CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS

These projects are a representation of our work. If you would like to know more about these programs or other evaluation projects we have worked on, please contact us.

Frontline healthcare workers are at risk for physical and verbal violence from those they provide care for, with higher rates of violence-related injuries compared to workers in other occupations. In BC, a provincial violence prevention education program was rolled out to staff in high and medium risk healthcare settings. To meet the challenges associated with this complex program and its varied contexts across the province, a realist evaluation was conducted which specifically focuses on explanations of how, why, for whom, and in what circumstances the violence prevention education is effective in preventing violence and related injuries. It also provides practical recommendations for stakeholders about how to improve program outcomes. This evaluation was conducted in partnership with UBC's Partnership for Work, Health & Safety at the School of Population & Public Health, WorkSafe BC. Learn more here.

A Realist Review & Evaluation of the BC Violence Prevention Education Program for Healthcare Workers

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Michelle was so committed to the project: she was a real team player and a great colleague to count on over the 2-year project. Her conscientiousness and critical thinking skills were integral to our final deliverables-- on time!

Dr. Maura MacPhee, Professor of Nursing, UBC-Vancouver

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Evaluation of Umoja’s Literacy and Life Skills Program for Immigrants & Refugees

A considerable number of immigrants and refugees face extreme barriers to settlement due to a lack of basic language and numeric skills. Umoja's Literacy and Life Skills program was implemented to help overcome these barriers and support meaningful settlement for immigrants and refugees in Surrey, BC. This utilization-focused evaluation was designed and implemented to help the organization learn about the program's relevance and effectiveness and make evidence-informed decisions about program improvement to better meet client needs. It employed accessible data collection methods, including arts-based data collection techniques, to ensure equitable participation among program participants and helped to build capacity for evaluative thinking within the organization. 

"From the very onset of the measurement and evaluation project, Michelle brought energy, immense expertise and a wonderful passion to support the work of our non-profit agency. Michelle took the time to understand the needs of our growing agency and was incredibly helpful, supportive and professional throughout the entire process. She delivered a clear and concisely laid out plan that provided increased focus and direction to our work. If you are looking to work with someone who is professional, knowledgeable with proven results, Michelle is the person!"

Jamie Kopp, Development Director, Umoja

A Multi-Year Evaluation of the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it! (MEND) Program for the Childhood Obesity Foundation

MEND 7-13 is a community-based program for children who are just departing or are off the healthy weight trajectory in British Columbia.

It is a free 10-week program for children aged 7 to 13 and their families designed to increase healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. This collaborative evaluation examined issues of Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance, often referred to as the ‘RE-AIM’ Framework, for 72 MEND programs delivered from July 2014 through June 2016. It also includes findings from the Demonstration Project evaluation of 33 programs for comparison purposes. Access the full report here.