BCSTH Bursary Fund Program Evaluation Report

The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)

The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) is a member-based, provincial umbrella organization with 131 members.

One of the largest barriers faced by women (and their children) who are leaving violent and abusive relationships is their lack of financial independence. Research suggests that being able to provide flexible financial assistance is a powerful way to support gender-based violent survivors and enhance their safety and economic stability. The current report from the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) evaluated the impacts of the Bursary Fund program.

To better understand the impacts of the bursary program, BCSTH conducted online surveys, focus groups and interviews with women who received a bursary and anti-violence workers who supported them.

Findings aligned with existing research which suggests that flexible financial assistance:

  • Improves mental health and wellbeing, which reduces stress
  • Enhances confidence and self-worth
  • Improves relationships with children
  • Enhances sense of safety and stability
  • Increases the ability for funding recipients to keep going and focus on the future

The evaluation also found that the provision of funding may help promote and create career pathways into the community and social services sector—almost one third of bursary recipients (29%) applied bursaries to the pursuit education and training for careers dedicated to supporting others within the field.

To learn more about this research project and its findings, view the entire body of work here:

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