An outcome evaluation of a youth development programme
Social Work (South Africa)
Section of Organisational Psychology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
This outcome evaluation assessed whether a development programme for youths aging out of foster care attained its goals. Relationship building was the only short-term outcome that was achieved. The medium-term outcomes of securing internships and finding suitable accommodation were achieved for some beneficiaries. The programme proved good enough for some beneficiaries regarding the long-term outcomes of securing employment, responsible alcohol use, resistance to drug use, safe sex and attending mentoring sessions. The programme did not succeed in attaining its most challenging long-term outcomes, namely finding habitable accommodation, improving education levels and community involvement.
drug user; educational development; employment; local participation; social development; young population