The Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (AESD) released today the report of the evaluation of its Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program prepared by Cathexis Consulting Inc.*
The key message of the evaluation is described as:
The LBS program is providing a vital, valued, and effective service to Ontarians. Its key components—the OALCF and the Performance Management Framework (PMF)—are well designed. However, serious problems have arisen in the implementation of these components. These problems stem from fragmented leadership, poor relations between the Ministry and the field, threats to sustainability (including inadequate funding) and a lack of a clear vision for whom the program is intended to serve. The Ministry and the field must work collaboratively to rebuild cooperative relations and clarify LBS’s mission, so that the program can address Ontario’s literacy needs with greater efficacy, efficiency, and accountability.
I’ve attached both the Executive Summary (Cathexis – LBS Executive Summary – 2016) and the full report (Cathexis – LBS Evaluation Report – 2016). Take a look at the last two pages of the Executive Summary for a description of the key recommendations. The full set of recommendations are in the final report beginning on page 165.
AESD’s posting of this report is a positive first step towards responding to the evaluation findings. The evaluation reinforces the value of LBS and the work of the practitioners and organizations across the province. For those outside Ontario, the evaluation provides an insight to how a large jurisdiction like Ontario organizes and manages its literacy delivery system.
You can access the full report and the Executive Summary at: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/programs/lbs_updates.html
*Full disclosure – I was a member of the Cathexis Consulting team that performed the evaluation.