In 2016 CCDS began discussions with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) to develop an evaluation of their “Special Needs” project and “The Moving On Project” that support union members who have sons and daughters with special needs / disabilities. CUPW supported CCDS to develop an evaluation proposal during a preliminary planning phase. Work conducted during the planning phase included a review of project documents, site visit to the project office in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, conversations with project staff and participation in a conference of the project advisors. The CCDS research team, in partnership with project staff and the CUPW Child Care Coordinator, have already developed several key tools for the evaluation. They were:
Based on the preliminary planning, a complete evaluation proposal was submitted to, and approved by, the CUPW executive in June 2016. The evaluation will aim to:
A summary of this work will be available, on the CCDS website, upon completion of the project in October 2017.