Evaluating the Life Skills Program is essential to understand its effectiveness and inform its development. Our goals for the program are to (i) promote social and emotional well-being by building strengths and resilience to help young people cope with adversity, (ii) make positive life choices, and (iii) avoid self-destructive behaviours. Piloting the evaluation strategy will help us to determine an approach to understanding the extent to which the Life Skills Program can achieve these goals.

Evaluation of the Life Skills Curriculum, and to a lesser extent the ’Strength 2 Strength’ Project, will utilise the following strategies and/or activities:

  1. Student outcomes will be measured using three questionnaires administered prior to and after the program is delivered: the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) (student version), Kessler 5 (K5) and a General Self Concept and Connectedness Questionnaire adapted from the Middle Years Development Index (MDI). We will also use the annual teacher completed SDQs for participating students.
  2. Determining how well the program succeeded in engaging students will be established through a combination of debriefing sessions with the facilitators and analysis of video recordings of sessions delivered.
  3. Fidelity of implementation will be established through the debriefing sessions with the facilitators and observations of sessions via video recording.
  4. A brief questionnaire will be administered at the conclusion of the 12 week program in which students will be asked to rate how much they liked or didn’t like various aspects of the program.