During 2012 a pilot program was delivered through Kyneton Community Learning Centre (KCLC) targeting disengaged students aged 14-15 (up to 17 years) in a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation course.
The Flexible Learning Options Advisory Committee, established to provide support to the implementation of the program, decided to evaluate the outcomes against the original objectives to determine the success of the pilot. It was intended that outcomes could then be reported back to the broader networks to inform future program development and evidence resource requirements.
An evaluation plan was developed using a Flexible Learning Options evaluation framework and tools were developed to measure outcomes. The Macedon Ranges Partnership Broker conducted the research with participants, program deliverers and partners.
The evaluation report investigated the ability of the program to increase the re-engagement into educational/career pathways for dis-engaged young people. This was measured by the ability of the program to achieve sustained participant engagement, increased opportunities for education and career pathways for participants; increased partner effectiveness in supporting participants during and after the program and learning’s to inform future re-engagement programs.
Evaluation findings concluded that the pilot was successful in re-engaging the majority of young people enrolled for a period beyond the life of the program. It highlighted the importance of partnerships, high level resourcing, flexibility, program adaptation, and most importantly coordination between stakeholders.
CRLLEN staff are able to assist education or training organisations in the evaluation of their Flexible Learning Options Programs with a suite of tools or expert advice.