Aboriginal Inquiry: Lifting All Learners

An Impact Assessment of the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN)

3.4 Timeline for compiling the cases and completing the study

January 16, 2013: The primary researcher Dr. Catherine McGregor and her assistant, Allyson Fleming, met with the AESN advisory board in Vancouver, BC . At this time, the research methods proposed by the researcher were reviewed by the Board. As a researcher employed by the University of Victoria, the U Vic ethics application was used as the appropriate vehicle for approval. During this initial board meeting the overall research plan was approved. This included a description of the type of research to be completed (case study of selected districts, case analysis of selected AESN case studies, interviews, focus groups and literature analysis). The use of appropriate Aboriginal protocols was discussed to provide guidance to the researchers. The Board also considered and then selected two school districts from those involved in the AESN to be used as case studies for an in depth look at impact of the AESN at the school, district and community level.

January 21, 2013: Letters were sent to the two selected school districts, Arrow Lakes and Prince Rupert, seeking permission to conduct the case studies. Approvals were received on January 23 and January 30th respectively.

January 24, 2013: University of Victoria research ethics approval received.

February 2013: Throughout the month of February the researchers visited various communities throughout BC in order to complete the two case studies as well as conduct interviews and focus groups.

February-March, 2013: The researchers wrote the first draft of the report. Intrinsic case studies, once completed, were circulated to those district participants who could review each for accuracy. The full advisory group was also asked to serve as readers and to verify the accuracy of the draft written text. All participants were given the opportunity to read and review the report and as per U Vic ethics, the opportunity to revise, remove or alter their comments, should they wish to do so.

March 2013: The final draft report was sent to Pink Sheep Media to put into publishable form.