How we evaluate
Risk-Avert benefits from a dual process evaluation. Working with independent academics we evaluate the impact of the programme using quantitative and qualitative methods each academic year.
This is focused on the outcomes and benefits of the programme for schools and young people. We use valid and reliable measures and measure the progress of students pre and post delivery.
In addition we have a PHD studentship in partnership with the school of health and human sciences at the University of Essex. This work began during the 2015/16 academic year and is a fully funded three year project.
The work of our PHD student is focused on the validity and reliability of the Risk-Avert screening tool and the longitudinal impact of the programme.
What we measure
We measure three key domains for young people, these are:
- Mental well-being
These measures are completed pre and post by young people completing the targeted elements of the Risk-Avert programme.
In addition qualitative focus groups are completed with selected schools and school staff complete pre and post measures themselves.
For more information on how we evaluate the programme and the outcomes that Risk-Avert can deliver for your school or local area please get in touch.
Improves self-efficacy for young people
Improves emotional health and feelings of well-being for young people
Increases the resilience of young people
Develops decision making skills for young people
Changes attitudes and opinions related to engagement in risk-taking behaviours
Builds positive social norms