KETO Data Services
The need for an enhanced accountability framework was identified by the AHRDA community and the Federal Government during the renewal process leading to AHRDA II. Internally, the Federal Government commissioned the development of AROSuite, an integrated database designed to increase accountability and security of confidential client data.
The development of AROSuite represented a first step in replacing obsolete AHRDA reporting software used to provide uploads of employment results to HRSDC. In 2004, a strategic decision was made to stop work on AROSuite and to focus on other Federal priorities. As an option, individual AHRDA groups were given an opportunity to purchase the program and continue its development.
Métis Nation of Alberta took on the challenge. Work on a revised AROSuite began in April 2005 shortly after MNA purchased the program and rights from HRSDC. Focus groups of staff within the Labour Market Development program (LMD) worked with in-house programmers to ensure the system would meet the needs at all levels of service delivery and accountability to the Community. LMD staff worked closely with the HRSDC’s Corporate Accountability group to ensure the data would be compatible with the methods used to determine results. Following extensive work and testing, MNA began uploading data in April 2006.
The name ‘KETO Data System’ was chosen to honour Jeff Keto (deceased), a former HRDC employee who played a key role in increasing capacity within the Alberta AHRDA community.
Since 2006 the MNA has celebrated consistent quarters of an error-free upload to the AHRDS Data Gateway. Using the KETO Quality Assurance Reports developed to detect potential errors, staff are able to correct data before the actual upload. As a result, the number of MNA files with data integrity problems has decreased from 25.21% in 2004-05 (pre-KETO) to less than 1% for 2008-09. Employment results lost due to late reporting, (failing the 24 week rule), have also decreased from 14.4% in 2004-05 to zero for 2008-09.
In 2007 other AHRDA groups, hearing of the MNA success with data uploads, began requesting access to the program.
Today, twenty five ASETS agreement holders including First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups located across Canada are using KETO. The program’s malleability is demonstrated by the fact that KETO has been adapted to suit the service delivery structure and needs of each individual ASETS holder.
Under Rupertsland Institute stewardship, KETO staff are continuing to refine and improve the KETO Data System, including the addition of an Essential Skills client profile component, and an additional element called Financial Data Management. This module interfaces with ACCPAC financial accounting system to record payments to clients and vendors, resulting in accurate year to date payment and financial commitment reports.
In 2011, MNA agreed to transfer the database and all intellectual property from KETO Data System Inc. to RLI under the Métis Training to Employment program.