SEAS Program Evaluation
EPI is currently working with TNC Canada and several Coastal First Nations (Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais and Nuxalk) to evaluate the impact of a youth program known as the SEAS program – Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards. This program operates in several communities and is specifically tailored to meet each community’s priorities, needs and opportunities. EPI is in the process of developing an evaluation framework and approach that will enable both an immediate evaluation of how the program has benefitted these communities to date, and a more long-term approach to evaluating the program’s ongoing success. The project team is using focus group sessions, one-on-one interviews, value elicitation techniques, and ranking and weighting exercises to evaluate the costs and benefits of the program across multiple dimensions of value. Ultimately, the goal is to create a tool that the Coastal First Nations and partners can use to communicate the value of the program to funders and evaluate the program long-term.