Measuring success

Measuring the success of your activity allows you to check how you have gone against the objectives that you set at the start.

You are required to specify at least two process and two impact measures for your Community Action Plan activity.

Some example processes, impact measures and tools to measure success for education activities are provided on the next page. You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the success of your education activity. The measures of success that you use should align with the objectives of your activity.

For groups that are delivering existing education programs, find out if these programs have process and impact measures of success already established that you can use or adapt.

Useful resources: Measuring your success

Process measures • Engaged with (xx number) of schools within (xx time) months, to increase their knowledge of the importance of evidence-based school alcohol and other drugs education
• Engaged with (xx number) community organisations within (xx time) months, to link them to evidence-based school alcohol and other drugs education programs
• Worked with (xx number) schools over (xx time) months, to develop an education in schools activity using the selected evidence-based alcohol and other drugs education program
• Worked with (xx number) schools and engaged expert to delivered (xx number) education sessions within (xx time) months at (xx number) schools
• Worked with (xx number) schools and engaged expert over an (insert time) month period, to deliver (xx number) education sessions to (xx number) students
• Worked with (xxnumber) schools to promote the importance of evidence-based school alcohol and other drugs education to parents at (xx number) schools
• Worked with (xx number) schools within (xx time) months, delivering evidence informed alcohol and other drugs prevention information to parents at (xx number) schools
• Work with (xx number) community organisations within (xx time) months, to distribute evidencebased
information on positive parenting to parents, grandparents and family members in the (insert name) community.
Impact measures Post education in schools activity measures
Below measures could be used to determine effectiveness of the activity being delivered:
• (xx number) students reporting a demonstrated increase in awareness of the harms of risky drinking and/or other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting specific harms associated with risky alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting a change in their belief of the harms associated with risky alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting that they are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
Short-term impacts for education in schools activity (one month after)
Below measures could be used to determine the shortterm effectiveness of the activity being delivered one month after the activity:
• (xx number) students reporting a demonstrated increase in awareness of the harms of risky drinking and/or other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting specific harms associated with risky alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting a change in their belief of the harms associated with risky alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting that they are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
Longer-term impacts for education in schools activity (six months after)
Below measures could be used to determine the longer-term effectiveness of the activity being delivered six months after the activity:
• (xx number) students reporting a demonstrated increase in awareness of the harms of risky drinking and/or other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting specific harms associated with risky alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting a change in their belief of the harms associated with risky alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) students reporting that they are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
Tools to measure success • Feedback sheets or questionnaires (both pre- and post- is preferable)
• Interviews
• Surveys
• Document analysis (e.g. school attendance or performance records)
• Local population health data (e.g. community survey data)

Next steps

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

  1. Deliver an activity to support teenagers: see Supporting Teenagers toolkit
  2. Deliver peer support activities: see Peer Support toolkit
  3. Deliver mentoring activities: see Mentoring toolkit
  4. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, and QLD.

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