In addition to doing internal evaluations of its own projects, McCreary carries out independent evaluations for other non-profit agencies.
McCreary adopts a collaborative and flexible approach to evaluations, with the programs being evaluated ultimately deciding on the evaluation approach best suited to meet their needs and goals. All measures and tools are developed in consultation with the organization and other relevant stakeholders, including youth, and modifications are made based on their feedback.
In line with established Canadian research ethics protocols, we adhere to data collection and storage procedures that ensure the confidentiality and anonymity of all participants. We also present data in such a way that individual participants cannot be identified.
McCreary has been conducting independent evaluations for programs in a range of areas, including youth justice, homelessness, anti-discrimination, and mental health and substance use reduction. To date McCreary has been involved in seven evaluations of homelessness programs funded by the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Homelessness Initiative; an employment program for gang-involved youth; a longitudinal study on alternatives to custody and addiction treatment programs; an initiative for young people with mental health and/or substance use challenges; and a city-wide anti-discrimination project.
These are some of the programs McCreary has been evaluating (listed with permission of the organizations):
Funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC), McCreary’s Aboriginal Next Steps II project (ANS-II) offered Aboriginal youth ages 13 to 19 the opportunity to participate in a sustainable crime prevention and health promotion initiative. The expectation was that community involvement and participation in meaningful youth-led projects would reduce Aboriginal youths’ risk factors for engaging in high-risk behaviours and would support protective factors associated with healthy development. (For more information on the Aboriginal Next Steps project, please click here.)