Measuring success

Some example measures of success and tools to measure them are provided below. You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the success of your activity.

Process measures

  • Engage with (xx) community organisations over the first three-months of the alcohol, other drugs and older people activity to assist in establishing access to older people to participate in your awareness raising activity/upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity
  • Work with (xx) community organisations to deliver awareness raising activities/upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity targeting older people
  • (xx) older people participating in (xx) awareness raising activities/upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity targeting older people.

Post awareness raising activity/upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity on alcohol, other drugs and older people:

(survey completed by target audience or participants pre/post activity/training).

Impact measures

As a result of the awareness raising activity or completing the upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity:

  • (xx) older people will be aware of the NHMRC Drinking Guidelines
  • (xx) older people will demonstrate an increase in awareness of the impacts and effects of alcohol and other drugs on the ageing body
  • (xx) adults will report an increase participation and feelings of social connection within (xx) community.

Short-term impacts awareness raising activity/upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity on alcohol, other drugs and older people (one month after):

  • As a result of the completing the awareness raising activity, (xx) participants will continue to demonstrate an increase in knowledge of impacts and effects of alcohol and other drugs on the ageing body
  • As a result of the completing the upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity, (xx) participants report ongoing engagement in the participation activity and stronger feelings of social connection within (xx) community.

Longer-term impacts of alcohol and older people training or information session (six months after completing the activity):

  • As a result of the completing the awareness raising activity, (xx) participants will further develop their knowledge of the impacts and effects of alcohol and other drugs on the ageing body
  • As a result of the completing the upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity, (xx) participants report further engagement in the participation activities and stronger feelings of social connection within (xx) community.


Tools to measure success

  • Feedback sheets or questionnaires (both pre- and post- is preferable)
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Verbal feedback from participants, facilitators
  • Notes taken by a dedicated note taker
  • Document analysis (e.g. tracking and monitoring the number of resources distributed)
  • Focus groups (e.g. with healthcare and service providers)
  • Partnerships analysis
  • Local population health data (e.g. community survey data).


Next steps

Other things you can do to support older people in your community:

  1. Work with your community partners to further connect and strengthen your community: see Strong and Connected Communities toolkit
  2. Work with your community partners to deliver a volunteering activity: see Volunteering toolkit
  3. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, and QLD.


More information

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