Measure your success

Some example ‘measures of success’ and tools to measure them are provided on the next page.

You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the success of your program.

Table 1: Measuring success

Process measures Impact measures
• Engage with (xx) community organisations over the first three months of your activity to assist in establishing access to young adults 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 young adults.
• (xx) young adults participating in (xx) awareness raising activities/upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity targeting young adults.
• Post-awareness raising activity/upskilling activity/ participation and social connection activity on alcohol, other drugs and young people: (survey completed by target audience or participants pre/ post activity/training).
As a result of the awareness raising activity or completing the upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity:
• (xx percent) young adults will be aware of the NHMRC Drinking Guidelines
• (xx) young adults will demonstrate an increased awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs
• (xx) young adults will report an increase participation in community activities or increase in feelings of social connection within (insert name) community.

Short-term impacts of awareness raising activity/ upskilling activity/participation and social connection activity on young adults (one month after):
• as a result of completing the awareness raising activity, (xx) participants will continue to demonstrate an increase in knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs
• as a result of completing the upskilling/ participation and/or social connection activity, (xx number) participants report ongoing engagement in the participation activity and stronger feelings of social connection within (xx name) community.

Longer-term impacts of alcohol and younger people training or information session (six months after completing the activity):
• as a result of completing the awareness raising activity, (xx number) participants will further develop their knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs
• as a result of completing the upskilling/ participation and/or social connection activity, (xx number) participants report further engagement in the participation activities and stronger feelings of social connection within (xx name) 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 young 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 or mentoring activity: see Involving Volunteers toolkit or Mentoring toolkit
  3. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Participation in Liquor Licensing toolkit.