Measuring success

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

Process measures Post activity impact measures
• (xx number) partnerships established with (xx number) community organisations to plan, develop and deliver (xx number)
(select – sports/art-based/music) community event in (xx time) months
• (xx number) participants engaged in (xx name) activity to promote the importance of social connection, relevant health issues and/or alcohol and other drug-related harm prevention
• Support provided to (xx name) local high school/ community centre to build an art project focused on reducing stigma around health topics relevant to (young people or specified diversity group) in (xx time) months
• (xx number) partnerships established with healthcare service providers/local organisations in the community in (xx time) months to deliver health messages to (xx name) community group
• (xx number) partnerships established with healthcare service providers/local organisations in the community in (insert time) months to engage (xx name) community group with their services
• (xx name) local faith leaders/multicultural groups/other cultural groups engaged to develop ideas for, and to develop shared space that celebrates diversity in the (insert name) community over (insert time) months
• (xx names) local media outlets engaged within the (insert name) community to help ensure accurate and stigma free reporting on alcohol and other drugrelated issues in (xx time) months
• (xx name) community leaders engaged to establish and address (xx number) key strategies to influence the socially acceptable nature of alcohol consumption within (xx name) community over (xx time) months
• (xx name) local healthcare service providers engaged to identify and reduce at least three barriers to health seeking behaviour present within the community in (xx time) months.
As a result of engagement in (insert name – promotional, participation or social connection) activity:
• (xx) participants will report an increase in awareness of the importance of social connection, relevant health issues and/or preventing alcohol and other drug-related harm
• (xx number) participants will report an increase in awareness of the harms associated with risky drinking and other drug use
• (xx number) participants will report an increase in awareness of the benefits of strong and connected communities and how to become involved
• (xx number) participants will report an increase in awareness of local services e.g. counselling services, telephone helplines, employment services and job-seeking support services
• (xx number) participants will report a demonstrated increase in feelings of social connection.

Short-term impact measures

  • Feedback sheets or questionnaires (pre and post-activities)
  • Surveys
  • Verbal feedback from participants
  • Feedback from a facilitator
  • Notes taken by a dedicated note taker
  • Partnerships analysis
  • Local population health data (e.g. community survey data).

Tools to measure success

As a result of ongoing engagement in

(xx name – promotional, participation or social connection) activity:

  • (xx number) participants will report a continued increase in awareness of the importance of social connection, relevant health issues and/or preventing alcohol and other drug-related harm
  • (xx number) participants will report a continued increase in awareness of the harms associated with risky drinking and other drug use
  • (xx number) participants will report a continued increase in awareness of the benefits of strong and connected communities and how to become involved
  • (xx number) participants will report a continued increase in awareness of local services e.g. counselling services, telephone helplines, employment services and job-seeking support services
  • (xx number) participants will continue to report a demonstrated increase in feelings of social connection.

Next steps

Other things you can do to support people

in your community:

  1. Work with your community partners to deliver a liquor licensing activity: see Community Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, and QLD.
  2. Work with your community partners to deliver a volunteering activity: see Volunteering toolkit.
  3. Deliver a peer support activity: see Peer Support toolkit.
  4. Deliver a mentoring activity: see Mentoring toolkit.