Measuring success

Measuring the success of your Healthy Workplaces activity allows you to check how successful your activity has been, when measured against the objectives you set at the start.

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

Healthy Workplaces activities may aim to influence outcomes relating to individual workers, workplaces or the community. Some activities will address outcomes across several categories.

Some example processes, impact measures and tools to measure success of Healthy Workplaces activities are provided below. You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the success of your approach. Your measures of success should align with the objectives you set at the start.

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Process measures Impact measures
• (xx number) workplaces engaged over the first (xx number) months to participate in Healthy Workplaces activity, including workplace type (e.g. industry, occupational group)
• (xx number) workplaces conducting a self- assessment over the first (xx number) months
• (xx number) workplaces developing and/ or updating an AOD policy over the first (insert number) months
• (xx number) workplaces developing training activities to increase awareness of the harms of alcohol and other drugs use over first 3–6 months
• (xx number) workplaces delivering training activities to increase awareness of the harms of alcohol and other drugs use over (insert number) months
• Work with workplaces to deliver (xx number/type) activities in the workplace targeting key action areas (e.g. culture; physical working environment; personal health resources; community connections)
• (xx %) pre- and post-surveys completed by workers for education and skill development opportunities to measure change in knowledge, workplace culture, attitudes and behaviour with regards to alcohol and other drugs use
• (xx number) employees participating in (xx number) workplace strategies in the program over (xx number) months
• (xx number) workplaces working with the LDAT to create a workplace culture that promotes safe and responsible alcohol use and minimises drug-related harm over a (xx number) month period.
Short-term impacts of the workplace program
(one month after action)
• Establish (xx number) new partnerships between workplaces and healthcare service providers or local community organisations
• (xx number) employees/employers complete evaluation of the workplace strategies (e.g. follow up survey) indicating that they valued the program
• (xx number) employees are able to name and identify relevant workplace policies
• (xx number) employees who demonstrate an increase in knowledge of harms associated with alcohol and other drug use
• (xx number) managers/supervisors who report feeling increased levels of self confidence in identifying and responding to risks from alcohol and other drug use.
Longer-term impacts of the workplace program
(six to twelve months after action)
• (xx %) of employees demonstrate further increases in knowledge of harms associated with risky drinking and other drug use
• (xx %) of managers/supervisors report increased levels of self confidence
• (xx %) of employees report an increased sense of connection and belonging to their workplace
• Managers report staff performance and productivity have increased by (xx %)
• Rates of absenteeism are (xx %) lower than before the workplace strategies commenced
• Employees report (xx %) reduced attendance at work when affected by alcohol and other drugs
(reduces ‘presenteeism’)
• (xx %) increase in the number of workers who can identify alcohol and other drugs harms at 6 and 12-months post-implementation of training activities and
workplace strategies.

Next steps

Other things you can do to support workplaces in the community:

  1. Work with your community partners to further connect and strengthen your community:
    see Strong and Connected Communities toolkit.
  2. Strengthen the community’s knowledge on the risks and benefits of pharmaceutical drugs, including alternative and complementary therapies: see Pharmaceutical Drugs and Your Community.
  3. Educate older adults about alcohol and other drugs: see Alcohol, Other Drugs and Older People toolkit.
  4. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Participation in Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, VIC, TAS, NSW, and QLD.