In partnership with the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-Based Practice in Career Development (CRWG), the CCDF completed a research project to examine the impact of tailored labour market information and targeted professional advice on client outcomes. The research questions studied were:
If client needs are assessed and clients are given LMI tailored to meet their needs:
All clients in the study (n=203) received a needs assessment interview and an LMI package specific to their employability need. Half the sample worked independently for 3 weeks while the other half of the sample received two short interviews focused on resolving any client issues related to using the LMI and/or referring clients to additional LMI as needed.
The dependent measures in the study were:
Working in partnership with the governments of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, the anglophone study demonstrated not only statistically significant, but also clinically important results. Client change was consistent in knowledge and skill acquisition as well as changes in personal attributes including self-efficacy and optimism. Assisted clients achieved greater change across time than independent clients although both increased significantly. The study was repeated with francophone clients in New Brunswick. Again results were statistically significant and clinically important. In the francophone study, the Assisted Career Decision Making clients made the strongest progress and more clients indicated their preference to work with a practitioner rather than independently. 80% of clients attributed their changes to participation in the program. Practitioners who participated in the research reported, in follow-up interviews, positive changes in how they work with LMI with clients. The resources developed for the project have become part of regular service delivery in both provinces. These included take-home client LMI Booklets as well as LMI Resource Guides. Much of the content is generic and readily transferable to other provinces and territories.