This research will build as much as possible on the current assessment
approaches of LBS delivery agencies. Vubiz conducted a scan of assessment
practices in some LBS agencies by means of a web-based survey that select
literacy agencies were asked to fill out. In April 2006, Vubiz also
held a provincial focus group to discuss assessment practices and learner
During the same period, Dr. Pat Campbell also conducted research as
part of a study on assessment practices, tools and resources within
the Canadian literacy community. This report, “Student Assessment
in Adult Basic Education: A Canadian Snapshot” is available on
NALD at www.nald.ca/fulltext/snape/cover.htm.
Recent CIPMS initiatives include MTCU exploring the enhanced use of
available data from the IMS to begin to formalize measures around efficiency.
As well, MTCU will be working with literacy agencies to improve response
rates to the learner satisfaction survey and they are encouraging the
expanded use of AlphaRoute.
CIPMS is also about effective program monitoring, program evaluation,
goal setting, documenting activity, and evaluating, recording and demonstrating
CIPMS has been used in Job Connect to help them demonstrate effectiveness,
efficiency and customer satisfaction. Complete details are not yet available
because they haven’t had enough time to establish comparative
data, but the Ministry has indicated that they will also be using this
approach with the One-Stop Centres.
More on the CIPMS initiative is scheduled to be rolled out in 2006;
in the meantime, you can find more information by checking with your
c) It can validate the goal-directed nature of the training
Outcomes-based evaluation helps agencies discover and
demonstrate if they are doing the right activities to bring about the
outcomes identified as being needed by the students. For example, when
evaluating outcomes for the goal of further education and training,
not only could you identify how many students passed the required entrance
tests, but you would also follow-up with them to find out how they cope
with the new learning situation. This information would help you prove
that your agency did indeed have an impact for the goal of further education