Awards and Recognition

Another way of measuring success is to look at impact in sharing the story of the work being done. Train for Trades has been recognized as a successful program/best practice numerous times including:

You can’t get a better opportunity for youth.” — Dylan, age 22, Tier 3 participant

Homeless Hub Thoughts:

It is important to be able to prove the success of a project in order to access grants and government funding. With a social enterprise, the method of evaluation may be different than in typical youth programs because the outcomes include both the work itself and the progress the youth have made. Your program will fail if you only have good outcomes in one area and not the other.

Much of this work can be measured simply – did this happen or did it not happen?

  • How many youth started and finished the program?
  • How many youth attended X workshop? X training class?
  • How many youth received their GED?
  • How many youth were accepted to post-secondary education or full-time employment?

However, it is advisable to develop a formal case management system to record the progress of youth though the program. Having a formal follow-up system in place with regular check-in points (i.e. six months after completion, a year after completion) would be useful for measuring long-term success of the intervention. Pre and post skills-based assessment surveys would also be useful to measure progress. While T4T has an in-depth application and interview process that can be used to establish a baseline for the youth they do not have a formal case management system nor do they complete post-training assessments. As discussed in the evaluation section, these can be extremely valuable.