Stories and images provide rich and compelling information that help us understand and engage with the experiences of others. The Career Pathways for Visible Minority Newcomer Women (CPVMNW) Pilot project used Photovoice as one component of the evaluation. Photovoice is a visual participatory action research methodology. Ten women were recruited to participate in this Photovoice project. The women had participated in the CPVMNW programs and were located across Canada. They shared and reflected on what their photos represented to them. Through the collaborative interpretation and discussion, the women and researchers gained a deeper and more nuanced understanding of opportunities and challenges in their settlement journey.
This is the first report looking at the implementation phase, from October 2019 to September 2020, of the Career Pathways for Visible Minority Newcomer Women (CPVMNW) Pilot Project when the programs had been in operation for about one year. More specifically, we documented the 11 interventions based of the four employment models as implemented by the eight service provider organizations. The report also explores challenges they faced in implementing the models, summarizes the characteristics of the women who have participated in the programs to date, and describe what has worked well, challenges, and lessons learned to date. It also presents some early thoughts on how the interventions can be improved from the perspectives of the women who participated in the interventions and delivery staff. Since the pilot is still in progress, the findings are preliminary; it sets the stage for the final outcomes and impacts evaluation report included in this pilot.
The Career Pathways for Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Project conducted a COVID-19 survey with project participants to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the pilot and, more importantly, on participants. Learn more about some exciting findings from the survey.
This report presents literature review, one of several activities in the research project. The main objectives of the literature review are to: identify the current state of knowledge on the main factors affecting the employment outcomes of visible minority newcomer women; identify the relevant policies and initiatives that exist on different levels of the government and in the community; and summarize the best practices of providing employment and settlement support to the visible minority newcomer women.
This report is one of four activities of the knowledge gathering and background component of the research project. It engages visible minority newcomer women in focus groups and interviews to gather their experiences and insights on current employment programming and their suggestions for improvements to employment programs to make services and support more aligned with their needs.
As part of the knowledge gathering and development phase of this research project, SRDC held eleven roundtables between December 2018 and January 2019 across Canada with experts and stakeholders in the settlement and integration domain. We encouraged participants to share their experiences and insights. More specifically, we received their input in designing employment services models for visible minority newcomer women, which will help develop a pilot with a better fit and results for newcomer women. This report summarizes overall key takeaways, comments, inputs and observations from the consultations.
This report is one of four activities in the knowledge gathering and background component of the research project. It examines three SRDC research projects that focus on employment services. The main component involves an analysis of the experiences of newcomer women participants in Foundations Workplace Skills Project (FWSP), a three-year initiative implemented at three sites across Canada.