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GDI Evaluation – Evaluation of the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research
In operation for 27 years, the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI) was established in Saskatchewan with a mandate to promote Métis culture through development and distribution of relevant materials and collections, and to deliver Métis-specific educational programs and services. In order to examine the rationale, design and delivery, and program and cultural outcomes of GDI, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour (AEEL) and GDI have commissioned an evaluation of the Institute. This evaluation will focus on a sub-set of GDI activities – specifically, the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), the Publishing Department and the Dumont Technical Institute (DTI), including Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Skills Training.The objective of this research is to review the selected GDI programs for the purpose of assessing the rationale, design and delivery, effectiveness and impacts for the period between September 1, 2004 and June 30, 2007. The evaluation issues fall into four categories: rationale; delivery and design; impacts and effects; and alternatives.
The study’s methodological approach involved four components:
› Review of Documents, Administrative Data and Literature. The purpose of this component was to understand the design and delivery of GDI programs and, using program administrative data, develop a profile of participants and program operations. A review of literature was conducted to examine best practices in Aboriginal post-secondary education.
› Key Informant Interviews. In total, 20 interviews were conducted with GDI staff, government officials, board members, and external partners to gather their opinions and observations on the evaluation questions.
› Survey of DTI and SUNTEP participants. A telephone survey of 165 DTI ABE and Skills Training and SUNTEP participants was conducted. The survey explored participants’ satisfaction with their program, and their employment and education experiences since finishing their program. Owing to a high level of sampling attrition due to invalid contact information, the response rate to the survey was quite low at 19 per cent. Results have a margin of error of 11 to 13 per cent (depending on the program group) at the 95 per cent confidence interval (i.e., 19 times out of 20).
› Survey of Staff. A telephone survey was conducted with 43 GDI faculty and staff to obtain their views on program relevance, delivery and impacts. The response rate for the survey was 67 per cent. Results have a margin of error of eight per cent at the 95 per cent confidence interval (i.e., 19 times out of 20).
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