Measuring success

Some example measures of success and tools to measure success for peer support activities are provided. You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the success of your activity.

Process measures

  • Engagement with (xx) community organisations over the first three-months of the peer support activity to assist in establishing access to peer leaders to participate in the peer support training
  • Recruitment of (xx) peer leaders to participate in the peer support activity over (xx) month period
  • Conduct (xx) peer support training sessions within a six-month period for (xx) of peer leaders
  • Recruitment of (xx) peers to participate in the peer support activity over (xx) month period
  • Support (xx) peers through (xx) peer support activity over (insert time) month period.


Impact measures

Post peer support training (survey completed by participants pre/post training)

As a result of completing the peer support training:

  • (xx) of peer leaders demonstrate an increase in knowledge of harms associated with risky drinking and drug use
  • (xx) peer leaders report an increase in confidence to engage with young people as peer leaders.


Short-term impacts of peer support training (one month after training):

  • As a result of the completing the peer support training, (xx) peer leaders will have interacted with (xx) young people to apply their learning from the peer support training
  • Through engagement with (xx) peer leaders, (xx) young people will demonstrate and increase in knowledge of harms associated with risky drinking and drug use
  • Through engagement with (xx) peer leaders, (xx) young people will report feeling increased levels of self-confidence
  • Through engagement with (xx) peer leaders, (xx) young people will report experiencing positive social connections in their community.

Longer-term impacts of peer support training (six months after training):

  • Six months after the peer support training, (xx) peer leaders will have increased the number of interactions they have with young people as a result of ongoing engagement with the peer support activity.

Tools to measure success

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


Next steps

Other things you can do to support young people:

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


Useful resources:

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