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 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 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 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 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 Involving Volunteers
  3. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Participation in Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, and QLD.


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