How do we evaluate WAGS to see if it's working?
Every term, WAGS evaluates itself by seeking structured and unstructured feedback from:
- Young people who participate in WAGS
- Teachers who refer young people to WAGS
- School (and other organisations') leadership teams whose students participate in WAGS
In addition to feedback, WAGS also gathers data that compares the positive/negative behaviour patterns of students who participate in WAGS with similar students from schools who do not currently participate in WAGS. This information can tell us about the likely improvement WAGS is able to make to the life outcomes for the young people involved in its programs.
Finally, WAGS gathers attendance data that can tell us:
- How many students who are referred to WAGS attend, and how often (engagement rate)
- Whether students who were referred to WAGS for poor school attendance have improved their overall school attendance rate