Our impact

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.

 
Before I’ve never respected others and treat them well. I would verbally abuse my classmates and others but when EPF came to our school that is when I began to have respect for others and treat them well. I am not perfect but I am trying to control my anger every day. I want my country to be different in the future. We all need to show respect to everyone around us.
— Student
Equal Playing Field has taught us about our rights as a child. We have the right to say no to all forms of violence that is occurring amongst ourselves and within our families. My grand-parents in the past physically abused my parents as a way of instilling discipline but it has now changed because kids nowadays have rights to protect them.
— Student
I worked with an amazing team. And as a woman in PNG the fight against gender based violence is real and I felt I did my part. And lastly, I have no doubt that the EPF4S program is a great weapon in this fight against domestic violence.
— Volunteer
From my view the biggest change that I have noticed is everyone is seen trying their best in treating others equally.
— Student