We began the project by going out to talk to people with disabilities, their families and service providers through a variety of methods. Focus groups and surveys were done in order to tell people across the province about the quality assurance project and to get their feedback.
We visited seven different areas of the Province (Selkirk, Steinbach, Winnipeg, Dauphin, Brandon, Thompson, and Winkler)
We asked two main questions:
- What is a good life?
- What do people need from their paid services to support that good life?
We held focus groups with each group separately to make sure that people felt able to freely share their thoughts and ideas. We limited the number of people who attended each group in order to make sure that the size stayed easy to facilitate and small enough to have good conversations.
For those that did not wish to or were not able to attend, we offered the opportunity to send in answers to the two questions in writing or online.
All information received from focus groups and surveys was reviewed by Health in Common who developed a detailed report of the findings. We then took that report and summarized it into a plain language version that you can find here: What We Heard Summary
We offered those that attended focus groups an opportunity to sign up to receive a copy of what we learned. This report is being emailed or mailed out to those that requested this shortly.
What we heard will shape the development of the framework, outcomes, and standards. We appreciated the time, energy and candor that was shared with us. This work will be better informed because you took the time to share your thoughts!
Keep watching here for new Possibility Post updates to keep up with what is happening and when you can have input once again!