All proposed research and service or program evaluation projects within or involving VincentCare Victoria must be approved by the Executive Manager, Social Policy and Research. This includes projects that are seeking data, are seeking VincentCare Victoria’s assistance to recruit clients or staff into studies or would like to use VincentCare programs as comparisons with other programs for comparative evaluation purposes.
The Social Policy and Research Unit will also provide feedback, consultative input and may also oversee any internal evaluation projects. All final reports will be approved by the Executive Manager, Social Policy and Research and sign-off by the CEO.
The Social Policy and Research Unit also aims to ensure that our interests are protected and both research and evaluation are properly conducted for any projects in which we are involved evaluation.
For further general information please read VincentCare Victoria’s Research and Evaluation Framework.
Both internal and external applicants will be required to complete VincentCare’s Research and Evaluation Projects Application and Approval Template.
Evening Meals Program Evaluation
Two Evening Meals Program Evaluations have been undertaken to understand the impacts of the Wednesday Evening Meals Programs that have been run at at Ozanam Community Centre from May 2011 to February 2013. We have been able to report with confidence to the US funding body, Caterpillar Foundation (brokered through Give2Asia) about the meals program and the related health, safety, social inclusion and service engagement impacts for our clients. Through both evaluations we have also gained a better understanding of our clients who use the Ozanam Community Centre Drop-in program and the ways which people use this type of program.
Through the 2011-2012 evaluation we learned that there are three overall outcome areas that the Evening Meals Program is well placed to support our clients to achieve. These are Health and Safety, Identity and Social Inclusion and are derived from the impact measures used by Toronto Drop In Network (TDIN)
In the 2012-2013 evaluation we also considered the relative value of the Breakfast program in order to feed into decision making about potentially shifting the Wednesday operation of the client drop in program at OCC to a later window. We additionally took a closer look at the Client Volunteer Program (CVP) and benefits of EMP for our client volunteers.