Making It Work (MIW) is an Indigenous-focused, community-based research project in British Columbia co-led by PAN and the AHA Centre at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN). MIW was born out of conversations within the community when looking at the challenges people living with HIV, hepatitis C and other associated—and complex—social and health issues face every day. These discussions led to a realization that we need to understand better whether people facing these challenges experience better outcomes when they access services from organizations that approach care through an Indigenous view of health and wellbeing and also link case management services with community development programs.
MIW explores the relationship between improved outcomes and cultural safety, case management and community development by developing an understanding of how service providers adapt case management and programming to “make them work” in ways that are culturally safe for the people they serve. There are three primary goals for the project:
- develop and implement an evidence-based evaluation plan for case management and community development programs across BC
- support capacity building in community-based research and evaluation methods for Peer Evaluators, communities, and other stakeholders
- document how Indigenous service delivery models can serve as a helpful tool to inform services for Indigenous and non-Indigenous service users
From a methodological perspective, Making It Work seeks to bridge Indigenous ways of knowing and doing and Indigenous research methodologies with Western academic Realist Evaluation methodology. The team has had many discussions of what this would look like and how it would work, and continue to do so. We envision our work as a kind of spiral, where everything we learn feeds into the next questions we seek to ask, and the information we glean from those questions then feeds into further questions and so on. In addition to the three primary goals of the project, we are actively working to document what this methodological approach looks like and how we are building it as the project goes forward.
Making It Work is funded by a CIHR Catalyst Grant and Operating Grant and the AHA Centre.
Study News and Updates
- Two-Eyed Seeing and Realist Evaluation (blog post) June 2020
- Project Brief November 2019 (infographic)
- Check It Out: New Making It Work Study Logo October 2019
- Making It Work Project Update March 2018
- Making it Work CAHR 2020 Poster
- “Making it Work” Environmental Scan: Case Management & Community Development and Community Capacity Building Models
- Summary Document
- Full Report
- OHTN Rapid Response – Literature Review on Case Management & Community Engagement Models
- Working Together Video: Dr. Cathy Worthington’s Presentation
- Engaging Indigenous communities in research by Dr. Josée Lavoie
- Introduction to Realist Evaluation
- Participatory Evaluation Primer
- Two-Eyed Seeing
- Indigenous Ways of Knowing: OISE Online Course
For more information about the project please contact Joanna Mendell, Making It Work Research Manager: [email protected]
The Pacific AIDS Network would like to thank the Canadian Institute for Health Research for a Catalyst Grant and an Operating Grant to complete this study. We would also like to thank the AHA Centre and the University of Victoria for their support.