Measuring success

Measuring the impact of your activity allows you to compare your success against your objectives.

Measure the success of your activity with parent/ influencers participating in your activity:

Some example measures of success and tools to measure your success are provided as a useful starting point below.

Process measures Impact measures
• Engagement with (xx number) community organisations over the first three months of the activity to assist in establishing access to parents with teenagers.
• Engagement with (xx number) community organisations over a six-month period to link parents/ influencers to quality information and resources via:
-- (xx number) local schools
-- at (xx number) community events
-- via (xx number) local media acticles/ adverisements
-- through a series of (insert number) workshops.
• Engagement with (xx number) community organisations to deliver (xx number) workshops within a six-month period for (xx number) number of parents/key influencers.
• As a result of being provided with quality information and resources, (xx number) parents/key influencers report an increase in alcohol and other drug-related knowledge.
• As a result of being provided with quality information and resources, at least (xx number) parents report that their level of confidence in having a meaningful conversation with their teenager about alcohol and
other drug use has increased.
• Following attendance at the workshops, at least (xx number) parent/key influencer participants reported an increase in alcohol and other drug-related knowledge.
• Following attendance at the workshops, at least (xx number) parents report that their level of confidence in having a meaningful conversation with their teenager about alcohol and other drug use has increased.
• Following attendance at the workshops, at least (xx number) key influencer participants report an increase in confidence to engage with other parents when it comes to discussing issues related to alcohol and other drug use amongst teenagers.
• Following attendance at the workshops, at least (xx number) parents report an increase in understanding of things they as a parent can do to increase protective factors that can prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms amongst teenagers, such as:
-- parental influence
-- role modelling
-- good communication
-- setting clear expectations and boundaries
-- supervision.
• In follow-up with parents one month after the workshop, (xx number) parents will report they have had a discussion with their teenager about alcohol and other drug use.
• In follow-up with parents one month after attendance at the workshop, at least (xx number) parents report they have taken action relating to one or more of the following with their teenager:
-- parental influence
-- role modelling
-- good communication
-- setting clear expectations and boundaries
-- supervision.
• In follow-up with parents six months after the workshop, (xx number) parents will report they have had ongoing discussions with their teenager about harm from alcohol and other drug use.
• In follow-up with parents six months after attendance at the workshops, at least (xx number) parents report they have taken ongoing action relating to one or more of the following with their teenager:
-- parental influence
-- role modelling
-- good communication
-- setting clear expectations and boundaries
-- accountability
-- supervision.
• Number of parent/influencer participants interested in being involved in further activities to support their teenager.
• 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).

Next steps

Other things you can do to support teenagers:

  1. Engage with schools to deliver evidence-based school drug education: see Education in Schools 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.

More information

  • Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)
    This site is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. It provides a central point of access to Australian drug and alcohol information.
  • headspace
    headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. It provides early intervention mental health services to 12–25-year-olds, as well as assistance in promoting young people's wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
  • Orygen
    Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.
  • Parenting Strategies: Preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse
    Parenting Strategies offers an online parenting program to help parents manage challenging issues they may face with their children. These include alcohol and drug misuse, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
  • Positive Choices
    Positive Choices provides a range of evidence based information and resources to help parents and key influencers stay informed, communicate effectively, and implement strategies to protect teenagers from drug-related harm.
  • Raising Children Network
    The Raising Children Network is an online resource for parents that offers information and tools on a wide range of parenting topics including alcohol and other drugs.
  • Youth Drugs and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA)
    YoDAA provides online and evidence-informed information and resources on alcohol and other drugs specific to young people.
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