In order for A&U to ensure programs are continuing to meet needs, we recently applied for grant funding to conduct an evaluation of the Aunties and Uncles mentoring program. To our delight, we were successful in this process and we are now ready to take the next steps on this journey. Thank you to the Queensland Community Foundation for supporting this important project!
The evaluation process helps not-for-profits and governments review services delivered and determine if the outcomes match organizational objectives. Specifically the purpose of the A&U evaluation is to see if the program has benefits for children, families and mentors. There is also a need to understand the long-term benefits around involvement with A&U, and if the program helps families experiencing domestic and family violence.
To manage the project, A&U will be sourcing an external consultant, experienced in this field and capable of managing the end-to-end process. The added bonus of securing an external consultant is that we can be assured the results will be independent and objective.
The A&U team will work closely with the consultant to devise, create and deliver an evaluation approach. This will mean speaking with families, children and mentors about the program and what it has meant for their lives. Being part of the evaluation can help you have your say about the program so we actively encourage your involvement. We want to find out what is working well and what can be improved, and we’ll do that with your help.
Armed with insights from the evaluation, A&U will then be able to demonstrate the positive impact our mentoring relationships bring, use this information to improve the program, if identified, and importantly to inform future sponsors and funding bodies.
We look forward to working with you as the program evolves.