Field Report
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Why a Field Review?

The field review is a critical component of Connecting the Dots' Year 1 activities. When the Project began, no comprehensive analysis existed of the types of accountability frameworks currently being implemented in adult literacy in different parts of Canada, or how they are perceived by funders and providers. The field review specifically examined policy and practice by regions, striving to understand the impact of accountability processes on adult literacy practitioners and funders. Using a research in practice approach, seven field reviewers contacted and interviewed literacy funders and practitioners from November 2007 to February 2008. All interviewees were guaranteed confidentiality and were allowed to review the interview script prior to their comments being incorporated as part of the findings.

Published in October 2008, the findings from this field review are available here. Once the literature review is complete a "linkage" report will be published that links field review findings to the literature and the discussions that transpired at the Project's Symposium, Moving the Conversation Forward, in May.

What is Research in Practice?

Research in practice (or practitioner-initiated research) is research that is conducted by practitioners on questions that have arisen from their own practice/experience.

It is not academic in intent (although it may become so), but primarily meant to increase personal understanding and improve teaching/learning. It can also inform policy and contribute to learner success.

Research in practice is distinguished from reflective practice by being more systematic and accommodating of a broader range of "evidence" than academic research typically is. For example, articfacts and testimony play larger roles than they do in traditional research.

For Connecting the Dots, taking a research in practice approach helps the Project build interest and capacity in the field at the same time data that is being collected. As the field is involved from the initial stages of the Project by providing information on how they experience current accountability structures, practitioners, administrators and funders learn about the project and buy in can be developed.

Project field reviewers have used the following research in practice techniques:

  • Interviews with practitioners and funders,individually and in focus groups
  • Attendance and observation at professional meetings
  • Gathering and analysis of data to create provincial or territorial “maps” of adult literacy service providers (types, number, etc.), funding, and accountability practices
  • Collecting policies, forms and other documents related to accountability practices.

List of field reviewers and their jurisdictions

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