Research Scope

CRISP integrates data from multiple sources to conduct detailed multivariate analyses, and to prepare policy documents for government and industry. In Vulnerable Children: Findings from Canada's National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, Doug Willms and his research team set out a "vulnerability index" they developed based on children's cognitive and behavioural outcomes from birth to age eleven. The index now forms part of Social Development Canada's national assessment framework and is also used to assess the extent of childhood vulnerability in each province. Dr. Willms frequently briefs senior ministers on CRISP's research findings on vulnerable children, and the work has been instrumental in shaping Canada's National Children's Agenda.

CRISP also develops statistical models aimed at discerning health and education outcome differences both within and between regional jurisdictions. These models, examples of which can be found in Monitoring School Performance: A Guide for Educators (Willms, 2004 Press), are now used worldwide.

Large-scale system performance monitoring is also central to CRISP’s research mandate. We have the capacity to develop questionnaires to conduct ongoing, large-scale program evaluations. We have, for example, designed and implemented a research-based early literacy monitoring and intervention program aimed at bolstering reading success at the K-2 levels. Our approach entails administering standardized curriculum-based assessment measures to each child, generating detailed feedback reports on student performance, and training educators on how to interpret assessment results so they can tailor reading development instruction according to the needs of each child.

We further provide concise policy reports like the two-page school climate and achievement profile research reports generated for every elementary school in New Brunswick to guide school level action plans.