When your Community Action Plan has been planned and approved, it’s time to deliver and evaluate.
Continually engage your LDAT partners to assist with the development, delivery or evaluation of a specific activity as part of a Community Acton Plan (CAP).
Engaging with communities and partners throughout the delivery of your activity will help maintain relationships, identify potential risks and enable the LDAT to adapt (where necessary),ensuring the delivery of the activity goes to plan.
This will help the ongoing effectiveness and impact of your LDAT and activities, and make sure you have strong leadership, capacity and capability to deliver successful activities to create longer-term and sustainable community change.
A Local Drug Action Team is made up of at least three organisations that share a common vision to establish goals around reducing harm from alcohol and other drugs in their community, add value to the group and contribute to addressing community needs.
LDATs may adapt their partners for short or long-term, dependant on their needs, such as bringing in additional expertise or resources to assist with a specific CAP.
All partnerships should be planned, monitored, at times refreshed and evaluated.
Strong partnerships are critical to addressing the complex causes of alcohol and other drug use.
Working with community partners will enable you to:
Prepare media releases and social media posts for different events, including announcing the formation of your team, additional funding for your LDAT and the launch or promotion of an activity.
Sharing your successes
In addition to your Alcohol and Drug Foundation reporting requirements, you may like to consider:
As part of submitting your CAP, LDATs are required to specify at least two process and two impact measures for each activity. The final report is where you will account for these.
Collect as you go
Collecting information as you go for the final evaluation, will minimise work at the end of delivering your activity.
Remember that circumstances may change and it is important for your LDAT to adapt to evolving community needs. A recent example is communities adapting to online delivery of activities when COVID-19 restrictions prevented face to face gatherings. By adapting, these LDATs were still able reach their target groups, ensuring their activity could continue.
Using all the measures and information collected throughout the delivery of your activity, it’s now time to assess what worked and what didn’t.
Did your activity go to plan? What can you learn from your experience? All this information should be captured in your final report.
It doesn’t matter if your activity didn’t go as expected, as this will contribute to your learnings and evaluation so you will know what to adapt and include for future activities.
By following the measures and data collection information in your CAP, collating the feedback from your target group, partners and other community stakeholders as you go, you can identify any issues with delivery and make adjustments to maximise the impact of your activity.
CAP evaluation allows you to:
It is a requirement that all LDATs acquit any funding received for the LDAT Program at the conclusion of your CAP.
The purpose is to confirm the funds received were spent as requested and identify if there are any unspent funds that could be used for future activities.
There are two templates for LDATs to use depending on the amount of funding received – over or under $25,000.
Financial Acquittal Templates
Once you have reported on your activity's success, your LDAT may consider follow up activity recommendations, to determine the next suitable CAP activity for your community.
Speak with your ADF Relationship Manager for guidance.
In considering next steps, be sure to review the many resources (including Toolkits and the AOD Lifecycle Planner) that will assist you to determine the type of activity that is suitable for your selected audience.