Document and Share Your Innovative Practices

Nurturing Capacity: Documenting Community Success

Indspire supports communities to improve educational outcomes through the documentation and evaluation of their innovative practices. This community-led process is supported by an Indspire-funded Indigenous scholar, who works with programs on the ground to provide training on data collection and evaluation methodology.


Program Benefits

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Indspire provides Indigenous communities with access to Indigenous researchers and scholars. Researchers work with communities to document innovative practices or programs, to showcase successes and to provide research tools and program strategies.
The community-based innovations usually have a strong cultural base and honour the local Indigenous knowledge system. These important practices need to be supported and communities need to be recognized for their innovation.
We hire regionally-based Indigenous researchers who are well-versed in Indigenous and western research methodologies. Researchers engage community members to work alongside them to articulate the project methodology and measures of success. Researchers turn community innovations into well-documented successful practices or programs that are shared through the K-12 Indspire Institute.
Indigenous educators vet the program applicants guided by a set of seven principles established through national consultations. The committee reviews applications on a monthly basis.


Featured Project

Kainai High School Student Success Program: Evaluating ‘The Quarter System’

The Quarter System is an educational structure that seeks to improve overall student achievement by increasing the total number of credits attained per year. Research shows that an inability to attain sufficient high school credits has prevented many First Nations and Métis youth from achieving success in secondary schools. Therefore, implementing The Quarter System in schools with high populations of First Nations of Métis students will improve student success. Kainai High School in Southern Alberta is utilizing the Quarter System to improve educational outcomes for its students. This review provides an in-depth analysis of qualitative and quantitative data demonstrating a strong correlation between The Quarter System and the total number of credits First Nations youth have attained in the Kainai community. Issues covered include possible long-term impacts and next steps to ensure further success for this community and its youth.

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Questions?

For more info, please contact us:
nurturingcapacity@indspire.ca | 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x230


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