University of Melbourne Research/Evaluation — TRP School Programs
The University of Melbourne will be conducting an evaluation of The Resilience Project (TRP) school programs to understand the impact of the program on participating students, staff and parent/guardians. The evaluation and research will specifically be looking at immediate and maintained changes in behaviour in relation to use of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness strategies, and any associated changes in feelings and attitudes.
This research is being conducted by researchers from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne. The research team includes Professor Lisa Gibbs, Dr Karen Block, Ms Hannah Morrice, Ms Elena Swift and Ms Lauren Carpenter.
The University of Melbourne recruitment and data collection team includes: Dr Anna Barrett, Ms Kathryn Young, Dr Dakhina Mitra, Ms Kate Burke, and Ms Molly Harrington.
HOW WILL THE EVALUATION BE CONDUCTED?
A multi-method evaluation will be conducted from 2018-2020 to examine the impacts and outcomes of The Resilience Project in the school context, focussing on:
- How the program is implemented and experienced within the school communities
- Impact of the program on the attitudes and behaviours of students, teachers and parents
- Whether individual student responses are influenced by peer, teacher and parent uptake of program strategies
- Whether students with different needs respond differently to the program.
The methods will include pre and post surveys to measure change over time. The student results will be compared to students from comparison schools to determine if changes arose from the project and not just from student maturation. Parent and teacher interviews, student focus groups and student case study analyses will also be conducted to gain deeper insights into the nature of the program impacts.
WHAT CONTRIBUTION WILL THIS MAKE?
Health promotion projects typically benefit those who are already doing well. Resilience promotion is particularly difficult to measure because of the many factors involved and the potential for the benefits to only emerge during a time of future adversity. If this program is found to be closing the gap for students who are at risk then it will be an extremely important contribution in a time of escalating youth mental health issues.