Our Impact

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Transforming lives

 

HNAT provides dedicated intensive intervention support to 36 vulnerable young people each year. Our programs are focused on providing depth of support, rather than scale, in order to deliver a profound and long lasting impact on the lives of the young people who need it most.

The program’s unique combination of activities and counselling provides a safe, non-threatening context that promotes self-esteem, independence, maturity, resilience, teamwork, and optimism. This program has demonstrated outcomes, with our evaluations showing that participants display significant improvements in motivation, school performance, school attendance, social confidence, a reduction in drug and alcohol use and high-risk behaviours.

What do the young people leave our Program with?

Renewed sense of optimism, positivity and enthusiasm for life
Increased emotional and psychological wellbeing
A reduction in problematic behaviours and substance abuse
Ability to build healthy relationships with family, friends and community
Improved social skills, self-confidence and resilience
Stronger attachment to life goals and intentions for the future

Six months after the Recre8 Young Women’s Sailing Program Autumn 2017, the young women were anonymously asked “whether their life had transformed for the better after being part of the Recre8 Program”? Despite their varying life situations, with many in the same environments, 100% of the young women responded: “Yes”.

Our participant survey captures ratings by participants on changes in various measures of self-esteem and self-efficacy (perception of personal capability) before the program, immediately after the program and six months after the program. Participants self-esteem and self-efficacy ratings are summarised as an average using a six-point scale, with 1 being “Extremely Low” and 6 being “Extremely High”.

The survey results demonstrate a significant increase in self-esteem and efficacy before and after the program and maintenance of self-esteem and efficacy six months post program.

The participant survey, also captures rating from participants on their level of confidence in dealing with issues across a range of key life areas, described in the HEEADSSS Adolescent Psychosocial Assessment Guide. The results are summarized in figure two using a six-point scale, with one being “Not at all confident” and 6 being “Extremely confident”.

On all the HEEADSSS Key Areas of Life, the survey results demonstrate a significant increase in the confident management of challenges in those areas following the program, with maintenance of confidence at six months post program. These results show that the program is having a positive impact on the participants.

To ensure the ratings reported are as realistic as possible, participant ratings are moderated by the ratings given my parents, carers and supporters.

Our impact assessment approach will be strengthened further in 2018 following the completion of a re-design of our program evaluation process.

On all the HEEADSSS Key Areas of Life, the survey results demonstrate a significant increase in the confident management of challenges in those areas following the program, with maintenance of confidence at six months post program. These results show that the program is having a positive impact on the participants.

To ensure the ratings reported are as realistic as possible, participant ratings are moderated by the ratings given my parents, carers and supporters.

Our impact assessment approach will be strengthened further in 2018 following the completion of a re-design of our program evaluation process.

Evaluating our impact

 

We have a professionally designed evaluation framework created in partnership with Adventure Works. This makes it possible to continually improve both the delivery and measurement of our programs and their outcomes.

Our monitoring and evaluation is based on qualitative interviews with Program staff, our organisational team and stakeholders. Stakeholders include participants, parents and carers, referring agencies, school youth counsellors and principals. Interviewing occurs 4 times during the program life-cycle, including 9 months and 18 months after completion to capture long-term changes. Results are analysed by researchers at AW. This contributes a rich stream of data and detailed stories to show the depth and breadth of transformation taking place.

We combine this data capture with pre and post program Life Effectiveness Questionnaires and clinical psychological assessments.

Inter-Heuristic Research Design is embedded into the M&E. This is an innovative method (founded on a wealth of previous research including work by Maslow) that invites the conscious, investigating self-as-researcher to open to the feelings of an experience. The researcher discovers unknown aspects of self and organisational systems that reside outside normal awareness. This results in self-transformation with social and transpersonal implications.  IHRD replicates the external and internal exploration of participants allowing new discoveries to be made.