Manitoba School Improvement Program: Final Report

Earl, Lorna, Nancy Torrance and Stephanie Sutherland

In 1991 the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation (WDGF) began a program of school improvement in Manitoba. It was conceived as a pilot project to develop and test a Canadian school improvement model, with an emphasis on improving secondary schooling particularly for students at risk. Manitoba was chosen for the pilot because it was an appropriate but manageable size for the planned initiative with a government that was open to foundation involvement. Over the years since its inception, this program has grown into the Manitoba School Improvement Program (MSIP) and changed in a number of ways. Throughout the life of MSIP, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation have commissioned a number of evaluations to describe the role and influence of MSIP. This paper describes the final evaluation completed by a team of researchers at OISE/UT. Through MSIP we have been able to watch the various stages that schools go through in implementing major changes to the "way they do business." In this report, we describe the evolution and impact of MSIP and situate it in the larger context of educational change world-wide, identify the successes and the challenges for MSIP, and draw out larger learnings about school improvement that have emerged from our decade long association with MSIP and secondary schools in Manitoba.

Delivery Area
  • school based
Outcome Area
  • school change
Participant Area
  • school
  • community
Age Area
  • high school (14-18 years old)