Measuring success

Measuring the success of your mentoring activities 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 measures and two impact measures for each activity in your Community Action Plan. Some example measures of success and tools to measure success for mentoring activities are provided. You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the success of your mentoring activity. The measures of success that you use should align with the objectives you set at the start and are trying to achieve.

Process measures Impact measures
• Engage with (xx number) community organisations over the first three-months of the mentoring activity to assist in establishing access to mentors to participate in the mentoring activity
• Conduct training with (xx number) mentors within an (xx time) month period.
As a result of completing the peer support training:
• (xx number) mentors will demonstrate an increase in knowledge of harms associated with risky drinking and drug use
• (xx number) mentors report an increase in confidence to engage with young people as mentors. Short-term impacts of mentoring activity (one month after training via survey monkey survey or self complete survey)
• As a result of the completing the mentoring training, (xx number) mentors will have matched with (xx number) mentees to apply their learning from the mentoring training
• Through engagement with (xx number) mentors, (xx number) mentees will demonstrate and increase in knowledge of harms associated with risky drinking and drug use
• Through engagement with (xx number) mentors, (xx number) mentees will report feeling increased levels of self-confidence
• Through engagement with (xx number) mentors, (xx number) mentees will report experiencing positive social connections in their community.

Longer-term impacts of mentoring activity
(on completion of the mentoring activity)
• (xx number) mentees will demonstrate further increases in knowledge of harms associated with risky drinking and drug use
• (xx number) mentees will report greater feelings of increased levels of self-confidence
• (xx number) mentees will report experiencing greater positive social connections in their community.

Tools to measure success

  • Feedback sheets or questionnaires (pre and post)
  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Document analysis (e.g. meeting minutes, Mentee Progress Records)
  • Partnerships analysis
  • Local population health data (e.g. community survey data).

For groups that are linking in to existing mentoring activities, find out if these activities have measures of success already established that you can use and/or adapt.

Next steps

Other things you can do to support young people:

  1. Engage with schools to deliver evidence-based school drug education: see Education in Schools toolkit
  2. Deliver a peer support activity: see Peer Support toolkit
  3. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, and QLD.
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