Current and Completed Projects:
Formative evaluation of HR Tech Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project
SRDC is undertaking a formative evaluation of HR Tech Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project, part of a Sector Labour Market Partnerships contribution agreement supported by B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. HR Tech Group will pilot four components: diversity and inclusion training, a B.C. technology sector online hub, a diversity and inclusion reporting mechanism, and a promotion and attraction campaign. The goal of the pilot projects is to improve diversity and inclusion in the province’s Technology sector workforce. The purpose of the projects is to increase the attraction, retention and advancement of women, Indigenous peoples, persons with diverse abilities, newcomers to Canada, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ/S2 and all under-represented groups in skilled occupations within the sector through the implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies to recruit, retain and support career development in these professions.
Start-end date: June 2019 - July 2021
Sponsor: HR Tech Group
Integrating Essential Skills Tools for Employment Counsellors
This project is being led by Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) and is building, testing, and refining a training program for employment counsellors to integrate Essential Skills (ES) tools into their practice and services. The ES framework that will be tested during the project will include how to incorporate ES assessments, occupational profiles, complexity levels, and job task terminology related to skills. The project will also reinforce practice by including mentoring and support services to ensure quality as practitioners begin to integrate the ES framework and tools (including all nine Essential Skills) in all their services. As the developmental evaluation partner on the project, SRDC’s research activities are supporting the development process to ensure that the training is practical, delivers results, and has high chances of replication and adoption in diverse sectors and with different populations across Canada.
Start-end date: April 2019 - February 2024
Sponsor: Alberta Workplace Essential Skills Society (AWES)
Evaluation of the Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology in BC Pilot Project
Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology is a two-year pilot project designed to develop recruitment opportunities and improve retention for women in engineering and technology sectors. Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, in partnership with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC, are delivering this project that will implement diversity and inclusion strategies to increase recruitment, retention, and provide career development to women to lead to a system-level cultural shift within these professions in BC. SRDC has been commissioned to design and conduct the evaluation of the pilot. The project is funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program.
Start-end date: February 2019 - March 2021
Sponsor: Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC
Sector-led Evaluation of the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy in British Columbia
The Province of B.C. is making a $136 million investment in an Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy (R&R Strategy) for B.C.’s Early Childhood Educator (ECE) sector. This sector-led evaluation is part of a larger 10-year plan to increase the quality and availability of childcare spaces in B.C. The evaluation project will help provide continuous feedback for strategies that are implemented. SRDC is helping to develop a framework that will assess the effectiveness of the R&R Strategy. Evaluation questions include: whether there is less turnover in the skilled Early Care and Learning workforce; whether the numbers of certified Early Childhood Educators are better able to meet demand; whether careers in Early Care and Learning become more popular; and whether public confidence in Early Care and Learning is increasing.
Generally, these outcomes are being measured as trends across the Early Care and Learning system in B.C. Evaluation methods include: cross-sectional surveys of providers of early childhood education and care in B.C., and their employees; creating and maintaining a unique database of the province’s providers to include licensed and unlicensed, registered and unregistered carers; public opinion surveys; media and social media analysis; key informant interviews; analysis of micro-data from the 2016 Census; and compilation and analysis of administrative data. SRDC is collecting, analyzing, and reporting on these measures to determine whether the R&R Strategy is on track to achieving its long-term goals and expected outcomes until 2022. A sector steering committee made up of individuals involved in B.C. childcare will guide the work. The project is being led by the Early Childhood Educators of B.C., with funding and approvals of project deliverables through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Start-end date: December 2018 - July 2022
Sponsor: Early Childhood Educators of B.C.
An innovative model to enhance entry, advancement, and employment outcomes of women apprentices
This project aims to support the entry, retention, and advancement of women in the skilled construction trades. The model will include a series of support services and mentorship opportunities for women seeking or already employed in the skilled trades as well as a number of supports for employers, based on a successful approach used by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) in Newfoundland and Labrador. Services will be provided for at least 750 apprentices and tradeswomen in the provinces of Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The project is being led by Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), along with their provincial partners, the Office to Advance Women Apprentices, and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). SRDC will be responsible for the research and evaluation strategy, including an outcomes study to measure the effects of the program on participating women in trades and their employers as well as an implementation study to explore best practices. The project will run for three and a half years from December 2018 to May 2022.
Start-end date: December 2018 - May 2022
Sponsor: Canada’s Building Trades Unions
Career pathways for visible minority newcomer women
SRDC is carrying out a study to identify approaches and interventions to support programming for visible minority newcomer women. The results from the study will help shape a three-year pilot with the aim to learn about new initiatives and to use the results to improve programs, policies, and practices for newcomers.
Start-end date: July 2018 - March 2022
Sponsor: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Evaluation of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades
The BC Centre for Women in the Trades is created to address workforce retention priorities for tradeswomen, supporting their career advancement and retention in the building trades. It was launched in 2018 with funding for two years. SRDC will be conducting the evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is to measure the effects of the program activities and, specifically, to assess the three program components: outreach and mentorship for tradeswomen, shifting the culture through leadership development and training, and building workforce diversity through organizational capacity building. The BC Federation of Labour is implementing the Centre in partnership with the BC Building Trades, the BC Tradeswomen Society, Construction Labour Relations, and the BC LNG Alliance.
Start-end date: June 2018 - April 2020
Sponsor: B.C. Federation of Labour
Development of Business Case for Work Integrated Learning in Mining
This project is outlining the business case for work-integrated learning in the mining industry through interviews with industry stakeholders and secondary research on the benefits of work-integrated learning in mining and other sectors.
Start-end date: March 2018 - June 2018
Sponsor: Mining Industry Human Resources Council
Advancing Women's Heart Health Evaluation
A general lack of awareness of how heart disease and stroke present differently in women and men is compounded by knowledge gaps among health professionals, leading to a predominantly male model of research and care. In response, Heart & Stroke – with support from Health Canada – has developed the Advancing Women’s Heart Health Project. Through leadership, research, partnership, and capacity building, this project aims to change the way in which heart health research is funded, conducted, and applied in Canada so that it accounts for gender and racial disparities and redresses health inequities. SRDC has been hired to develop a logic model and frameworks for performance measurement and evaluation, as well as data collection tools and an analysis plan for this initiative.
Start-end date: March 2017 - February 2021
Sponsor: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Development of a performance measurement framework for a women in trades initiative
SRDC is developing a performance measurement framework and an evaluation strategy for a women in trades initiative on behalf of BuildForce Canada. The project will see the development, implementation, and evaluation of a tool for employers and online training for staff to support diversity policies and respectful workplaces.
Start-end date: January 2017 - March 2017
Sponsor: BuildForce Canada
Women in Trades – Implementation Options and Recommended Pilot Projects
Following the completion of a comprehensive needs analysis for women in BC’s skilled trades, SRDC held a facilitated workshop to present and discuss its findings with a series of industry, union, and government stakeholders. Based on the research results and stakeholder input, SRDC is preparing a series of recommended pilot projects for the implementation and evaluation of women in trades programming for British Columbia.
Start-end date: January 2017 - February 2017
Needs Analysis for Mentoring and Support Services for Women in the Trades
Women are consistently underrepresented in the skilled building trades. While efforts have been made to encourage women to enter the trades as a career option, significant challenges remain for those already in the trades and retention rates are low. The BC Government aims to develop a support system for women in skilled trades including networking and mentorship training to support new apprentices. This project lays the ground work for development of these services by exploring the challenges faced by women in the skilled trades and the kinds of supports that would help improve retention. The research includes a series of focus groups across the province with women currently in the skilled trades, both union and non-union, and with a sample of women who have recently left the trades. Consultations are conducted with employers to explore their hiring decisions.
Government of British Columbia news release
Start-end date: May 2016 - December 2016
Women Gaining Ground Research Study
SRDC was engaged by the United Way of Greater Toronto to inform the further development of their Career Navigator program to better meet the needs of young women facing multiple barriers to employment, by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and service/support needs of this group. The study includes a systematic literature and evidence review, and interviews and focus groups to identify and understand: the main barriers (environmental/external and personal) that young women facing multiple barriers are experiencing while transitioning into the labour market; evidence-informed and promising approaches for serving young women with multiple barriers; how the current Career Navigator program is addressing barriers and where there might be gaps; and how adjustments to program design/delivery can be implemented in a way that works for both jobseekers and employers.
Start-end date: September 2015 - January 2016
Sponsor: United Way of Greater Toronto
House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women
To provide expert advice on the consequences and effects the current Employment Insurance program has on women in Canada.
Start-end date: April 2009 - April 2009
Sponsor: House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women