Interim Report on the Pilot Evaluation of the Social Impact of the Prospects Resilience Programme.

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Abstract

The aim of this research project is to provide a comprehensive evaluation framework capable of both assessing the social impact of the Prospects resilience programme and adding value to the business model by increasing knowledge/understanding of what works and why. Building on the University of Northampton’s ‘Social Impact Matrix©’ approach, this evaluation will encompass the short- and long-term impact of the programme on young people (in relation to their resilience and wellbeing) and mentors (in relation to the impact of the training they receive and their work with children and young people).

Since the beginning of the evaluation, the Institute for social innovation and Impact (ISII) has:
- Undertaken pilot research, over a three-month period which aimed to provide initial feedback from the Boost app. This data analysis influenced Phase 2 of the Boost App and was used to inform the full-scale research evaluation project of the Prospects resilience programme.
- Utilising data collected through the pilot study, ISII has implemented a baseline evaluation using an online survey to investigate the level of well-being and resilience of the young people participating to the Prospect programme. This survey collected 89 individual responses.
- Completed qualitative data collection, by interviewing a commissioner (n=1), mentors (n=4), and participants (n=11). The commissioner interview focused on (1) understanding what influenced the commissioner decision to work with Prospects, (2) what are the challenges faced by young people in the area, (3) the quality of the services that Prospects offer and in particular the App, and (4) the possible improvement that Prospects should put into practice. Mentor interviews focused on (1) the challenges faced by young people, (2) how mentors support young people (3) the quality of the services that Prospects offers and in particular the App, and (4) the possible improvement that Prospects should put into practice. Young people interviews focused on the (1) needs, challenges and hopes related to the area in which they are living and to themselves (2) whether these are met by the Prospects programme and in particular by the App and/or the mentoring programme (3) and the possible improvement that Prospects could make. Through the thematic analysis of interviews, eight themes were identified which are broken down into three distinct categories.

The following report outlines the literature review, the descriptive analysis from the baseline data collection, and the thematic analysis from the interviews. Moreover, it concludes by presenting the final stage of the evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyProspects Inspiring People: Developing Potential
Number of pages61
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Resilience
  • Wellbeing
  • Life Satisfaction

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