What is Reversing the Trend?
Reversing the Trend is a joint project involving six voluntary youth work organisations, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland’s Partnership Drugs Initiative and Evaluation Support Scotland.
Reversing the Trend is about the role the youth sector plays in preventing problem substance use by young people. The purpose was to offer an insight into what outcomes can be achieved by providing preventative approaches from universal help through to more specialist support for young people – and how to evaluate them. We are focused on substance use but we are aware youth work also contributes to other cross-cutting issues facing young people.
This on-line guide contains
• A logic model explaining the activities and outcomes from youth organisations and links to both ADP outcomes around substance use and national outcomes.
• A short discussion of the formal evidence which backs up this picture
• Discussion of the ways youth workers can evaluate their outcomes
• Case studies – with example methods including individual logic models
• More example methods used by the 6 organisations involved (but not a comprehensive set, therefore it’s not really a toolkit)
The guide is designed to support and help managers developing services, practitioners, policy makers, funders and commissioners.
The Reversing the trend web tool.pdf is an on-line resource - you can click on any part of the contents page to take you to the relevant section.
As Reversing the Trend is aimed at different people we have developed a tailored approach to the areas, and will be putting these on-line in the near future along with a two page summary of this work.