Teachers complete EDI questionnaires and the results are given back to communities so they can best tailor programs to neighbourhood needs. In 2010 the EDI was supplemented by a Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS) that when completed by parents gives further information on the child’s preschool and family experiences. Described below is the process of EDI Implementation across Simcoe County, and the release of results, and action planning that has followed.
The EDI as a Collaborative Project
The EDI has not only been the vehicle to gain valuable planning information for children’s services but has also signified a significant working partnership between seven local school boards, the Ministry of Children and Youth, the EarlyON Child and Family Centres and many local agencies. 2001 was a small implementation with the two first nations schools and a few Francophone schools. In 2005-2006 4407 students and five school boards participated in the EDI. In 2009-2010 with the inclusion of the first nations school boards, we had 7 school boards working together with the EarlyOn Child and Family Centers to make this project come to fruition:
Here you will find copies of the EDI & KPS instruments that were completed. In both 2006 and 2010 EDI was completed primarily online, so supplied here is the paper version from the same year.
|2000-2001 EDI||implemented in Simcoe First Nations & some French schools||N/A||N/A|
|2005-2006 EDI||implemented across 5 School Boards in Simcoe County||English||French|
|2009-2010 EDI||implemented across 7 School Boards in Simcoe County||English||French|
|2009-2010 KPS||implemented across 7 School Boards in Simcoe County||English||French|
Dissemination of Results
EDI Results have been traditionally disseminated through the DAC contacts and Best Start network. It has been found that the best way for managers and front line staff to receive the information is through presentations. This gives them the foundation and common based for action planning within their team, committee, agency etc. As each group receives the EDI analysis they are encouraged to look at planning in terms of neighbourhood needs, program outcomes and committee or interagency collaboration. Local agencies who would like to have this information introduced or presented to staff are encouraged to contact the local Data Analysis Coordinator.