An Evaluation of an Inclusivity Action Plan

By Mina Singh and Michaela Hynie.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The Regional Municipality of York Region in Ontario, Canada has undergone tremendous growth in the past few years, with a significant change in demographics. An Inclusivity Action Plan (IAP) was developed to meet the changing needs of the community in this area. The goal of the IAP was to make York Region more ethno-culturally inclusive by working with service providers on three themes: Improving communication between service providers and users; increasing ethno-cultural awareness in the region; and promoting ethno-cultural representation in human service agencies. The York Region Inclusivity Action Plan team, in its efforts at continuous quality improvement, requested a program evaluation in order to advance service delivery in the region, and contribute to the understanding of Best Practices Models for an inclusivity plan. The evaluation provided key informants’ perspectives on how effective the program has been in accomplishing what it intended to do. Results of this evaluation will be discussed.

Keywords: Inclusivity, Ethnocultural Diversity, Program Evaluation

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.117-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 598.311KB).

Dr. Mina Singh

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 1P1, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Singh’s interests are in measurement and evaluation, the emphasis on development of assessments and instruments, and bias, fairness and validity of assessments. Her current interests, as a specialist in quantitative methods, relate to research designs, program evaluation in healthcare and nursing education.

Dr. Michaela Hynie

Acting Director,, York Institute of Health, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Hynie is a social psychologist and acting director of the York Institute for Health Research with expertise in research into immigration, social inclusion and sense of community.

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