Evaluation is the key to quality improvement, and will guide your strategy for program planning and development.
On this page you can:
- Find documents to guide your policy on the program evaluation.
- Find tips on how to evaluate your program efficiently.
- Work through a checklist on the resources you’ll need for evaluation.
- Read evaluations from Victorian youth mentoring programs.
This example policy document comes from the suite of materials created for the VYMA Quality Assurance Project. All policies are based on a fictional youth mentoring program (‘GenYZ Mentoring’). Please treat these as a starting point for your policy and adapt and change them to reflect your own program’s requirements and design.
This document covers the elements of your program that need to be regularly evaluated, including program processes, mentoring relationship and the impact on the young people.Policy and Procedure – Evaluation (Word, 48Kb)
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Tips to Evaluate your program
These tips provide will give you direction on how to efficiently evaluate your program, including follow up phone calls, incorporating evaluation into your existing participant meetings and the use of surveys.Tips - Program Evaluation (PDF, 126Kb)
The following checklist is a useful guide to help assess whether you have covered all your bases.
This list is from an established set, originally printed in ‘A Guide to Effective Practice for Mentoring Young People’, 2007, Office for Youth, Department of Planning & Community Development’
This checklist covers the resources you need for an effective evaluation process. Some of these include: program forms, time and budget allocation and software and training requirements.Quality Practice Checklists - Evaluation (PDF, 52Kb)
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Evaluation Documents from youth mentoring programs
Evaluation of the Women and Mentoring Program (2012)
The Women and Mentoring Program (WaM), a two-year Pilot initiated in 2009 by The Wellington Collingwood Inc., created a unique, viable and important program model to support women charged with an offence.
This report discusses in detail how the pilot made a significant positive different to the female offenders, trained and resource volunteer mentors and gained the support of the magistrate, police and lawyers.Evaluation of the Women and Mentoring Program (PDF, 1Mb)
Evaluation of the Kokoda Youth Mentoring Program (2011)
The Kokoda Youth Mentoring Program assists 14 – 18 year olds who are experiencing difficult life circumstances to reconnect with mainstream society. The program focuses on preparing participants for the mental and physical challenges of travelling to Papua New Guinea and walking the Kokoda Track.
This report outlines the program logic of the program and describes the positive impact of the program on young people, mentors and the local community.Evaluation of the Kokoda Youth Mentoring Program (PDF, 750Kb)