Research, Ongoing Evaluation and Program Development are very important aspects of the Good Grief’s work. All programs are evaluated. They are evaluated formatively - by Companions as they complete a program with a group, and by program participants. Data is collected and collated and fed into an ongoing development process.
In addition, regular formal program evaluation occurs though various agencies. The Children and Young People’s program has been evaluated by the University of Melbourne in 2005, South Australian Department of Human Services in 2004, and the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging in 1999. The Adult program was evaluated by the University of Queensland in 2008 and Carers NSW in 2004. A summary of these evaluations is under “past evaluations” opposite.
In 2010 Good Grief partnered with the Centre for Children and Young People to conduct an evaluation of the Seasons for Growth program.This research was conducted across 334 children in 57 SfG groups spread nationally throughout Australia and internationally in Scotland and New Zealand. This research project was significant as the Centre for Children and Young People have developed specific research methodologies, including pre and post data gathering processes. These process can be used by Good Grief in an ongoing evaluation system. This report can be accessed opposite.
The Centre for Children and Young People have been successful in gaining an ARC research grant to which Good Grief is a party to conduct further research in the near future. Good Grief is very pleased and excited about this development.