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Ei Amplified helps teach students music production through focusing on how STEM and emotional intelligence relate to music creation. Students have access to any instrument, sound or sample at the tip of their fingers in order to create a comprehensive production. This course was developed with Ei Amplified and producers with over 25 million plays and over 20,000 youtube subscribers!
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Case Study: Not for Profit Impact Measurement

Not for profit organizations often require external sources of funding through resources such as grants and sponsors. Up until now metrics and data in the not for profit sector has not been readily available. Often with educational programs assessments look at qualitative measures asking participants to rate their learning experience on a scale of 1-10 not allowing people to express their true emotions. Imagine asking someone to rate how their day was on a scale of 1-10 instead of how was your day. The words we use have power and emotions behind it that tell a story. Learning is a feeling and quantifying emotions by looking at the words one are using can be a powerful tool to evaluate how people are being impacted.

Not for profit organizations typically use public funds for their project but have no metric to improve their performance for their program or way to identify who perceives their program well. With a data driven approach the public will be able to see how their tax dollars are impacting others. Also, it will provide accountability to not for profits to develop and improve their programs based on data.

Impact Assessment:

Equity Impact of not for profit

Equity based learning:

The program also improved sentiments around equity based learning. There was a 20.3% increase in positive emotions. There was a large amount of discontent that was removed while more competence was displayed. Students spoke about support at the CACD and how they felt more prepared to deal with equity related issues. Furthermore, students showed less fear, discouragement and frustration while being more satisfied with equity based learning.

Inclusion impact for not for profit

Inclusion:

The ______ educational program presented a 13.5% increase when comparing the sentiment looking at pre and post surveys. Feelings of discontent and discouragement were no longer seen in the group. There was also a lot more happiness and satisfaction within the group. Frustration was still seen in a small population as they believed in life equity will not always be present.

Wellbeing impact for not for profit

Wellbeing:

The ________’s program also improved emotional sentiments around wellbeing. There was a 5.4% increase in positive emotions displayed. There was a large amount of frustration that was eliminated along with more happiness and competency being shown. The ______ presented support to individuals however respondents continued to discuss how school can cause stress and impact their wellbeing.

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Equity and Inclusion in Schools

Ministerial directives have been handed out to multiple boards including the Peel District School Board (PDSB), York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) which all exist within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) one of the most diverse regions in Canada. Schools and boards have responded to these directives and are looking forward to creating environments that are more equitable and inclusive. One of the key elements of the directives was to collaborate with organizations and collect data on equity and inclusion.

Data Collection for Equity, diversity and inclusion:

Most data collection often done is through a board census survey that collects data on demographic and ranking questions on equity and inclusion. These surveys can give a general breakdown of the board but do not provide insight into individual schools. Also, parents are often not motivated to fill out the form and lack engagement with these surveys. In order to combat this a holistic approach is needed that is individualized to schools and communities.

Ei Amplified’s ability to quantify emotions of different stakeholders at an individual school levels provide a unique insights into sentiments of teachers, parents and students. Emotions drive our decisions, behaviors, relationships and learning experience however when taking a lens through EDI it is often a factor that is left out. By taking a data driven approach to quantifying emotions and collecting baseline data Ei Amplified is able to help schools become more equitable and inclusive. 

Professional development for teacher on equity and inclusion:

Professional development sessions are conducted based on data that is able to represent sentiments of different diverse groups and stakeholders. This informs teachers of particular practices that are being responded to positively by students and parents while informing them practices that are causing negative emotions. Conversations around pedagogy, learning environments, content and curriculum and discrimination take place during the professional development session. This allows teachers to have conversations around their own feelings and sentiments of parents and students in order to create action plans as a team. 

Parent and student engagement for equity and inclusion:

Parent voice is often left out and they do not feel engaged within education which was found from Ei Ampified’s past EDI work. Often with census surveys being sent, parent response is also low as well. In order to engage parents, students must act as agents of change and this can be done through experiential learning. Through teaching students about Ai, mathematics, and equity we engaged students to engage their parents on equity and inclusion topics in order to gather their emotional sentiments. This has resulted in double the amount of engagement and one parent stated that “this was the most data that was collected from parents in 4 years”. From this data students have the opportunity to present how they would like to change their school environment to make it more inclusive and equitable. This approach has doubled the participation of parents in participating in engagement activities. 

In order to help schools with their important equity and inclusion work Ei Amplified works with your school in order to have a holistic approach engaging the community to make change.

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Technology for change

Ei Amplified quantifies emotions through looking at the words and language one uses. Words tell stories, are used to share experiences and are the most powerful tool we have to express themselves. Emotions drive our decisions, relationships, behaviors and our learning. Our InnovEd family from the University of Toronto often talks about how learning is a feeling. Ei Amplified works with various schools, businesses  not for profits and ed-techs in order to look at impact and equity, diversity and inclusion audits. 

Measuring impact has often been done qualitatively through questionnaires that are based on likert scale but how much data can one get from a scale. Open-ended questions that allow one to express themselves is how humans naturally converse and share their emotions so why do we not collect data the same way. Ei Amplified is able to use open-ended questions through surveys, roundtable discussions and student assignments/workshops. This can be done to engage all stakeholders within an organization. 

Impact Assessment:

Data and accountability should be used in order to look at how new initiatives, policies, training and new educational programs impact people. By looking at emotions before and after implementation of new ideas and taking a data driven approach impact can successfully be measured. This impact can be used to provide accountability to organizations and institutions while also allowing funders to see how their funds are impacting others emotionally. Typically when measuring impact Ei Amplified looks at impacts on emotional wellbeing, mental health and equity, diversity and inclusion audits.

Equity, diversity and inclusion:

Measuring racism and looking at bias has always been an issue that organizations have faced. Ei Amplified is able to measure emotions of each diverse group. This allows us to look at any differences within populations and understand how each group is feeling towards equity, diversity and inclusion. Breakdowns can be done looking at different genders, age, locations, socioeconomic status and any other differences within populations. This allows organizations and institutes to understand which target groups need extra attention and where they should provide support. 

Technology is continuing to evolve but without humans leading the way with positive emotions and positive intentions change is not possible.

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