• Policy Analysis & Program Design
  • Advanced Data Analytics
  • Performance Measurement
  • Monitoring & Evaluation

We conduct research, develop options and provide strategic advice to help our clients develop effective policies and programs.

Our policy analysis work draws on multiple lines of inquiry including jurisdictional scans, systematic evidence reviews, predictive analytics, and rigorous analysis of administrative data. We also work with our clients to optimize program design and service delivery. Where evidence exists for promising program solutions, we identify options for redesign and performance enhancement. Where evidence is lacking we propose a “test-learn-adapt” strategy for fostering innovation and developing new solutions.

 

Example: Designing an evidence-informed employment services system

To support the enhancement of Manitoba’s employment service system, we are combining insights from jurisdictional scans, evidence reviews, and analysis of the Manitoba context to identify options for the design of evidence-informed service models. To optimize service delivery, we are also designing a new client service pathway and needs assessment tools to ensure that jobseekers are connected to the right services at the right time. Our overall approach is grounded in the principles of person-centred design as well as a commitment to enhancing the service experience and improving outcomes for jobseekers, employers and communities.

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Employment and Training

Enhancing Manitoba’s employment services

We use advanced analytics to identify actionable insights for our clients.

Our analytics work leverages the ground-breaking opportunities created by the rapid growth in data collected through government administrative systems to address policy challenges. We use our expertise in data analytics to analyze the connections between the circumstances Canadians face and the outcomes they experience. We also provide ongoing feedback to both our government and community partners by monitoring real-time trends in program data.

 

Example: Analyzing the costs and impacts of housing benefit designs

Our team used data drawn from a range of sources to analyze the costs and impacts of a portable housing benefit under a range of different design parameters. We used data on household size income, and rental costs to estimate how benefit design options would impact different household types across regions, as well as the overall impact on levels of core housing need. We also estimated the total costs of a delivering a benefit under different design parameters.

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Affordable Housing

Designing a portable housing benefit

We help our clients measure what matters most.

Our measurement strategies are focused on generating need-to-know information. We work closely with our clients to ensure that our performance measurement strategies are easy to use, integrated with what they are already doing, and generate results that can be incorporated into decisions about the design, delivery and scaling of initiatives. We also provide capacity-building and training tailored to our client’s needs to ensure they are fully prepared to implement and use measurement strategies.

 

Example: Measuring progress towards employment targets for people with a disability

Our team worked with a provincial ministry to identify options for measuring the impact of their employment strategy for people with a disability. Our approach started with identifying key measures that are easy to understand and can be used by decision-makers to track progress towards targets. Our approach also provided options for synthesizing key considerations needed to ensure that targets are ambitious yet feasible, including labour market context, population characteristics, and the impact of policy changes and other strategic initiatives. We also designed a measurement strategy that integrates data from multiple sources to generate timely, actionable information on the strategy’s results.

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Employment and Training

Measuring the progress of a provincial employment strategy for people with a disability

We help our clients strengthen their work by answering questions about what works and why.

Our work in monitoring and evaluation helps our clients test their innovations, identify opportunities for improvement, and replicate and scale successes. Evaluation is a powerful tool but one that is only meaningful if findings are used to inform decisions that improve people’s lives.  At Blueprint, we always start with the fundamental question: what do we need to know to learn and improve?

 

Example: Evaluating the effectiveness of an innovative sector pathway

Blueprint is the evaluator for Construction Connections, an innovative workforce development pathway designed to connect disadvantaged jobseekers to construction jobs in the GTA. Our multi-pronged evaluation approach is addressing key questions about the pathway’s implementation and its effectiveness in connecting jobseekers to economic opportunity. It is also exploring the contribution to broader systems changes in the workforce development ecosystem. We are working closely with government, community, union and employer stakeholders to collect and analyze the data needed to answer these questions and provide decision-makers with the insights they need to adjust, improve, and scale the successes of the Pathway.

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Economic Opportunity

Evaluating Construction Connections