Does it work
Tracking young peoples progress with the Outcomes Star
How do we know whether it is working?
Great Expectations and Aston Project started using the Outcomes Star to track progress with young people engaged with the interventions. All staff have been trained and licensed to use the Outcomes Star.
The ‘Teen Star’ covers a number of aspects of a young person’s life which are supported by an evidence base linked to the health and wellbeing of young people and the linked likelihood to be involved in criminal behaviour.
Young peoples star
Great Expectations started using the Outcomes Star for all new referrals in September 2017 and aim to complete a second star with each young person they mentor within 6 weeks of the first star, and every 3 months thereafter.
So far 17 young people have completed more than one Star, which is demonstrated on the visual.
The green line indicates where the average of the 17 young people were when they first came into contact with Great Expectations and the blue line indicates the average progress made when they were next interviewed.
Each aspect of the young person’s life is measured with them using a scalar of 1 to 5 as follows:
1 – Not safe
2 – Want change
3 – Making changes
4 – Doing alright
5 – Safe & well
Two of the Great Expectations mentors, who were with the project between September and December 2017, also completed stars including the first which was completed retrospectively to represent when they first made contact with Great Expectations, as well as a current star to reflect the progress they have made whilst part of the mentoring team.
Each aspect of the individual’s life is measured with them using a scalar of 1 to 10 as follows:
1 to 2 – Stuck
3 to 4 – Accepting help
5 to 6 – Motivated and taking responsibility
7 to 8 – Learning what works
9 to 10 – Self reliance