Brown Bag Lunch - Self-Directed Funding: An Evaluation of Self-Managed Contracts in Saskatchewan

This lunchtime series provides the community with an opportunity to hear about research partnerships between community-based organizations and university researchers. Learn how CUISR works, and how it can work for you and your organization!

Bring your lunch and join us at:

Station 20 West, Boardroom (2nd Floor)
1120 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK
Thursday, November 28th, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. sharp!

Guest Speaker: Isobel Findlay, Professor in the Edwards School of Business, CUISR University Co-Director and lead author of the study.

Self-Directed Funding:
An Evaluation of Self-Managed Contracts in Saskatchewan

With growing popularity of Individualized Funding models among people with disabilities, block-funded services have been transformed in many Canadian provinces to relocate choice and control over services from service providers to people with disabilities. In Saskatchewan, these self-directed funding (SDF) arrangements have taken the form of self-managed contracts to fund a person-centred plan developed to meet individual needs and goals. This report focuses specifically on self-managed contracts for individuals with intellectual disabilities and examines the process of developing and managing the contracts and their impacts on the lives of those who choose to pursue this type of funding arrangement. The study emphasizes a) recipients’ and support group stories regarding the impact of SDF-like arrangements on their lives; b) their understandings of how the self-managed contracts and related arrangements have helped or hindered their lives and how the contract has impacted their families, caregivers, and supporters; and c) the outcomes and impact of the SDF-like arrangements on community structures, program delivery, and policy.