There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it. - Marcus Garvey

Evaluations & Testimonials

Evaluations

Over the last two years Foundation 4 Life have worked with over 250 different organizations and with over 10,000 young people. Monitoring and Evaluation is an intrinsic part of the Foundation 4 Life service. Such is its importance to our organization that we have employed a dedicated EVALUATION ANALYST, to develop this part of the business,

Why is evaluation so important to us?

  • Quality Assurance – To ensure that our provisions maintain a high professional standard enabling us to set the bench mark for best practice.
  • Product Development – To enable us to continually improve and evolve our offering.
  • Client Services – How well are we meeting the needs of users and potential beneficiaries.
  • Marketing and PR – Helps to raise the profile and increase awareness about all the fantastic work we are doing and the difference it is making.
  • Accountability – To show others that you are effective. Funders and other 'stakeholders' want to know whether a project has spent its money appropriately. There is pressure from funders to provide them with evidence of success.

As part of our service level agreement Foundation 4 Life carries out a thorough evaluation of all of our work. We also use anecdotal evidence through testimonials and other statistical data on offending which allows us to create in-depth qualitative and quantitative evaluation analysis.

F4L carry out five types of evaluation:

Young People’s Attitudial Self Evaluation – Young people assess the impact the provisions have had on their own attitude, beliefs and behaviour. This is measured through a questionnaire feedback form.

Parent / Carer Evaluation - Carers of young people complete a questionnaire indicating any noticeable changes in attitude and behaviour.

Client Observation Evaluation – A client staff member is selected supervise the provision. They complete a qualitative questionnaire on the content, delivery and impact of the provision as well as the changes in young peoples behaviour and confidence.

Facilitator Summary Report - As well providing a short debrief report on each session, our facilitators compile an in-depth report summarizing the whole provision. They will use this to assess how well they feel the provision went, how well the young people engaged and any noticeable changes, however slight, they have seen in the attitude and behaviour of the young people.

Statistical Data on Crime & Behaviour – This data is used to measure hard outcomes such as number of incidences involving the young people on our provisions. It is provided by our client groups and is taken from official data sources such as: School Information Management System (SIMS), Police CRB records and Youth Offending Information System (YOIS). It’s used to measure hard outcomes such as absenteeism and attendance, punctuality, abusive language, violence, breeching of rules, crime and antisocial behaviour, as well as positive achievements, positive changes in behaviour and compliance.

If you wish to find out more about our evaluation or receive any of our reports then please contact James McGregor on 07950 166 926 or email evaluation@foundation4life.co.uk

Testimonials

Foundation 4 Life’s consultants have worked with over 100 different clients over the last 3 years. YOTS, schools, PRU’s, Youth Inclusion Programmes and Community Projects. All their sessions, bar-none, have had positive feedback.

Marcus Kudliskis - a Safer Schools Police Officer

"I'm Marcus Kudliskis, a Safer Schools Police Officer based in Peckham, Southwark and South East London.

I've been working in partnership with secondary schools for the past five years and since October 2007 I have had the pleasure to work with Denzle Howell and his colleagues from Foundation4Life. 

After watching Denzle's first presentation and workshop I was extremely impressed and it was clear that Denzle was committed to delivering focused, quality and effective workshops. 

Throughout his time at the Academy he has gained great respect from the students. On some occasions, students have approached him and confided about their issues and concerns. Examples include bullying, fighting, gang related issues and domestic violence, to name but a few, which he has managed to assist and/or resolve. On occasions, Denzle has bridged the gap between the police and students, diffusing potentially volatile situations without any further repercussions. 

Denzle and his colleagues have attended a police-led citizenship day at the Academy, where he worked in partnership with Operation Trident, Operation Blunt, Drugs Action Team and personal safety instructors in delivering numerous workshops to 160 students.

Denzle and his colleagues have been excellent role models, and great assets to the students of Harris Girls Academy.

I would like to say that it has been a great honour to work alongside Foundation4Life, and I really hope this partnership will thrive in years to come."
Dec 2008

Harjinder Bhamra, Brooklands College

"The testimonials from the inmates and the reality of life in the prison have had some impact on changing the attitudes and behaviour of the young people. The message to the young people is first hand and from those who have experienced the consequences of bad attitudes: 'cannot happen to me', 'I know what is best for me', 'they can’t touch me' etc, but the reality is very different. The young people have requested more sessions – why?

"Because even if they do not 'admit it (wearing masks)', they want help but do not want to be laughed at by others – peer pressure."
Dec 2008

Deborah Simpson, YOS Senior Practitioner, Darlington YOS

“Hi guy's, it's Debs from Darlington YOS,
Hope you are both fit, well over there and working hard. I just wanted to give you some feedback from the knife workshop. There is one particular young person who has made some life changing decisions since the work shop. The Supervision Officer reported to me that the work shop had a significant impact to this particular young person and has taken steps to change his lifestyle so prison is not something that could happen. This is such a fantastic achievement, thank you guys so much.”
April 2007

Anna McClennon, Senior YOT Practitioner, Newham Youth Offending Team

“Yesterday, I went to observe the 'Can Do Programme' run by Gifford Sutherland.  I wanted to say how impressed I was with the group. Gifford was fantastic with the young people and had them absolutely spell-bound through the poignant session. I have had 2 young people who have now completed the group and they gave such glowing reports that I was very interested to observe the group myself. I can see why they enjoyed it so much. Gifford was honest and inspiring whilst engaging the young people in an entertaining session. I was thoroughly impressed.”
March 2007

Janet Ovens, Youth Worker, Dartford Alternative Curriculum Programme

“Dartford Alternative Curriculum programme is aimed at young people who have been excluded from mainstream schools – years 10 and year 11. A majority of young people have been placed with us due to their learning and behavioural problems. Denzel came down to us to talk to the young people about his experiences of crime and prison. 

He delivered an excellent session. The young people were absorbed straight from the start. He set boundaries with the young people and involved them from the start. His presentation was hard hitting and realistic. It did not come over as a scare tactic because he kept emphasizing that this was real life and with every action there is always a consequence.

The young people sat and listened for over two hours. Denzel kept the young people’s interest. Often when we do sessions with the young people we are lucky if we can keep them going for 20 minutes. However, the young people sat down and took part and listened for the entire workshop and still left them wanting more.
I cannot stress enough how good he was with the young people.”  
February 2007

George Turner, Senior Advocate, YAP UK

“From the 02/04/07 to the 05/04/07 the young people on the Wandsworth Intensive Support and Surveillance Programme (ISSP) engaged in an ‘I Can’ programme of workshops delivered by Foundation 4 Life Consultancy. 
The group of young people was made up of ten persistent young offenders.  These young people are normally classed as a hard to engage group. Having said this, these young people generally have good relationships with their advocates who usually work with them on a one to one basis. However, they can be obstructive in groups, and on a one to one basis. Other agencies have also struggled to engage them. Yet Foundation 4 Life’s facilitators managed to engage the group very positively for three hours at a time. The facilitators not only gave out constructive information regarding offending behaviour, but also got the young people themselves to act in a positive and constructive manner.

The young people also actually enjoyed the sessions and have requested to have some more sessions in the future. When I asked them for feedback they said that the reason they feel they benefited from the programme was partly due to the fact that it was relevant to them and their situations. But more importantly they appreciated the fact that it was delivered by people from similar backgrounds to themselves and experienced the criminal justice system first hand. Almost all of the young people used the word ‘real’ to describe the facilitators. They felt that the message being sent was better received because it was sent by people who are more on their ‘level’ and ‘know where they are coming from.' ”
April 2007

Linda Melham, Youth Development Worker - Schools/Borough

"Gifford Sutherland has been facilitating behaviour workshops with me at a number of schools in Surrey as part of Surrey Council Councils Community Services Programme. Gifford has played a key role in developing these workshops within the schools and has developed very positive relationships with young people, to the extent that within a relatively short time frame many of them are beginning to change their behaviour and attitudes.”
 March 2007

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