Below are specific examples of some of the evaluation and research projects that ASC and its associates have conducted. These are highlights from the past five years. For questions or more details, please contact one of ASC's senior associates.

Client: North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society
Name of Project: Strengthening Families Program Quesnel

Brief Description
Brief Description:  ASC will be conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the Strengthening Families Program in Quesnel. The program consists of 14 sessions that provide parenting skills, youth life skills, and family life skills. Targeting families with youth at-risk of or engaged in criminal activity, the program seeks to decrease youth antisocial attitudes and behaviour related to aggression, delinquency, and negative peer relationships. The program engages youth and their families throughout each stage of the program. The evaluation of this project will involve the following components: (a) identifying evaluation questions and indicators, (b) submitting the evaluation protocol for ethics review, (c) developing data collection tools, (d) implementing and revising the evaluation protocol as necessary, (e) collecting quantitative/qualitative data from program staff, community partners, and program clients through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, (f) analyzing all evaluation data, (g) conducting a cost-effectiveness analysis, and (h) reporting the results to program staff and the program funder.

Client: Trucking Safety Council of BC (Branded as SafetyDriven)
Name of Project: SafetyDriven Strategic Plan Review and Development

Brief Description
Brief Description: SafetyDriven engages in a number of activities to promote the awareness and acquisition of safety standards (e.g., training, outreach, multimedia tools, workshops, audits, etc.). One of TSCBC’s core activities involves the implementation of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program that certifies trucking companies that are meeting or exceeding the legally required safety standards. The objectives of this project are twofold. First, ASC will review SafetyDriven’s existing three-year strategic plan in order to determine the capacity in which the TSCBC has implemented strategies in line with its objective and goals. Second, ASC will develop a performance measurement protocol to facilitate the process and outcome evaluation of SafetyDriven. Third, ASC will develop a new three-year strategic plan that will guide for future SafetyDriven activities and the implementation of the performance measurement protocol.

Client: Salmon Arm Partners in Community Leadership Association
Name of Project: Mandella Project: From Risk to Resiliency

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC is conducting a process/implementation evaluation of the Mandella Project. This project consists of a youth inclusion program aimed at reducing criminal activity by providing individualized programming to at-risk youth. Not only does the program engage at-risk youth through direct programing targeting their risk and protective factors, but the program also engages the youth through community partners and hosting community-wide events. This evaluation involves the following components: (a) identifying all process evaluation questions and indicators, (b) developing data collection tools, (c) implementing and revising the evaluation protocol as necessary, (d) collecting quantitative/qualitative data from program staff, community partners, and program clients through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, (e) analyzing all evaluation data, and (f) reporting the results to program staff and the program funder.

Client: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Name of Project: Alberta Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Prescription Drug Misuse

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC investigated the perceptions of opioid, stimulant, and sedative/tranquilizer prescription drug misuse (PDM) among Alberta physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. This cross-sectional study utilized an online survey to collect data from healthcare professionals pertaining to a number of areas including: the extent and distribution of PDM, PDM risk factors, barriers to identifying PDM, and strategies for preventing and addressing PDM. ASC’s role in the project entailed (a) conducting an extensive literature review, (b) designing the study’s methodology, (c) obtaining ethics approval from a provincial government committee, (d) collecting and analyzing the data, and (e) reporting on the study’s findings.

Client: Yukon Territorial Government
Name of Project: Program Development, Sustainability, and Evaluation Training

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC developed and conducted two multi-day training modules for Yukon Government staff and managers in the government’s recent initiative to increase its capacity for evaluation. The topics of these modules included program mapping, program development, evaluation, sustainability, and quantitative/qualitative data collection.

Client: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Name of Project: Medication Return Programs: A Review and Evaluation Framework

Brief Description
Brief Description: This project involved researching the evaluation strategies of medication return programs (MRPs) across Canada and abroad. The objectives of the project were to (a) conduct an environmental scan of existing MRPs, (b) identify and review existing evaluation practices, and (c) develop an evaluation framework to determine the effectiveness of future MRPs in reducing prescription drug misuse and its environmental impact. In addition to reviewing published and grey-literature related to MRPs, the environmental scan included interviewing program managers, pharmacists, and law enforcement representatives across Canada. The result of this project was the development of a single comprehensive understanding of evaluating MRPs, as well as an evaluation framework that can be utilized by MRPs with or without prior evaluation experience.

Client: Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
Name of Project: Evaluating Methods for Identifying National Occupational Standards and Certification in Environmental Careers

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC worked for ECO Canada, which is an industry-led, national organization that provides resources for environmental jobs, training, and certification. This project specifically involved evaluating ECO Canada’s process for assessing and determining the competencies required for environmental occupations across Canada. This project involved (a) working with a national organization to understand their current methodology for determining competency standards, (b) identifying problems with the existing strategy, (c) developing a new system for analyzing and interpreting data being collected, and (d) pilot testing the new methodology to ensure it fulfilled the needs of ECO Canada.

Client: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Name of Project: Identifying Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Workers’ and Policy Makers’ Perceptions of Research

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC investigated (a) what youth substance abuse prevention workers and policy makers perceived to be good research, (b) how they accessed research, (c) how they applied research, and (d) how their access, understanding, and implementation of research could be improved. The population sampled for this project included frontline service providers, program and senior managers, and policy makers at the provincial and federal government levels. This project involved (a) conducting a nationwide online survey with substance abuse prevention workers, (b) conducting 30 individual interviews in English and French with a wide range of prevention workers and policy makers, and (c) making recommendations to CCSA regarding how the youth substance abuse prevention workforce across Canada could be facilitated in accessing, understanding, and implementing research.

Client: Volunteer BC
Name of Project: Program Sustainability Workshop: Volunteer Future’s Conference

Brief Description
Brief Description: After a manager from Volunteer BC attended ASC’s grant writing training workshop, ASC was invited to present a session at the organization’s annual Volunteer Futures Conference. The conference provided opportunities for delegates (i.e., leaders in volunteer management and development) to learn about best practices, innovative programs, and develop their skills in volunteer management, government relations, and grant writing. The focus of ASC’s presentation was on understanding and developing sustainable organizations and programs. This workshop highlighted the roles that management and volunteerism play in sustainability.

Client: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Name of Project: Understanding Youths’ Perceptions of Cannabis

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC conducted a qualitative research study investigating youth perceptions of cannabis use and misuse. This project required ASC to (a) develop and submit study protocol for ethics review, (b) develop a sample frame, (c) recruit youth participants across Canada, (d) conduct 10 in-person focus groups across Canada, (e) conduct three online focus groups, (f) analyze qualitative data, and (g) provide the results to CCSA through a presentation and written report. Not only was this project completed within the specified timeframe, but it was completed at such a high level of quality that ASC worked with CCSA to publish and present the study findings.

Client: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Name of Project: The Effectiveness of Ethical Engagement of Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC conducted an extensive review of existing published and grey literature pertaining to the topic of youth engagement. The objectives of the project were to identify (a) best practice, (b) principles, and (c) guidelines pertaining to youth engagement in order to identify its elements and outline recommendations for implementing it into practice. The result of the project was the development of a single comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of youth engagement that did not exist elsewhere.

Client: Team of Thoracic Surgeons (Kelowna, BC)
Name of Project: Comparing the Use of EBUS and Mediastinoscopy Methods for Detecting Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC conducted a quantitative analyses of clinical trial data collected from patients with non-small cell lung cancer. The purpose of the project was to compare the accuracy of two lung cancer detection methods (i.e., EBUS and Mediastinoscopy across four different node locations.

Client: Merritt Youth Mural Project
Name of Project: Merritt Youth Mural Project Evaluation

Brief Description
Brief Description: ASC conducted a process and outcome evaluation of the Merritt Youth Mural Project. The purpose of the program was to reduce criminal activity through utilizing a community-wide inclusive set of projects. The program enrolled at-risk youth in a number of culturally-sensitive employment, educational, and life-skills training courses and substance use/abuse counselling. Further, the program partnered with several community organizations to provide employment experience opportunities for the youth. This evaluation project involved the following components: (a) identifying all evaluation questions and indicators, (b) developing data collection tools, (c) implementing and revising the evaluation protocol as necessary, (d) collecting quantitative/qualitative data from program staff and clients through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, (e) analyzing all evaluation data, and (f) reporting the results to program staff and the program funder.

Client: Disability Health Research Network (DHRN)
Name of Project: Developing the DHRN Community Groups Evaluation Conference

Brief Description
Brief Description: The DHRN is an integrated, multidisciplinary, network that facilitates high quality research for the purpose of improving the lives of Canadians with disability. The purpose of this project was for ASC to work with DHRN to design its annual conference that explored the process and value of program evaluation. This project began by conducting focus groups with managers of organizations providing services to persons with disabilities in order to identify the sector’s current understanding and needs regarding developing skills in program evaluation. Based on the data collected, ASC provided recommendations to DHRN on the development of the conference and worked closely with the DHRN to implement those recommendations into the conference’s design. Further, ASC played a pivotal role in facilitating the panel discussion and presenting multiple sessions during the conference.