Since IM&M+’s province-wide introduction in New Brunswick in 2014, 2,200 people are no longer on social assistance. Conservatively, that is a 15-to-20-million-dollar savings for the government over a seven-year period.
The New Brunswick Government’s analysis of 3-years of province-wide delivery of IM&M+ shows compelling evidence that participants move more effectively through the service system toward employment and that it breaks cycles of dependence on social assistance (IM&M Evaluation Report, 2018).
The ON Centre for Workforce Innovation’s (OCWI) evaluation of IM&M+ pilots echo these findings, showing significant changes in career goal clarity and perceived ability to overcome barriers to career goals.
- Almost 40% of participants in the OCWI pilots were employed or in education 2-3 months after the program;
- 31% were employed and 80% of those had found permanent positions.
- Almost all participants (88%) were addressing employability needs through employment services (69%), housing supports (56%) and/or mental health services (25%).
IM&M+ demonstrated improved participant psycho-social health outcomes (i.e., self-esteem, self-efficacy, locus of control, motivation, resilience, positive building, accessing resources, networks and allies, belonging/mattering) and foundational career management skills (i.e., self-awareness, skills and strengths identification, goal setting and achieving, vision for the future).
Gains In Social Supports for Momentum
53% showed overall gains in self-reported levels of social support
- 40% felt more like there were people they knew who would help them if they needed it
- 47% felt more like they had a trustworthy person to turn to if they had problems
- 53% felt like there were people in their life who understood them and supported their goals
Gains in Well-Being For Momentum
93% showed gains on at least one of these aspects of well being:
- 33% felt positive about the future more positive;
- 47% felt discouraged about how things were going in their life less often
- 47% felt nervous or anxious less often
- 67% felt unmotivated or like they didn't have more energy less often
Evaluations and Reports
I Repeatedly Hear of Increased Confidence
When I chat with participants I repeatedly hear of increased confidence or a positive feeling of knowing they are able to make better decisions for themselves.
Cindy Leggot, IM&M+ Facilitator, Regina Work Preparation Centre, Inc