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Economic Development Research

“Evaluation cannot be complete without economic development”

Economic Development Research

Johnston Research is recognized as an expert on research and best practices on economic development approaches and investments for Indigenous people in Canada. Through our amassed evaluation experience over 20 plus years, we have learned first-hand the various economic successes and challenges communities are experiencing.  We evaluated the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Business Corporation (MMS) in 2014. The Mi’gmaq leadership of the Gespeg, Gesgapegiag and Listuguj communities mandated the MMS to engage the wind power industry.This was a green energy project with an investment capital of over $4 Billion CAD, thousands of employment opportunities and 1,169 wind turbines generating 1,838 MW of energy. Through our help, MMS successfully secured over 100 positions for their band members in the wind power industry. We have also analyzed the success factors of housing trusts in affordable housing, Elders steering economic development in the forestry industry, land-base agreements, and economic assessment of loss and legal implications for on-reserve shelters. In 2016, we completed a summative evaluation of the 2014–2016 fiscal year expenditures for the First Nation – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The evaluation concluded that CIPP provides a unique opportunity of support and tools in the development of water and sewage services sharing agreements, that also took-on a deeper role in establishing long-term sustainable community-based relationships. Since then, we have been offered to conduct economic development policy research with INAC

Program and Management Consulting

The Elders say that our “tool bundles” are breaking new ground in Indigenous Evaluations. Since 2001, we have been offering our one-of-a-kind services to the world. We have managed nine longitudinal evaluations, each about 3-years long and inclusive of 150 – 300 program participants and have kept our clients in the loop the entire time. We have worked with First Nations, government departments, and independent programs and organizations. We look forward to working with you. Learn more about program and management consulting and what we can offer in our bundles here.

The Benefits of Hiring Johnston Research for Contract Work

What You Will Learn

  • The gaps and challenges in your organization’s current evaluation practice.
  • An understanding of the issues surrounding the reconciliation between western and Indigenous evaluation practice.
  • How to utilize templates to develop draft tools and sketch-out a comprehensive evaluation plan.

Who Has Hired us in the Past

  • Indigenous non-government organizations (in every province and Yukon).
  • First Nations.
  • Métis organizations.
  • Inuit governments (in Nunavut and Kativik).
  • Canada government departments.
  • Ontario government departments.
  • Non-government organizations (who work with Indigenous peoples).

We want to thank you for taking your time to participate on the Ways Tried and True Working Group meetings, and contributing to the development of the WTT Framework and identifying Ways Tried and True for sharing through the Best Practices Portal.

Nina JethaManager, Canadian Best Practices Initiative

Despite tight timelines, JRI conducted a survey, analyzed the data and wrote a report that is highly regarded by our nursing colleagues as providing invaluable information in a succinct, clear, easy to read manner.

Fjola Hart WasekeesikawExecutive Director, Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada

Anishnawbe Health Toronto would hire Johnston Research Inc. again for Board of Directors consultations and strategic planning.

Joe HesterExecutive Director, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

From the beginning of the contract, I was impressed with the thoroughness and attention to detail, as shown in the care with which JRI put together their breadth of knowledge and sensitivity to the topic.

Senior Program Advisor, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada

Our timelines for this project were rather short (2 months); however Johnston Research Inc. undertook two northern site visits, a series of telephone interviews, and produced a final report on-time.

Manager, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

We Can Help Your Organization

Get in touch and find how we can work together to improve your program.