From 2012-16, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services appointed HOI to undertake the Evaluation of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, also referred to as the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project. The objective of the evaluation was to evaluate the HEY program model, both the individual programs within it, and of the larger project of improving and extending the range of same-sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD)-related support services, linkages and referral pathways for mainstream youth services.
Key consultancy activities included:
- Development of an evaluation framework informed by a literature scan, document review and initial stakeholder consultations. This included the development of data collection tools – in particular a Youth Survey.
- Formative evaluation (including qualitative and quantitative data analysis derived from stakeholder consultations and partnership analysis survey).
- Summative evaluation (including reporting on ongoing data collection, case studies and key stakeholder interviews).
- HOI reported annually with regard to data analysis undertaken and 6 monthly with regard to the progress made by each partnering site.
A Final Evaluation Report was delivered to the Department in early 2016 and accepted.