Sunday, 30 Nov 2014

Evidence of Our Effectiveness

Life Education consistently receives overwhelmingly positive feedback about our program from schools indicating that they value both the educational sessions we deliver to their students, as well as the support we provide the class teacher to deliver further complementary learning opportunities.

Separate from evidence relating to the quality of our program and its delivery, today we release the results of an evaluation which demonstrates our program’s effectiveness in building in primary school students the knowledge and attitudes as well as the strategies and skills they need to make safer and healthier choices – which is precisely what the program sets out to do.

Overseen and compiled by independent consultant, Regina Hill*, this evaluation involved the collection of survey data from over 5,000 students as well as 240 class teachers in over 50 primary schools nationally, all of whom had recently experienced our program.

The evaluation’s key conclusions were as follows –

The Life Education program works to strengthen the pre-disposing factors that can help children and young people to make safer and healthier choices.The program is effective in helping participating primary school students to -

  • build their awareness and understanding of how different things can influence their safety and health
  • value their safety and health and that of those around them
  • develop attitudes that can pre-dispose them to make safer and healthier choices, and
  • identify strategies and build confidence and skills that can help them to deal with peer and community pressure and be safer and healthier.

The educational sessions delivered in primary schools by Life Education, and the supporting resources made available to class teachers, play a valuable role in supporting schools to build students’ awareness, knowledge and skills so that they can make safer and healthier life choices.

The following are some open form comments received from teachers that participated in the evaluation –

  • It’s such a worthwhile program – one of probably the best of its kind available to schools
  • I always enjoy Life Ed visits. The Educators are always prepared, motivated and motivating and engage all the students. I look forward to the annual visit
  • The session was informative, age appropriate, engaging and the student’s learnt a lot about healthy food choices, health and safety
  • Thank you for providing a most rewarding and educational experience which was thoroughly enjoyed by all students

Download the Executive Summary (15 pages)

Download the full Program Evaluation Report (150 pages)

Any questions in relation to the evaluation should in the first instance be directed to David Ballhausen, CEO, Life Education Australia on 02 8262 4300.

Life Education acknowledges and thanks the Westpac Foundation for its support for this evaluation project and the commitment it has shown to the development of our evidence base

*About the Evaluator

Regina Hill is an experienced consultant, social researcher and evaluator. She has worked as a consultant for almost fifteen years having been employed as a commercial consultant with a leading global consulting firm, AT Kearney, for four years before setting up her own consulting practice in 2004. 

Regina works exclusively in the not for profit and government sectors. She specialises in providing support at a board and executive management level in relation to organisational strategy, operational and financial planning and sustainability, organisational structure, process (re)design, capability development and program design, implementation and evaluation.  

Regina has worked with a range of not for profit organisations across the Aboriginal, Housing, Education, Employment, Aging, Mental Health, Disability, Family Services, Justice and Arts sectors. She has also worked with a number of philanthropic organisations and with government at a State and Federal level on strategic policy development, program design and evaluation.   Regina has particular interest and experience in policies and programs related to parenting, early childhood development, education, training and employment.

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