Measure your success

It is important to monitor and measure the success of your project/s, as it helps you see what went well, and what could be improved next time around.

Often community action to prevent alcohol and drug-related harms is an ongoing process over many years. Measuring success is something to be done throughout the delivery of your Community Action Plan, and not just at the end of your project. 

Measures of success (sometimes called indicators) indicate what needs to be measured in order to assess the project’s success. They are markers of your project’s progress and achievements. 

There are three main categories:

  • Process measures relate to your project processes and how your project/s and activities are being delivered. They help you to monitor whether your project is going well or needs to be tweaked – before it’s too late. Process measures focus on project implementation (e.g. quality, satisfaction), reach (number of target audience affected by the project), and outputs (what is delivered). Outputs are usually described numerically, such as number of events held or number of attendees.
  • Impact and outcome measures relate to the difference your project has made. They are used to measure short and medium-term effects (impacts) and longer-term effects (outcomes) of your project. Impact and outcome measures help you to build a picture of your project’s influence on individuals, organisations and communities. All projects should contribute to the long-term outcome of preventing alcohol and other drug harms, in line with the purpose of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Local Drug Action Team program.
Measures of success need to be determined for each project and activity in your Community Action Plan. Groups are required to specify at least two process and two impact/outcome measures for each intervention. As part of the Community Action Plan template, you will also need to identify the tools you will use to collect data for each measure.

Find examples of measuring your success tools and further guidance. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s suite of projects and activities toolkits also contains a list of measures and tools for each intervention type. You may find these a useful starting point for developing your own.

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