emotional skills needed for success in          the labour market.

· Pier Labs is designing a sector-based training model that seeks to improve the job prospects of low-income individuals in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

· Mohawk College plans to develop a program to train vulnerable populations, including newcomers to Canada, young people and adults on social assistance, with digital and transferable skills for careers in the material-handling sector.

These projects are part of a $37 million investment by FSC in innovative and community-based projects that seek to fill employers’ skills gaps and help workers gain in-demand skills.

Check back soon to learn more about how we are working with these six projects to generate rigorous and actionable evidence.  

To learn more about our FSC evidence generation approach, read our Evidence Summary 2021 and 2020 Annual Evidence Report

Want to learn more? Read all nine research papers for a wide range of ideas to strengthen career guidance:

August 1, 2022

Responsive Career Pathways Research Brief: Guiding Careers for the Future

The Responsive Career Pathways Research Brief consolidates key findings from our past 9 research papers in partnership with the Future Skills Centre. In this brief, we outline key innovation challenges and opportunities for career guidance services in Canada, and highlight common barriers to accessing these services.

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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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November 22, 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 19, 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 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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 16, 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 16, 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 15, 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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