In-house research and evaluation at drummond street services

Program Evaluation ProjectsBuilding on drummond street’s rich history of in-house research and evaluation, ds has designed and is implementing a new ‘Whole of Organisation’ Evaluation System. This includes a comprehensive range of multi-measure questionnaires for clients, to collect information about changes that have occurred in their lives, relationships and family during their time attending programs and services at drummond street. These surveys are designed to detect changes that may have occurred for individuals, couples and families across drummond street’s 6 Family Service Outcome Domains that our services collaboratively target:

  • Individual Well-being
  • Connected Family Relationships
  • Safe Family Environment
  • Competent Parenting
  • Material Security
  • Connection to Community

A component of the ‘Whole of Organisation’ Evaluation System is surveys to be completed by attendees of ds group programs – each questionnaire series is tailored to evaluate the outcome domains targeted by each education, prevention and early intervention group program. This includes multi-measure questionnaires for families who attend our BEST-MOOD program. The BEST-MOOD intervention is a group for families where a young person has signs or a diagnosis of depression – the group was evaluated in a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. The trial was led by Deakin University in partnership with drummond street services and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre/Eastern Health and, and was supported by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Drug Foundation and beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative.

drummond street is currently partnering again with Deakin University School of Psychology, in a pilot project called ‘Chilled’. It is a family intervention for families with a child aged 3-11 years who shows signs of prolonged sadness, seem worried more than usual and may have other behavioural or emotional concerns.

External – Respectful Relationships Program Evaluation

In NSW, an agency is working in a school setting to promote respectful relationships. This program works with boys in years 5-6 (aged 10-12) to promote positive attitudes and improved behaviour towards girls and women by engaging them in performing arts activities. This agency has asked CFRE to help them evaluate this project to demonstrate the outcomes being produced. As part of this project CFRE will assist with program documentation, designing an evaluation, collecting and analysing the data and producing an evaluation report. The aim of this evaluation is to submit this program to the Child Family Community Australia evidence-based list to be shared with other agencies with the potential for wider adoption.