Project selection criteria and changes

To be selected for posting, initiatives were initially required to satisfy three criteria at the time of data collection:

  • Have a recognized theoretical basis or proven scientific results; 
  • Involve school-family-community, school-family, or school-community participation; 
  • Require limited technical support.

However, in light of the findings stemming from the Guide d'implantation de partenariats É-F-C selon une approche écosystémique, the criteria for selecting projects for inclusion in the Directory needed to be modified so that the initiatives chosen are more closely aligned with the guide.

Therefore, as of Autumn 2011, in keeping with CTREQ's most recent work, the projects chosen had to:

  • Have a recognized theoretical basis or proven scientific results (same as former criterion); 
  • Illustrate a collaborative partnership1 project that involves the school, the family AND the community; 
  • Intervene with respect to at least one protective factor2 in order to foster academic success.

Note that project selection necessarily has certain methodological limits. Since, for example, communication and joint action and consensus among the stakeholders is very difficult to assess unless observed first hand, division of tasks is a selection criterion. In other words, from now on, only the initiatives in which school, family and community can be shown to be actively involved in sharing project responsibilities will be chosen.


1 A collaborative partnership is one in which resources are pooled and responsibilties shared and the partners work together towards a common goal. It supposes good communication in order to exchange ideas and opinions and synergy arising from the players’ consensus as to project thrusts, strategies and actions (Boisclair, 2005).

2
The concept of "protective factor" varies depending on the literature consulted. The factors considered here will be presented in detail in the Guide d’implantation de partenariats É-F-C selon une approche écosystémique and be available when the guide is published. [in French only]