Exploring Case Management Systems for Disability Research Project 2020-21


Another year of the Disability Research Project has begun at SFNFCI!

SFNFCI has completed four disabilities project since 2016 that has created relevant information and built capacity within agencies through several training and workshops.

Outcomes of first 4 years of the project:












Given the current pandemic scene, we launched our project a little later than usual, but we are working with the same enthusiasm as in the past years. And this year our project is focused on Case Management System (CMS) and its implications on First Nations data and the child welfare system.

Access to data, capacity to analyze and create useful information is critical not only for reporting and measuring outcomes but also for guiding practices and policies. At the same time, it is also important that we know and understand what type of data we collect and how we are using it to provide adequate services to children and youth in care with special needs (read about how Indigenous leaders are talking about data and its impact on child welfare system here). While we are still finalizing project partners, our goal with the project is to collectively learn and explore how agencies are using there CMS to:

1. Identify, analyze and report of disabilities incidences among First Nations children and youth in care,

2. Document strengths and opportunities to maximize the potential benefits of CMS,

3. Co-develop a data-sharing agreement to guide good practices for data management and stewardship

Specifically, we are interested to learn the 4Ds of CMS:


Also new in the project this year is the approach we are taking to collect data. We will work with a designated agency staff who is familiar with their case management system. Our conversations with the staff will also build towards developing a mutual data sharing agreement in addition to exploring the CMS. All communications will be made remotely via zoom or phone as per COVID-19 travel restrictions.

We have been making regular contact and conversations with our potential agency partners. We hope that through our partnership with agencies we will continue to understand the trends on disabilities among First Nations Children and youth in care and use evidence-based data to support funding, inform program deliveries, and reporting. Agencies will additionally have opportunities to optimize their CMS and become ‘superusers’ as well as recommend calls to action for relevant training, workshops, and more!

If you want to learn more about the project or would like to be involved in some way, please contact us:

Anuja (she/her) at 306-250-0740        or     anuja@sfnfci.ca

Shelley at 306-373-2874 x227    or    shelley@sfnfci.ca

Disabilities Initiative Project funded by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

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