The purpose of an evaluation is to gain an understanding about the effectiveness of the project. To then be able to present this evidence to Government bodies or philanthropists with a view to grow and extend the project's reach.
DR LISA HUNTER - Phd Monash University
Pilot Project evaluation
To ensure that the outcomes from the pilot were captured, the Women’s Spirit Project engaged the services of Monash University, Faculty of Education (Peninsula Campus) staff, Associate Professor Ruth Jeanes and Lisa Hunter PhD to evaluate the pilot. The evaluators, in consultation with the Working Group, conducted surveys, individual interviews, participant observations and focus groups. The research involved all 30 women – participants, mentors and working group members.
This document provides a summary of the outcomes of that evaluation, it measures significant improvements in the health and wellbeing of all those involved. Finally, the evaluation provides recommendations for improvements in program delivery which will be implemented in future programs.
WSP Pilot Evaluation Summary
Key Evaluation Outcomes For Participants
1. INCREASED FITNESS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING
2. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH, SELF-ESTEEM AND RESILIENCE
3. ENHANCED PARENTING SKILLS & ENGAGEMENT OF FAMILY IN HEALTH & FITNESS
4. GREATER CONNECTEDNESS TO FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
5. EXPANDED SOCIAL CONNECTIONS & SUPPORT NETWORKS BETWEEN PARTICIPANTS
Monash University Evaluation
COMMENTS FROM DR RUTH JEANES
I, with my colleague Dr Lisa Hunter, am responsible for the evaluation of the Women’s Spirit Project. Within this, we will be examining the outcomes and impacts of the project for participants, mentors and organisers and also evaluating the ways in which the project has been managed and delivered.