The Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) supports community initiatives aimed at reducing the supply of, demand for, and harms associated with substance misuse among young people across Central Australia. Researchers will assist CAYLUS establish a rolling monitoring and evaluation process for the activities it runs through the Youth Worker Brokerage Program, specifically examining the impact of its programs and activities on local level community crime and petrol sniffing.
Dr Fiona Shand
Black Dog Institute
- Community members’ perceptions of the impact of the programs on community level crime and substance misuse
- The popularity of programs, participation levels and demographics of program participants
- Changes in crime trends data and its relationship to the implementation of program activities
- Changes in substance misuse data and its relationship to the implementation of program activities
- The degree to which program activities are supported by current research and evidence
Stage 1 of the evaluation was completed in February 2016. The Executive summary is available for download here.
Stage 2 of the evaluation of the CAYLUS Youth Worker Brokerage program commenced in June 2016, and will be ongoing until 2019. In stage 2, CREMS will continue to provide assistance to CAYLUS in maintain a rolling monitoring and evaluation process for the activities it runs through the CAYLUS Youth Worker Brokerage. The project will examine the ongoing impact and perceived impact of programs and activities supported by this brokerage on local level community crime (particularly crime involving young people) and petrol sniffing.
The Executive summary from Stage 1 can be downloaded here.
By improving the capacity of the CAYLUS staff to evaluate and monitor their service, the standard of youth programs may be informed and improved, and the enduring disability associated with substance misuse may be reduced.