Outcomes are the changes and effects that have happened as a result of your project, program or activity. These can generally be split into two types: ‘hard’ outcomes and ‘soft’ outcomes.
Some soft outcomes you might be interested in evaluating are:
To evaluate exactly what changes have occurred, you’ll need to collect relevant information before and after the project, program and activity. (In fact, it’s best to try and collect this information at regular intervals).
This means working with young people to figure out where they’re currently at and where they want to be. Then checking in with them about how they are faring. You can use rating scales to help with this. For example, at the start of a sports program you could ask young people to rate their ability to perform a certain technique. You could keep checking in with them as the program goes on to see how they rate their technique, to see if they feel they are improving.
Some other ways that you and/or young people can work together to measure changes are:
Tips on choosing what to measure
Different ways to demonstrate outcomes
The New Economics Foundation Prove It! toolkit follows three steps: deciding what to measure with a storyboard, collecting information with a survey and looking back on what actually happened with a project reflection workshop.
The Young Foundation has created a framework of outcomes for young people, which includes a full matrix of tools. This is a model that uses seven interlinked ‘clusters’ of social and emotional capabilities linked to outcomes such as educational attainment, employment and health.
Research with young people creates an evidence base to demonstrate outcomes. Projects and services are improved when young people…