New Projects
Evaluating Programming Feedback:  Analysis of Existing Data
Partners:  Canadian Red Cross
Funders:   Prairie Action Foundation Care Grant

The Canadian Red Cross delivers many programs related to ending bullying and dating violence and promoting healthy relationships.  Within most of these programs feedback information is gathered from participants at the end of the program.  For three of these programs pre- and post-program assessments are collected.  The data from these forms is both quantitative and qualitative in nature.  RESOLVE will be coding and analyzing all of the pre- and post- program forms and a portion of the feedback forms from each program.  A written report of the results of these analyses will be presented to the Canadian Red Cross who will use it to inform future program delivery. Computerized data files will be constructed to track the data and the Canadian Red Cross staff will be trained in data input and analysis, allowing them to become more independent and efficient in obtaining usable information from the considerable amount of data they collect. 

The Development of an Online Training Workshop:  Formative Evaluation
Partners:  Klinic Community Health Centre
Funder:  First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

RESOLVE Manitoba has just conducted an evaluation of the Trauma Informed Training developed and delivered by Klinic Community Health Centre.  This evaluation was based on feedback provided by individuals who had attended the training.  Participants responded to survey and interview questions about their perceptions of the training and its components.  They also made recommendations for improvements to the in-person training and for the development of an online trauma informed training.  The project will be completed in April 2013 and the online training will be launched in May 2013.  This project is part of the work RESOLVE has been involved in with the Manitoba Trauma Collaborative.   

Experiences of Aboriginal Foster Parents with Children in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Partners:  University of Western Ontario
Funders:  SSHRC

There are more Aboriginal children in out of home care across Canada today than there were during the height of the residential school and the 60’s scoop. The residual effects of colonization such as poverty, trauma, and substance abuse which are responsible for the heightened risk for Aboriginal children to come into care, also dramatically increase their risk for alcohol-related disabilities. Working with Dr. Jason Brown from the University of Western Ontario, we are beginning work on another project this fall entitled Experiences of Aboriginal Foster Parents with Children in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. This is a five year SSHRC funded study that will describe what Aboriginal parents who foster Aboriginal children with FASD see as their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs for placement success and gaps and barriers to meeting these needs. The first year of the study will involve qualitative interviews with Aboriginal foster parents and child protection workers in Manitoba to assess the needs and challenges experienced by foster parents. This will be followed by concept mapping of the interview data and the development of a questionnaire to determine the prevalence of the identified needs and challenges in a large sample of Aboriginal foster parents.

Evaluation of the Ndinawe Child and Youth Care Certificate Program
Partners:  Ndinawe
Funders:  Prairie Action Foundation, Canadian Women's Foundation            

RESOLVE Manitoba currently conducting an evaluation of the Ndinawe Child and Youth Care Certificate Program (NCYCCP). The NCYCCP was established in 2007 and is a full time, Red River College accredited training program for individuals who have exited the sex trade. The knowledge that these students derive from their experience serves as an important preventative measure in informing and promoting positive choices when working with youth who are themselves at risk for sexual exploitation.  In addition to providing training through course work and practicum placements in agencies serving children, youth, and families throughout Winnipeg, the full-time, 11 month program is offered in a safe community environment that also provides much needed healing and cultural supports for students. Student success is enhanced through the use of a holistic model that provides life skills training, counseling, and a variety of healing supports integrated with cultural values and teachings. The evaluation, which is funded by Prairie Action Foundation (CARE grant) and the Canadian Women's Foundation, will include interviews with program stakeholders including collateral agencies, program staff, students from each of the five cohorts of the program, and family members of students.  The information from this evaluation will be used to contribute to improved services and better outcomes for individuals who were sexually exploited during their youth.

Developing Protocols and Guidelines for Programming at Wahbung Abinoonjiiag 
Partners:  Wahbung
Funders:  First Nations Inuit Health Branch

Wahbung Abinoonjiiag provides a variety of services to Aboriginal children and their families who are affected by violence and abuse.  Aboriginal and more mainstream approaches are combined to provide a high quality of programming.  In an effort to establish themselves as a centre of excellence in serving their community, they want to ensure that their programming and activities are evidence based, trauma informed, culturally relevant and appropriate to meeting the needs of the people they serve.  RESOLVE will be helping them develop documents that detail program approaches, protocols and procedures to be used as guides for training, crisis response, advocacy, program planning, progress assessments, and follow up.  A clear description of the components related to being a centre of excellence in terms of the work currently being done and future short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals will be developed as a summary of current programs and a guide to future endeavors.