2012 Needs Assessment Summary and Final Report

In January 2012, Springtide Resources began a needs assessment to identify future directions for its Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program. This program enjoyed a vibrant history of engaging and training peer educators in various anti-violence education and training projects and fighting for the rights of non-status, immigrant, refugee, and newcomer communities.

Front Page of Summary Report In renewing the program, we wanted to hear what fresh perspectives and directions our past peer educators, workers and key informants in violence against women agencies, immigration and refugee organizations and others in the non-profit sector thought would be most useful for our program to develop in terms of future training and education to reduce and prevent gender based violence. As with any program, in order for the IRWP to continue to make a difference for the community, it was important for us to conduct an environmental scan to find out what gaps and trends exist in current approaches to performing anti violence work to identify how we can best support the communities we serve.

The assessment was conducted by an independent researcher and involved (1) semi-structured interviews, (2) a comprehensive public online survey, and (3) focus groups with peer educators of the program. Review of selected documents provided by Springtide regarding the history of the program and other agency projects supplemented the three areas of inquiry and the researcher also drew on her prior research of non-profit organizations, as well as her own professional and academic experience in the violence against women (VAW) sector.

The summary report highlights key findings and recommendations for the IRWP at Springtide Resources, but we believe it also contains relevant information for all organizations who work with people with precarious status, immigrant, refugee, and newcomer communities experiencing violence.  The full report contains all the recommendations stemming from the needs assessment in detail.

At its core, the report is a call to action for all of us to take an intersectional approach and collaborate across sectors to address and prevent all forms of gender based violence.  

Summary Report in PDF: www.springtideresources.org/sites/all/files/IRWP%20Needs%20Assessment%20Summary%20Report.pdf

Full Report in PDF: http://www.springtideresources.org/sites/all/files/Full%20Report%20-%20Needs%20Assessment_0.pdf