From the outset, evaluating our programmes has been a priority. FYD's credibility and ability to grow our programmes and reach more young people depends on proven performance. It is therefore vital for all of us that we can prove that our programmes are worthwhile and achieving their objectives.
Reflecting that, qualified staff at FYD's National Support Office are dedicated to research and evaluation along with this FYD is supported by several universities including the University of Auckland and Massey University.
Project K assesses the effectiveness of its programme by conducting both outcome and process evaluation. Outcome evalutation looks at whether the outcomes of a programme are consistent with Project K's stated outcomes, e.g. did the programme work and if so, how well? Process evaluation assesses whether the programme is meeting required standards.
In line with our policy of continuous improvement, evaluation design and procedures have been refined and improved over the years.
The objectives of the Project K programme are that:
- Students are motivated to pursue education and employment.
- Students have the confidence to set challenging goals and are motivated to achieve them.
- Students have positive social relationships with peers and family
- Students have the ability to interact with adults to obtain the support and resouces they need.
- Students are connected to their community and are aware of the resources and activities available to them, and the opportunities to contribute.
- Students have a positive attitude towards health, and adopt behaviours that promote wellbeing.
- Young people are economically and socially contributing members of society.
To ensure that our evaluation design and practices remain credible and also to provide opportunities for external evaluation projects, we have developed an association with University of Auckland and Massy University.
We are also open to proposals for independent research projects from Masters and PhD students or other research agencies.