Successful schools: Building a better measure of success

There are two interconnected processes required for this project to succeed: a process of consultation and engagement of the public and stakeholder groups, and the more technical development of measures. Both areas involve key methods for applied research and knowledge mobilization within the social sciences.


To succeed, the Broader Measures project must reflect the aspirations and expectations of the public and the professionals responsible for the provision of education. The strategy is founded on two related assumptions: All consultation and educational engagement efforts must (A) build interest in and support for the assessment tools to be developed and their use both by professionals and the public, and (B) help identify and address any concerns or issues that arise over the course of the project.

The primary OBJECTIVES of the engagement and consultation process are to: A. Introduce Broader Measures of Success as a significant opportunity to better represent the contributions that elementary and secondary schools should make to the individual and to the society. B. Engage a variety of audiences in the project in a manner that builds interest and support. Anticipated audiences include students, parents, Ontario’s Ministry of Education, teacher federations, business leaders, and media.

Kelly Gallagher-Mackay
Superviseur universitaire: 
Dr. Kadriye Ercikan
Project Year: 
British Columbia