NPower Canada Research Project: FAQs for Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions for applicants interested to participate in NPower Canada's Research Project with Blueprint

NPower Canada has partnered with Blueprint, a non-profit research organization, and two academic evaluators from the University of Chicago and University of Toronto, to launch research to understand how our programs have affected and improved the lives of our students. This important research will assess the program’s effects on our participants’ employment, earnings, education, and general wellbeing, and aims to validate NPower Canada’s belief that our program positively affects the lives of our participants. Learn more below.

For our May 2022 cohorts, participants accepted to our Ontario Junior IT Analyst and Ontario Junior Data Analyst programs would be considered for the research. Acceptance is determined upon successful completion of NPower Canada’s full admissions process.

No. Participation in the program and research is voluntary. Not participating in the research will not affect your chances of getting into the program. During the admissions process, eligible applicants will receive a Letter of Information and consent form after the admissions interview, which will provide you with more information about the research. You will have an opportunity to ask NPower Canada staff and/or Blueprint researchers any questions you have before deciding if you would like to take part. You will then be asked to complete the consent form to indicate whether you wish to participate.

  1. The research will help us to improve our program and better serve our participants at NPower Canada. It could also help us get more funding to grow our program and help more participants like you in the future.
  2. This research will benefit society by generating knowledge about how to effectively help people develop skills and get better jobs.
  • You will apply to and be screened for our program as usual.
  • Applicants who are determined to be suitable for the program will be entered into a computerized lottery that will fairly select (without bias) which applicants enter the program.
  • All consenting applicants, regardless of whether they enter the program, will be invited to complete three surveys (each approximately 15 minutes long) online or by phone and will receive gift cards as a thank-you for each one they complete.  Surveys ask questions about your employment, training, and job search experiences.
  • Some program participants may also be invited to participate in an interview (in person, online, or by phone) asking about your experience in the program, which will last either 45 minutes or 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on whether you complete the program. 
  • NPower Canada will share information with Blueprint about your participation in the program, such as whether you completed it, your application information, and your responses to any surveys that you fill out for NPower Canada.
  • NPower Canada and Blueprint will access information about you, such as information about your income and education, from other sources in Canada to get a richer understanding of your education and employment journey. This helps the researchers to understand what life looks like for people who apply to NPower Canada programs even after you have completed all the surveys, and to learn how well our program is working.

Since more applicants apply to the NPower Canada program than we can accept, we are using a computerized lottery system to select program participants from eligible applicants. This system gives all eligible applicants a fair and unbiased shot at getting into the program, including people who apply later in the enrollment period. All eligible applicants will be entered into the lottery even if they decide not to participate in the research.

As a thank you for participation, you will receive a $20 digital gift card of your choosing for each survey you complete. Those who participate in interviews will receive a $30 or $50 gift card, depending on the time spent in the interview.

Even if you sign the consent form and agree to participate in the research, you are free to change your mind at any time. If you would like to withdraw from the research, please email Andrea Gonzalez at [email protected].

If you are not selected to take the program, you will be eligible to re-apply to the NPower Canada program in two years. Once two years have passed, you will receive an email from NPower Canada informing you that you are now eligible to reapply. For example, if you apply for our September 2022 cohort, you would be eligible to reapply for our September 2024 cohort.

Your privacy is really important to us. Both NPower Canada and the research team will only store your information on secure, password-protected servers. Any information that could be used to identify you (e.g., your name, address, etc.) will be removed before analysis of the data, and no identifiable information will be used in reporting the study results.

If you have questions about the research, please contact Andrea Gonzalez from Blueprint at [email protected] or Antonia Berlingeri from NPower Canada at [email protected]