Evaluation of Family Literacy Programming
Funded through the Early Childhood Framework
for Action

Overall Evaluation

Each individual component of the Early Childhood Development Action Plan had an evaluation section. As well, early on in the implementation of the plan, the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment and Health and Social Services hired Sharon Hume & Associates from Victoria, B.C., to develop and conduct an overall evaluation of the project.

Hume & Associates built on the individual component evaluations by gathering and adding more in-depth information. They selected a number of communities that were involved in several components of the initiative, where they could interview people involved in the various projects. They developed interview protocols for individuals and groups involved in delivering programs, and for people who took part in the programs.

For the family literacy component, they interviewed people who participated in the family literacy training institutes, who ran family literacy programs in their communities, and/or who distributed family learning kits. They also interviewed people who attended community family literacy programs, and families who received backpacks. In addition, members of the evaluation team attended the evaluation meetings that the NWT Literacy Council held in Years 1 and 2.

NWT Literacy Council Evaluation Activities

As part of its own ongoing monitoring and evaluation, the NWT Literacy Council:

  • Had people at the family literacy training institutes provide written feedback each day, and then at the end of the training.