|dc.description.abstract||The Settlement Renewal Consultation process was, at its core, about transforming policy values. It was about a concerted effort by the federal government to transform thinking within the National Settlement Services Policy Community. The
federal government knew that in order to fundamentally change the governance
structure for immigrant settlement services, it had to change the popular values that held
federal control over immigration dear. To shift administrative responsibility away from
the central government toward provincial governments, members of the policy
community would need to conceptualize immigrant settlement services within a new
cognitive framework. The Settlement Renewal Initiative was a sequential process
designed to transform that framework. If successful, the Renewal Initiative would
create the intellectual environment for a significant policy change.
In reviewing the Settlement Renewal Consultation process from its inception in 1994 to its completion in 1996, this thesis addresses the following questions. Did the Settlement Renewal Consultations transform policy values, among the individuals, groups, and organizations that comprised the National Settlement Services Policy
Community? Was the political and social environment modified to the point where true
social learning could occur and thereby have institutionalized traditions re-evaluated?
Was the stage adequately set for paradigmatic policy change? This thesis provides data
that suggests that all of these questions can be answered in the affirmative.
This thesis provides data which indicate that social paradigms can be changed through social leaning that is facilitated by the strategic use of consultation processes. Moreover, it indicates that changes in social paradigms can lead to fundamental changes in policy paradigms.||en_US