ERIC Number: ED448944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Interim Evaluation of the DIAND Youth Strategy. Project 96/26.
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa (Ontario).
In 1996, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) Youth Strategy introduced summer career placement programs, science and technology camps, and cooperative education programs for First Nations and Inuit youth in Canada. This evaluation focuses on the initial year of implementation, and is based on 100 telephone interviews and community visits with First Nations stakeholders, and interviews and visits to DIAND headquarters and regional offices. Programs were administered by DIAND, First Nations and Inuit organizations, or a combination of those two approaches. First Nations and Inuit administration was the most effective due to expertise in youth programming, use of existing infrastructure, and less time and money spent on administration. Students were exposed to a wide range of sectors, where they acquired basic job skills and increased their self-esteem, knowledge of job markets, interest in studies, and desire to stay in school. The evaluation presents lessons learned and improvements suggested by First Nation and Inuit participants. Overall, the initial implementation was considered very successful, with 3,800 students participating in summer programs, 2,000 students attending science camps, and 900 students participating in cooperative education. Recommendations focus on encouraging and providing financial support for program management by First Nations and Inuit regional organizations, improving reporting, and measuring long-term impacts of the strategy. Appendices present a summary of findings, regional reviews and case studies, a statistical overview, and an evaluation framework. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Canada Natives, Career Exploration, Cooperative Education, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Summer Programs, Summer Science Programs, Technology Education, Tribally Controlled Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.inac.gc.ca/pubs/audit/96_26/interm.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada