At STARTTS, we believe in evidence-based practice and we are committed to continually learning and improving. Part of good community development is reflecting on what we’re doing and how we can better meet the needs of the communities we work with.
Evaluation is an important part of our community development program. Measuring the effectiveness of our projects allows us to document and share important lessons and best practice guidelines, tailor our programs to better meet the needs of refugee communities and individuals, and involve our clients actively in the process of feedback and reflection.
Projects currently being evaluated include:
Measuring social capital
In partnership with the Centre for Refugee Research at the University of New South Wales, STARTTS is developing a new methodology for measuring the social capital impact of our community development programs. This is an exciting project because it will involve people from refugee background in the design of an evaluation tool developed specifically for the Australian refugee settlement context. The outcomes of the community consultations will be available here later in the year.
Community development evaluation training
STARTTS offers community development evaluation training as part of its Community Development training program.
Community Development Evaluation Manual
As part of our unique approach to evaluating community development programs, STARTTS has developed a Community Development Evaluation Manual as a reference guide for our staff and other refugee settlement service providers.
The full manual is available here as a free download.