EPF is very blessed to have a research partnership with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. This partnership will result in the production of an Impact Evaluation due in 2018. A mid-term report due in November 2016 will provide our best evidence thus far. In the meantime, here are some findings.
Evidence from implementation of schools projects in the National Capital District (NCD), PNG
Project surveys evidence
Evidence from our PNG operations are found below.
After the program;
84% of students said that boys and girls played together
75% of students said there was less violence
87% of students wanted to become agents of change in their country and community
Most Significant Change (MSC) evidence
A thorough analysis of the Most Significant Change data collected in week 7 of each school project has not yet been completed. But early analysis identifies a number of recurring themes emerging.
Emergent themes are;
Increased positive play between male and female students
Increase in happiness of general student population
Decrease in reported incidences of bullying
Reduction of incidences of sexual assault (inappropriate touching)
Other reported effects
Schools have reported improved relationships between male and female students in the lower grades following project implementation;
Student participants had improved grades following the project;
The Family Support Centre and the 1-Tok Kaunselim Line reported increased calls and visits, including from EPF4S participants, either alone or accompanying their mothers to get support.