Government of New Brunswick

The following resources may be useful to applicants who are considering submitting a project for the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project.  They relate to various sections of the Funding Request Form including: Evaluation, Research, Data, Research Ethics, Gender Based Analysis, and Aging.  

Evaluation Resources

As part of the funding application form you are required to complete the Evaluation plan the following resources are made available to help support this development.  It is important to note that applicants who are successful will be required to work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer Unit to ensure the project adheres to a rigorous evaluation framework and ongoing project monitoring.  This unit will support projects by working with them one-on-one to guide applicants through the evaluation design and monitoring processes as well as provide information on ethics approval. 

Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress The Public Health Agency of Canada has prepared the Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide to provide communities with practical information on how to use indicators to measure progress and evaluate their age-friendly initiatives. Age-friendly communities are those communities that are taking steps to help their older residents remain healthy, active and independent, and to continue to make important contributions as they age.
Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) CES is a professional society that aims to support individuals with varying levels of evaluation knowledge and experience, including students, new practitioners, applied researchers and users of evaluation results. The CES offers webinars, chapter courses, online courses (including e-Institute) and mentorship initiative.
Community Tool Box The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It aims to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.
Better Evaluation Better Evaluation is a free, online resource for people who are managing an evaluation. It can be used for different types of evaluations and for evaluation of research. The guide is organized in 7 steps with a search function and a membership option for questions and comments.
Project evaluation guide for nonprofit organizations: fundamental methods and steps for conducting project evaluation

Imagine Canada
This guide is designed to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations to conduct precise and appropriate project evaluations, and then communicate and use the results of evaluation effectively. Its primary focus is to help organizations that would like to perform project evaluations by using their internal resources, and to make evaluation a part of their project management and strategic development.
Program Evaluation Methods: Measurement and Attribution of Program Results

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
The Program Evaluation Methods publication helps practitioners and other interested parties to understand the methodological considerations involved in measuring and assessing program outcomes. It places particular emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of the various evaluation methodologies. The publication is not meant to serve as a set of guidelines that provide step-by-step instructions for evaluators. Rather, it deals with the methodological considerations present in the development of a credible evaluation study that will assess program outcomes.
Indigenous Approaches to Program Evaluation

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
This fact sheet reviews different types of program evaluation activities  and discusses Indigenous approaches and ethical guidelines for engaging in a program evaluation.
A Guide to Evaluation in Health Research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The purpose of this learning module is to build knowledge and skill in the area of evaluation of health and health research initiatives (including knowledge translation initiatives).

Objectives of the module are to:
  • Build knowledge among both researchers and reviewers of the potential for evaluation to support evidence-informed action;
  • Support development of appropriate evaluation plans required and/or appropriate for research funding proposals, and;
  • Facilitate assessment of evaluation plans by peer and merit reviewers.
Research Resources

Partnerships are strongly encouraged between community organizations and a researcher or evaluator as projects are developed.  The following organizations may help assist in making these connections and/or provide applied research information.  

New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN)
The mandate of the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) is to advance an evidence-based approach to policy development. Key to the NBSPRN mandate is identifying occasions for collaboration between governments (decision-makers, public servants, municipal officials, regional development practitioners), informed communities (non-governmental organizations, community leaders and citizens) and researchers (academics, students) in the area of social and economic development.

The NBSPRN website allows you to submit an online request to be paired with a researcher.  To do this, click ‘Get Connected’ in the upper right hand of the homepage and then click ‘Request Support.’  Fill out and submit the online form to be connected to a researcher.

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU)

 

MSSU is dedicated to supporting patient-oriented research and health services decision-making in the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. 

The MSSU offers support for patient-oriented health research projects at all levels of the research process, as well as training opportunities in these fields.
New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) was created in July 2008 with a mandate to co-ordinate, support and promote health research in New Brunswick. Our vision is a healthy and prosperous New Brunswick through excellence in health research and innovation. Our mission is to provide leadership and support to build health research capacity, improve the health of New Brunswickers and advance the knowledge economy.
 

Community-Based Participatory Research: A Strategy for Building Healthy Communities and Promoting Health through Policy Change

School of Public Health, University of California, Berkley 

The authors of this report are convinced that effective, community-based, participatory research (CBPR) is a change strategy and that it can shape social policy.  They designed this document—which contains sample resources and tools—for community members, public health practitioners and researchers who want to use participatory research to advocate for healthy public policies.  CBPR is a change strategy that involves citizens and researchers equitably in a research process. It begins with a research topic that the community says is important, and combines knowledge and action, through a variety of approaches, to address that topic. For the authors, the goal of CBPR is always to “improve community health and eliminate health disparities.” (p. 10)
Accessing data

It will be important to have evidence to help define the problem your project will be trying to solve.  Access to good data is critical to a good problem definition, and evaluation plan.  The attached resources may be of assistance.

New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) NB-IRDT is a research institute at the University of New Brunswick on the Fredericton campus. We carry out evidence-based research to provide government, academics, and researchers with solid information to inform decisions that affect New Brunswickers. Operating at arms’ length from government, we provide unbiased, scientific results on questions related to health and social issues/prosperity for our generation and those to come.

NB-IRDT provides a central location for researchers to access many provincial administrative health data sets to facilitate research and answer questions that will empower government to stretch healthcare dollars, anticipate the needs of a changing population, and encourage growth. These data sets are also linkable to allow for more research opportunities.

Ensuring the privacy and safety of the citizens of New Brunswick is our main concern.
New Brunswick Health Council The NBHC's 33 community profiles empower individuals with information about their region to stimulate interest in building healthier communities. The information in each profile gives a comprehensive view about the people who live, learn, work, and take part in community life in this area. 

The Population Health Snapshot seeks to inform citizens, communities, and organizations about their health status with respect to the population in which they live. The Snapshot features 43 indicators for the province and each zone.
 
Equality Profile: Women in New Brunswick

Women’s Equality Branch
The Equality Profile is a compendium of statistical information about New Brunswick women. It contains various statistics covering different aspects of women’s lives – Population, Education and Training, Health, Income and Poverty, Family Responsibilities, Labour Force, Positions of Influence, Justice and Violence – all in one place.
Government of Canada Open Data Looking for data about Government of Canada services, financials, national demographic information or high resolution maps? Discover that and more through our open data portal, your one-stop shop for Government of Canada open datasets.
Statistics Canada Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.  

In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.
Community Health Needs Assessment

Horizon Health Network
Since 2012, Horizon has been working with communities to gain a better understanding of their health care needs using Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA).  A CHNA is a dynamic and ongoing process that identifies the unique strengths and needs of a community.  This information provides both Horizon and the communities with a roadmap to achieving a common goal:  to improve the overall health od New Brunswick Communities.
Research ethics resources

All projects that involve research with humans must be approved by a research ethics board that adheres to the Tri-council Policy Statement:  Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.  Applications will be considered in advance of receiving Research Ethics approval.  However, funding for approved projects will not flow until required Research Ethics approval is achieved.   The following resources are available for your information.  Also, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Knowledge Transfer unit can help guide approved projects.

The TCPS 2 Tutorial Course on Research Ethics (CORE)

Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics
CORE provides an applied approach to the guidance provided in TCPS 2. This self-paced course is a media-rich learning experience that features interactive exercises and multi-disciplinary examples. CORE consists of ten modules ranging from Core Principles to Research Ethics Board (REB) Review. It is designed primarily for the use of researchers and REB members – though anyone may take this course and print their own certificate of completion.  
Community-based participatory research:  A guide to ethical principles and practice

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University
All research raises questions about ethics: about the rigour, responsibility and respect of the practices of researchers. As a result, there are strict systems in place to encourage and enforce ethical practice.  However, some kinds of research create specific challenges, which may not be adequately addressed by institutional frameworks for ethical conduct in research. This is particularly the case with participatory research, where the boundaries between researchers and ‘research subjects’ begin to blur. There is a host of issues that need to be carefully negotiated in this kind of research, including the ways power and control are negotiated, how people’s very personal experiences are shared and made public, and how the different needs and expectations of the participants are balanced in the design of the research process. When the research is closely related to people’s everyday lives these issues become more significant. In what we call ‘community-based participatory research,’ that is research that is grounded in the lived experiences of communities, there can be significant challenges to ensure such research is ethically sound. Yet, there is some extraordinary research practice in this area, which reveals profound insights into people’s lives.

This guide focuses on the lessons learned by people working intensively in this area- and provides a useful resource for anyone interested in developing more participatory approaches to their research.
Gender Based Analysis Resources

The Government of New Brunswick is committed to undertaking gender-based analyses as part of the project development process.  Applicants must complete the GBA+ training offered by the Status of Women Canada, and complete the gender-based analysis tool to the best of their ability to provide an analysis of the various potential impacts on differing gender groups.

Please note GBA and GBA+ are used interchangeably within this section. 

GBA course This course is designed as a basic introduction to GBA. You will learn to define the key concepts of GBA and recognize how various identity factors can influence the experience of federal government initiatives. You will learn to identify how GBA can enhance the responsiveness, effectiveness and outcomes of federal government initiatives while applying some foundational GBA concepts and processes.
Gender-Based Analysis Tool GBA enhances inclusiveness in decision-making to ensure that women's and men's diverse perspectives and needs are better represented. By using GBA, you can help ensure decisions and initiatives are responsive to the needs of all concerned resulting in intended and equitable results.
Gender-Based Analysis Guide This Guide has been designed to assist in completing the GBA Tool.
Aging Resources

The call for projects priority areas emanate from the NB Aging Strategy.  This and other Aging reports and resources will be important to consider during proposal development.  

We are all in this together: An Aging Strategy for New Brunswick This aging strategy is an action-oriented plan designed to create a sustainable system and to respond to the challenges associated
with our aging population.  The strategy sets the stage to ensure a more responsive system where seniors can remain independent and engaged in their communities for as long as possible. It also represents a broad range of services and supports that are and will be available for those who may eventually need them.
Home First Home First is a series of innovative approaches and initiatives to support seniors to live in their own homes and continue to be part of their communities.
New Brunswick Family Plan Framework The Family Plan will address the factors that have the greatest impact on our health and well-being. We will make the nec­essary changes to policy and legislation that will help make the healthy choice the easier choice for New Brunswickers.

We will create a healthier and stronger New Brunswick by focusing on seven key areas.

Advancing inclusion and quality of life for seniors Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
New Brunswick's Wellness Strategy, the heart of our future New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy 2014-2021 provides a framework that will enable any community, school, workplace, organization, family or individual to see how their goals, activities, or mandates are supported by improved wellness and how they can contribute to enhancing wellness within the province.