Demonstrating Success

Demonstrating Success

ProMo-Cymru have been working with Arad Consulting, associated Academics, youth work practitioners and young people from across Wales on the Welsh Assembly Government’s Demonstrating Success project.

The resource toolkit incorporates a series of indicators and materials to evaluate and measure successful youth work interventions.   These materials identify and measure the ‘soft skills’ developed and the distance travelled by individuals, highlighting methods of best practice in the projects and work carried out by youth organisations.

ProMo-Cymru were also previously involved in pilot consultations with young people testing the initial materials produced for the Welsh Assembly Governments Emotional Intelligence project and this involvement led onto the partnership to develop the flagship project of Demonstrating Success.

Young people gain a variety of personal and interpersonal skills through their involvement with youth projects and organisations, gaining more confidence, interpersonal skills, becoming motivated to make choices about their lives etc.  It is this “value” that Demonstrating Success measures, how young people have developed socially and emotionally through their involvement, how they have grown as an individual.

Social and Emotional Dispositions and Skills

The term Social and Emotional Dispositions and Skills (SEDS) has been developed to articulate the set of skills learned by young people, the changes observed, distance travelled and skills as a result of receiving a service or intervention.

The constructs (i.e. what we see when young people develop their Social and Emotional Dispositions and Skills) are:

* Listens to others
* Asks questions
* Uses appropriate body language
* Uses appropriate verbal communication

Respect for others
* Demonstrates a willingness to participate
* Makes a positive contribution to an activity
* Sees value in participation
* Shows resilience

Motivation and active participation
* Manages own feelings
* Knows rights and taking responsibilities
* Manages risk and understands consequence
* Is individual

* Accepts others
* Practices empathy
* Values relationships

These each have three levels that can be measured or assessed against these activities or behaviours:

Level 1 or Working Towards Level 1 – Familiar settings, supervised, with an understanding of their behaviour they can describe.

Level 2 – Less familiar setting, supported in carrying out an activity, applying skills in relation to their own behaviour, reflecting and self evaluating.

Level 3 – Unfamiliar setting, unsupervised, supporting others and can identifying skills in them, reflect and evaluate self and others.

This evidence may then be used as a focus for improvement by young people and practitioners alike.

The toolkit of materials is in its final stages of development and is adaptable to suit every situation within the context of youth work, for both long-term and short-term intervention and is easy to use and monitor.