Over the last year ARTD has supported Bankstown City Council with their evaluation of the 'U-Turns for Youth' program. This program works with local youth who are at risk of disengaging from school or getting involved in motor vehicle crime, providing them with automotive and life skills workshops to support their engagement in education, training and employment and access to youth support services. ARTD began by working with the project manager to develop an evaluation framework and plan for the ‘U-Turns for Youth’ project. This included data collection methods and tools the Council could use to collect sufficient data for a program evaluation. The Council then commissioned ARTD to analyse the data they collected and write the final evaluation report in June 2011. The report will be used to support and assist other local government areas to implement similar initiatives.
Margaret Southwell of Bankstown Council had the following to say about working with ARTD:
“When we developed the idea of running the ‘U-Turns for Youth’ program across Bankstown and Canterbury we knew we needed to collect a broad range of data to assess the impact of the program. ARTD were able to work within our budget and time constraints to guide us in the development of appropriate data collection tools and then mentor our project manager through the process of collecting the data. The final evaluation report was professional, in depth and delivered on time. I look forward to working with ARTD again!”
ARTD recently evaluated FaHCSIA’s Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability. The program provides immediate and short-term respite to carers of young people with severe or profound disability and facilitates access to information, respite care and other support or assistance. The evaluation found is well targeted and is making a real difference in the lives of carers and their families. Senator Jan McLucas the findings of this evaluation will help inform the design and development work needed for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. For more see this link.