The following updates were provided to the Steering & Evaluation Committee ahead of a focus group workshop with Allison Prieur with DARE Impact Consulting:

WE Value Partnership, continuation
An extension has been approved in principle by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This 6 month extension will bring us to the end of September 2021. At a very high level, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting border closures, we have not been able to capture the fulsome data results initially projected and included as project deliverables.
A 6-month extension would support the team in completing a project evaluation and disseminating data to stakeholders in a way that represents a more robust group of clients. We have been encouraged to work towards the newly updated deliverables proposed, and so we have begun to do so.

Immigrant Services Calgary & Gateway
Work with Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has been ongoing. Most recently, the team wrapped up a series of meetings to discuss the Partner Portal and what modifications and improvements need to be considered in order to support deployment in Calgary. Proposed changes are now under review and will be addressed to ensure they support streamlining and improvements in both of our communities.
Weekly meetings will be held with TechShare and ISC to guide the development of the K2 Pathway to Settlement System to meet Calgary’s needs. These meetings begin January 28th.

Data Collection & Dissemination
In previous meetings, we have been able to discuss our plans and intentions around data dissemination. The Steering & Evaluation Committee, in particular, was instrumental in helping us to develop an activity for our Community Data Forum in March of 2020. We received great feedback and questions from many of the 44 organizations present and participating at tables representing all social determinants of health.

This information was then passed on to Dr. Reza Nakhaie who prepared a first report that was presented to the WE Value Team. This report provides an academic analysis of the data collected from the first 135 settlement assessments. Following the event, and report generation, we were all hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and attention shifted to adjusting policy and procedure to continue remote assessments and launch follow-up questionnaires. Dr. Nakhaie’s report will be adjusted to include the first round of follow-ups and will be distributed when these revisions are made.
To date, we have completed 254 initial assessments (189 pre-COVID and 65 COVID era) and 155 3-6-month follow-ups. This new data collected for both the pre-COVID cohort and those after, totals 409 interactions and points of longitudinal data collection.

With this new data, we will identify indicators and data point profiles to be validated by sector and social determinant of health specific tables. We will refer back to our tables from the Community Data Forum, and will look to the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) to identify additional working groups, organizations and institutions who can ensure the data points presented are sufficient. The data profiles and narratives presented to and then validated by these working groups will serve as the benchmark for data dashboards that may be managed by the WE LIP moving forward, should they choose to house and share this data with their vast network.

Scenario Planning
Melinda Munro took the documents and feedback received throughout our last breakout sessions and was able to produce a draft report that is currently under review by the WE Value team.
Overall, feedback received from the Steering & Evaluation Committee were able to provide us with a robust understanding of perceived and real strengths, weaknesses and potential opportunities and barriers. We understood that the quality of the model is our core strength and that clearing the pathway from complexities and perceived competition will support us in our next steps.