If you wish to obtain more information or a copy of any of these resources, please contact us directly at estable@gentium.ca

Qualitative Evaluation Methods Training Course. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada. Estable, A. & Meyer, M. (2010-2011).

The Qualitative Evaluation Methods Training Course consists of material for eight three-hour sessions, developed by Gentium to train Government of Canada staff  working in the area of public health to understand and apply qualitative methods for program evaluation. 

Qualitative Methods Toolbox - Training for evaluators. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Meyer, M. & Estable, A. (2011).

The Qualitative Methods Toolbox complements the Qualitative Evaluation Methods Training Course. It includes specific exercises and learning activities to help program evaluators put into practice some of the concepts and ideas introduced during the Qualitative Evaluation Methods Training Course.

Multiple Intervention Program (MIP) Tool Kit. On-line Program Planning Toolkit for Health Practitioners. Community Health Research Unit. University of Ottawa. www.miptoolkit.com. Edwards, N., MacDonald, J., Estable, A., Meyer, M., Maclean, L., & Zimmerman, L. (2010).

The multiple intervention program toolkit is an interactive tool to help public health staff and managers strengthen the design and evaluation of multiple intervention programs and also to provide public and community health practitioners with resources to support co-ordinated and resource-effective comprehensive programming. Gentium contributed to the creation and piloting of this tool kit, which was developed at the University of Ottawa for the Ontario public health system. Its ideas, examples, and activities are relevant to anyone involved in designing, implementing or evaluating community health or health-promotion programs.

Interpretation Handbook for Members of the National Parole Board. National Parole Board. Estable, A. and Meyer, M. (2009).

The purpose of the handbook is to offer some tips to National Parole Board (NPB) members during interpreter-assisted hearings with offenders who have limited official language knowledge. The document draws from a synthesis of recent literature (Meyer & Estable, 2008), NPB studies, and observations of interpreted hearings. The tips in the handbook will help users to review their knowledge of facilitating dialogue through interpreters and to enhance the quality of interpreter-assisted hearings.

Quit4Life Self-administered Teen Smoking Cessation Course. Health Canada, Tobacco Control Programme (Estable, A. and Meyer, M. (2006). 

The Q4L program has been re-designed as an interactive and personalized 4 week web program. It is organized around 4 central steps: Get Psyched, Get Smart, Get Support, Get On With It. The site

Each week, participants are asked to complete 3-5 activities on-line which will help them learn about why they smoke, how to quit and how to stay quit once they get there. Participants can store and save their completed activities, build a quitting calendar, track their smoking on-line, sign up for e-mail reminders and messages, learn how to deal with stress, boredom and people who might not support them. http://www.quit4life.com/index_e.asp

Facilitator Guide to Assist Teens to Quit or Reduce Smoking. Health Canada, Tobacco Control Programme. (Meyer, M. and Estable, A. 2005).

The facilitator’s guide was created to assist health professionals, educators and youth workers help young people work together and support each other to reduce and quit smoking. Quit4Life is a 10-week, four-step group program designed to be delivered by an adult facilitator who has experience working with youth, in a school or community centre setting. The program has been tested and adapted for over ten years, taking into account emerging research about youth smoking, and what works best to help them quit. 


Facilitating Parallel Groups for Immigrant Children and Their Mothers Who Have Experienced Violence – A Manual for Facilitators. Prepared for the Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa (IWSO). Alma Estable and Mechthild Meyer  (2007).

This manual is intended to help guide counsellors through the process of preparing for, implementing, and assessing parallel groups for children and their mothers who have experienced two types of traumatic life experiences: violence or abuse within the family environment, and war and forced migration.

Training Lay Health Promoters to Promote Hispanic Women’s Access to Health Services.  Estable, A. Meyer, M., & Torres, S. (2003). 

Three months training course as part of the Mujer Sana - Comunidad Sana - Healthy Women - Healthy Communities Project. 

Mujer Sana – Comunidad Sana, Healthy Women – Healthy Communities. www.mujersana.ca

Prepared bi-lingual (English, Spanish) web-site text and navigation plan for this demonstration project. March, 2003. Meyer, M., & Estable, A. Torres, S. and LAZO (2003).

Changing the Landscape - A Training Manual for Organizations Serving Immigrant Women Victims of Violence. Ottawa, ON: Immigrant and Visible Minority Women Against Abuse. Mechthild Meyer & Alma Estable (2001).

“We tried to write this manual as if we were speaking to a fellow- trainer, and we share what we have done and how we think it might work. Participatory training requires a great deal of flexibility and creativity, and all training activities and materials should be considered informed suggestions-they are not ‘recipes’ that need to be followed exactly….The issues discussed are difficult and can be painful to address- your creativity and commitment to training in a participatory and supportive way will help participants feel they can work for change….The manual contains six training modules, interlinked and sequential, based on an interactive and participatory training approach.  It was developed with the collaboration and participation of a group of immigrant and visible minority women survivors of violence, who named themselves the ‘Community Leaders/Survivors’, and with representatives from many of the agencies that serve them in the Ottawa region.”

First Steps - An Orientation Package for Newcomers. Prepared for Catholic Immigration Centre, Settlement Directorate Ontario Region, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration. Estable, A. & Meyer, M.  (1999)

Self-learning material for newcomers to become familiar with all aspects of life in Canada, developed as a series of linked but stand-alone kits about topics that newcomers need to know in the first months after arriving in Canada. Topics include the health and education system, housing, and various social service supports. The kits are supported by a video (with NorthEast Productions).

Transforming Our Organizations. A Tool for Planning and Monitoring Anti-racism/multicultural Change. Access Committee of Ottawa, Canadian Heritage.Estable, A., Trickey, J., Tobo-Gillespie, L., & Meyer, M. (1999).

The tool was developed for and with the ACCESS Committee of Ottawa-Carleton, a network of service agencies and community organizations, promoting ethnocultural/ethnoracial service access. The Tool includes a list of indicators to facilitate the planning and monitoring of the organizational change process. The 180 indicators are grouped into five key areas: Organizational norms and principles; system administration and management; human resource practices; programming and services; and client/user satisfaction. 

Self-learning Resource Guide for Women’s Study Practica. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW). Alma Estable and Mechthild Meyer (1999).

This resource guide is designed to provide information on women's studies programs in Canada, with special emphasis on those programs that have a practicum component. It is developed from a research project CRIAW/ICREF conducted in 1998-99 aimed at discovering the experiences of women's groups and students who participated in women's studies practica across the country. The guide highlights the voices of the groups and students, and uses their voices as a basis for reflection. It contributes to emerging knowledge on practicum as part of women's studies. The resource guide, a first in Canada, is of use to all those who participate in women's studies programs in Canada, and to those interested in practica from a feminist perspective. 

Working Through Interpreters - A Guide to Bridge the Language Gap. From the Margin Publishing. Mechthild Meyer and Alma Estable (1998).

Working Through Interpreters is a short and practical handbook for social service workers who rely on interpreters when providing services to clients who do not speak their language.  It contains strategies, tips, and ideas for improving the three-way communication process.

Teach Me to Thunder - A Manual for Anti-racism Trainers. Ottawa: From the Margin Publishing/Canadian Labour Congress. Estable, A., Meyer, M. & Pon, G. (1997).

“Teach Me To Thunder  was written with the intent of promoting dialogue among anti-racism workers about theoretical issues, while sharing practical perspectives involved in the complex task of anti-racism training. The manual is a testimony to many years of thoughtful, respectful training for groups with diverse needs in the Ottawa-Carleton area. The authors are consistently attentive to high professional standards combined with a personal commitment to social justice and equity. The manual includes a variety of approaches and techniques designed to engage participants to reflect on their own social location, and to acknowledge anxieties and uncertainties, while forging links with others in working against racism.”

Minnie-Jean Brown-Trickey, preface to Teach Me To Thunder.

A Handbook on Anti-racism Parenting.  Matsubara, A., Estable, A. & Meyer, M.  (1997). Canadian Ethnocultural Council.

The handbook is for parents of young children who are concerned about racism and want to do something about it. It can be adapted by anyone who works with children such as teachers and caregivers. The handbook discusses how we learn racism and how we can recognize, reduce and eliminate it. It also suggests actions parents can take to help children respond to racism.

Self-assessment Tool for Educators on Multicultural Education. From the Margin Publishing. Alma Estable and Mechthild Meyer (1996).

Originally developed for the Race Relations and Cross-Cultural Understanding Division of Multiculturalism Canada, the tool encourages self-reflection on attitudes and practices in developing a common vision of a fair education system. Revised for general use.

Working Towards a Racism-free Childcare Centre: An Assessment Tool. From the Margin Publishing. Alma Estable and Mechthild Meyer (1996).

A learning tool with multiple uses, including individual and group training, prepared  for Children's Services, Social Services Department, Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (RMOC), 1995. Revised for general use in January 1996, From the Margin Publishing, Ottawa.

Let Us Speak! Steps to Change Language Training: A Lobbying Kit for Immigrant, Refugee, and Visible Minority Women's Groups. Alma Estable and Mechthild Meyer (1988).

Equity in Language Training Project: Ontario Region, Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada; Canadian Ethnocultural Council Women's Committee; Chinese-Canadian National Council Women's Committee; Toronto Chapter, Congress of Black Women of Canada; Ontario Immigrant and Visible Minority Women's Organization; Coalition of Visible Minority Women (Ontario) Inc.

The "Let Us Speak" Kit consists of a set of nine fact sheets supported by a manual.  Fact sheets are useful if you need to gather information quickly at a glance. But this information can be taken out of context, or not well explained. The manual will help you to explain the facts and figures in the Fact Sheets, and put the information into context. The two are part of an integrated package. The Manual includes:

•  "What are the Facts? - more detail and analysis for what is in the fact sheets.

• A Comprehensive Framework to Provide Official Language Training for Immigrant, Refugee and Visible MInority Women - developed by the community organizations and groups in the Equity in Language Training Project.

• What You Can Do - a package to help women's groups develops strategies and lobby for change.

• Summary of Recommendations - this shows the many recommendations that have been made to improve language training from diverse sources over the years.

• Annotated Bibliography- includes information about major published and unpublished ('grey') literature about language training.




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