Consulting Services and Workshops

Our consulting services include

  • third party project evaluation
  • literature reviews/papers
  • workshops

For more information about these services please contact Sara Gill – 905-527-2222 x 1 or

Free – Employment, Education and You – Pathways Workshop

Educational planning presentations (free) – this one-hour presentation covers essential skills and why they are important for work and local educational options (upgrading, Grade 12/equivalent, post-secondary, apprenticeship).  This workshop is great for client groups that you may have onsite or for staff/team meetings or professional development sessions.  For client groups, we can also provide 1:1 educational planning sessions after the presentation.

Third Party Project Evaluations

ABEA’s Evaluation Purpose, Standards and Procedures

Many funders are now requiring individuals/agencies to incorporate a third party evaluator into proposals in order to objectively evaluate the process of the project, the outcomes, or both.

The purpose of the evaluation is to

  • give a third party impartial analysis of project results
  • highlight accomplishments
  • make recommendations for future project development

Fee – negotiated based on the project

Literature Reviews/Papers

ABEA staff have completed projects and papers for various partners and stakeholders. Please visit our Tools/Resources menu for examples of our work.

Fee – negotiated based on the project

Workshops (typically 3 hours in length)

Fee – $300 plus printing/mileage/accommodation (if traveling 100+ km)

Clear Writing – Get the Results You Want

Are your messages understood the first time?  In this workshop you will learn to

  • use Clear Writing guidelines
  • present your thoughts clearly
  • design your written materials so you audience understands them
  • incorporate Clear Writing into your workplace and everyday life

Communicating Effectively with Clients

The focus of this workshop is to assist you to further develop your communication strategies for use with clients.  It covers

  • interviewing skills and best practices
  • developing a rapport
  • reading body language
  • using active listening
  • identifying barriers
  • using Clear Writing

Labour Market Information (LMI) for Literacy and Employment Practitioners

At the end of this session, you will have enhanced

  • understanding of labour market information and where to get it
  • knowledge of how to use LMI to better assist your learners/clients
  • ability to bridge LBS learners to employment (including an employment goal tracker)

Learning Challenges Workshop for Literacy and Employment Practitioners

This workshop (available in half or full day) focuses on defining learning challenges and identifying learning challenges markers and processing areas.  You will be introduced to the learning challenges pre-screen that you can use with your clients/learners.  We also discuss

  • factors involved in referring
  • making referrals
  • learning strategies for upgrading and employment
  • further resources

Part 2 – Learning Strategies for the Classroom – is also available for literacy practitioners only.

Learning Challenges Assessment Tool (LCAT) Training for Adult Literacy Learners 

Are you a literacy practitioner that has learners that you suspect have learning challenges?  Are you looking for ways to assess these challenges and assist these learners with strategies?  If so, this training is for you!  ABEA developed the Learning Challenges Assessment Tool (LCAT) in 2005 and we have recently updated it to align with the OALCF.  This is a comprehensive assessment of reading, writing and math skills and identifies if learners have visual, auditory or organizational processing challenges.  It also has a strategy list for use in the classroom.

Fee – $1,000 for 1.5 day in person training, plus printing costs ($20 per participant), mileage and accommodation if needed

Also available in a webinar format – connect for more details.


We asked Adult Basic Education Association – Hamilton (ABEA) to evaluate our project process. The evaluation was thorough, honest and fair. ABEA sought feedback from our project partners. ABEA analyzed the feedback and the project process, management and communication channels. The final report identified areas of strength and areas for improvement in our project management. We will use this information to improve our management of future projects. ABEA – Hamilton is a perfect choice if your agency is seeking project evaluation services.
Doug Noyes, Executive Director Literacy Link Eastern Ontario, Inc.

Sara at ABEA took on an international review regarding assessment practices in adult literacy. This review was a key piece in a project on Common Assessment that we undertook for the Ontario government. Sara was thorough, responsive and conscientious in her research. Her writing was coherent and informative. We would definitely engage ABEA for other such projects.
Anne Ramsay, Executive Network Director Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington