In 2017, PeaceGeeks launched the Pathways project to build an all-encompassing app that fast-tracks newcomers in Canada to successful resettlement, by connecting newcomers with a personalized directory of settlement services tailored to their needs, circumstances and stages of settlement.
The Pathways project is being developed by PeaceGeeks with the endorsement, consultation and close collaboration of Metro Vancouver Local Immigration Partnerships, settlement organizations, and municipal and provincial governments in British Columbia.
The app design is driven by the community, through extensive situation analyses of existing challenges and efforts, stakeholder surveys, and most important our advisory committees.
Immigrants and refugees of diverse backgrounds help us fully understand newcomer needs, coordinate consultation with the broader Metro Vancouver newcomer community and perform usability testing.
Frontline settlement workers and practitioners from all major settlement & community organizations in Metro Vancouver shed insight on sector challenges and test the app for potential use with their clients.
Leadership of all major Metro Vancouver settlement organizations, government, Local Immigration Partnerships and human service database partner BC211 drive the project's direction.
Pathways is a redesign — for a Canadian context — of a prototype that PeaceGeeks developed in partnership with the UNHCR called Services Advisor. Services Advisor helps UNHCR provides the over 3 million refugees in Jordan and Turkey access to information on lifesaving humanitarian services.