EDI Subscales Webinar

In September 2017, HELP will be releasing new EDI subscale reports for all BC school districts. EDI subscale data are complex – and different from EDI vulnerability rates. These data may raise new questions, insights and considerations about childhood development and vulnerability in your region or community. To help address emerging questions we will be creating ongoing opportunities, both in person and online, to provide guidance and support for interpreting district and neighbourhood subscale data.

In the fall we’re supporting the launch of the reports with a public webinar, 'Getting started with your Community Subscales Data’, on October 11 from 3:30-4:30pm, hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and the HELP team. This is an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, how to make useful comparisons. Participants will also explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data, with recommendations for incorporating subscale data into community discussions.

We encourage participation from those who work EDI data in BC and who are planning to use subscale data to deepen their understanding and expand dialogue on early childhood vulnerability in communities ...

Now on YouTube! (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101 Webinar

Our August 23rd webinar,  (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101, has been posted to the HELP YouTube channel.

HELP has spent the better part of 2016 wrapping up the final year of EDI Wave 6 data collection and analyzing new findings from patterns and trends across 16 years of data. Whether you’ve been working with EDI for a while and are in need of a quick refresher or you’ve recently started working with the EDI, please view this webinar ahead of the release of Wave 6 EDI School District/Community Profile Reports. This session provided an overview of the areas of children’s development measured by the tool, clarified the concept and meaning of child vulnerability and key issues related to interpreting and applying population health data.

Registration for the second webinar, (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 2: Interactive Maps and Media Outreach is now open. This webinar takes place September 21st

SOLD OUT! Registration now open for the April 2 Success by Six and HELP Webinar

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Join us on April 2nd for the third of four webinars in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series: Research to Action. Designed to move human development research conducted by HELP into action in communities across the province, this series will explore ways to use and apply HELP’s research, and related resources and tools, to assist in early years planning activities.

Exploring HELP’s Socio-economic Status Index
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
In the most recent wave of EDI results across BC, the percentage of neighbourhood children who are vulnerable on one or more scales ranges from 4% to 56%. What accounts for such large differences across BC neighbourhoods? Does it relate to varying rates of poverty or education or housing costs or occupations or family structure or other socioeconomic/demographic factors? This webinar will explain how we look at all of these potential influences, using data from the Census, and determine the most important ones. We call this the HELP Socio-economic Status (SES) Index. Join Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Barry Forer, HELP Research Methodologist, to find out how we use the SES ...

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Video: Bringing Knowledge Full Circle Webinar

Bringing Knowledge Full Circle: Aboriginal Children’s EDI Data and Community Stories webinar took place on February 26th, 2015.

The second in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar showcased HELP’s Aboriginal-specific EDI data holdings.  Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Kim Bayer, HELP's Aboriginal Community Liaison Coordinator,  shared information about HELP's Aboriginal data, the role of the HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee is supporting this work, and how Aboriginal Early Years Tables across the province are working with this research data to support community planning.

February ECD Citation list is now available

HELP’s February 2015 ECD citation list is now available. The citation list includes Early Child Development academic research publications for February 2015 and pre-prints for March and beyond. This month's list includes new research publications by HELP's affiliated scholars, Michael Kobor and Joanne Weinberg. As well, there is an Australian EDI publication and a new publication from Lucy Le Mare.

Our monthly citation list is also posted to the HELP Publications page of our website. This page offers direct links to key HELP researcher publications as well as links to monthly ECD citation lists (from as far back as June 2011).  The February PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.

Video: Critical Difference webinar

What’s the Difference? Using Critical Difference to Understand EDI Data webinar took place on January 27th 2015.

The first in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar focuses on change over time - known as Critical Difference - in Early Development Instrument (EDI) scores. HELP Research Methodologist Barry Forer and HELP Geospatial Technical Lead Jay Douillard provide background and important information about Critical Difference and how to calculate it. In addition, Success by 6 Provincial Director, Joseph Dunn, was on hand to offer perspectives as an Early Years Community Development practitioner in BC.

This year's EDI Newsletter now online

The 2014-2015 EDI Newsletter is now online. The newsletter provides an overview of the EDI project, what we are learning from the data and why the early years matter. It offers an excellent introduction to the project for those unfamiliar.

Making Critical Difference easier to calculate

When exploring trends in children’s development, the broad question that we want to answer is: “Are our kindergarten-aged children doing better, worse, or about the same as in the past?”  HELP has developed a method that communities and stakeholder groups can use to make informed judgments about change over time in EDI scores. The method that HELP has used to examine ‘change over time’ is described in the literature as Critical Difference.

HELP has developed some new tools in an effort to make calculating Critical Difference easier. First, we have created the Critical Difference Calculator, a tool that will help with interpreting change over time and differences between EDI scores in the BC context.  The calculator is easy to use – simply enter the values for each place or time and click on the Calculate button. The result will calculate automatically.

We have also developed new interactive maps of neighbourhood Critical Difference for each school district. Maps can be found here. Simply choose your school district and then click on the Critical Difference Map link found under the EDI Mapsets header.

For more information about Critical Difference and these new tools, please visit the Understanding Critical Difference webpage.

Heart-Mind Summit with the Dalai Lama

HELP is pleased to share links to the Vancouver Sun series featuring the Dalai Lama’s visit to Vancouver.

His Holiness’ visit will focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. Central to our understanding of heart-mind well-being is the Heart-Mind Index, a research tool developed by the Dalai Lama Centre in collaboration with HELP.  

Stay tuned as more information about the Dalai Lama's Be the Village visit and heart-mind well-being will be posted to the HELP blog throughout the week.

Vancouver Sun Articles

The Dalai Lama Center aims to give communities the tools to educate the hearts of the next generation

B.C. schools focus on educating hearts

An ounce of prevention ... The Dalai Lama’s Heart-Mind Index

Dalai Lama brings message of compassion to Vancouver school

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House takes the Dalai Lama Center’s teachings to heart


New question added to the EDI

HELP is pleased to announce that a new question has been added to the Early Development Instrument questionnaire.  Question 11b) asks “Which Aboriginal language group does this student identify with?”. 

This question is about Aboriginal identity, which is grounded in land, language and culture. It is not asking whether the student speaks or understands the language. HELP is using language to understand which Aboriginal peoples the student identifies with.

HELP anticipates two potential challenges for teachers when answering this question. First, how to know which students are Aboriginal and second, which land based language groups do the students identify with, In anticipation of these challenges, HELP has produced a short video to provide some background and helpful advice when answering this question. We also encourage teachers to contact HELP’s Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator should they have additional questions.