For several years, Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and Employment Services (ES) programs have been working together in communities across Ontario. Because there has been no official direction on how to specifically work together, communities have taken an organic approach – doing “what they can with what they have” in order to try to serve clients more effectively. Now that both Employment Services and LBS services are using EOIS-CaMS, there is an opportunity to assess the results of these collaborative efforts to set community goals.
The purpose of this project was to research the ways in which ES and LBS programs have been working together to promote transitions from ES to LBS and from LBS to ES. As part of this research, the project
- documented and shared current and emerging best practices regarding transitions between ES and LBS, as well as examples of screening tools and introductory/awareness raising workshops that are in use
- informally piloted some of these best practices in Simcoe/Muskoka
- examined how EOIS-CaMS data and reports can be used to track, compare and project results within the Performance Management Framework
- investigated how the transitions can be effectively documented and integrated into the current Literacy Service Planning processes and products