Advance in Action

Manor Lakes P-12

Advance stats and facts

The latest Advance statistics and facts sheet derived from end of year reports received from Victorian Government secondary schools participating in Advance is available on the Advance On-Line Forum.

Advance schools

A full list of the schools participating in the Advance program is available on this site.

Advance project profiles

Advance students and teachers share their school’s achievements every year through Advance Project Profiles.

These stories, many written by students themselves, give a unique insight into the experiences, partnerships and the impact of Advance programs on participants’ lives.

Read a sample of fantastic Project Profiles based on the Advance On-line Forum.

2004–07 Advance evaluation

The Department of Human Services contracted Victoria University to undertake the evaluation of the Advance program 2004-07 to review and report on the delivery, outputs, outcomes and good practice learning’s of the program.

The overall program evaluation findings can be accessed by viewing the Advance Program Achievements and Evaluation Summary 2004-07. The findings include:

  • significant growth in the number of young people, community agencies and schools in the program from 2004-07
  • improvements in some young people’s engagement in school and educational pathways through the experiential learning Advance provides
  • young people developing skills through learning activities that are challenging, fun and age appropriate
  • positive, respectful relationships formed between young people, supportive adults and the broader community whilst working together to contribute to their communities
  • increase in community recognition and celebration of the positive benefits of the program
  • increase in community organisations capacity to support young people’s engagement and participation
  • development of supportive, flexible and responsive local partnerships.

The evaluation also provided an opportunity to reflect on key factors that make Advance successful and to develop Best Practice Principles to improve future program delivery.

2009 Advance Survey

To further validate the 2004-07 evaluation findings, the department invited young people, teachers and community organisations involved in Advance in 2008 to participate in pre and post program surveys to assess how the program contributes to young people’s personal development, skill development and community engagement.

A further representative state-wide survey that included 10 per cent of schools, 5 per cent of young people, 8 per cent of teachers and 1 per cent of community organisations that participated in Advance in 2009 was administered by the department.

The 2009 survey findings build on the findings of the 2008 survey, with young people reporting that they highly valued the opportunity presented by Advance to contribute to their personal development, skill development and community engagement. The reported outcomes for 2009 include:

  • improved ability to take on new and challenging activities (80%)
  • increased confidence in making decisions to solve problems (69%)
  • improvement in overall school performance (50%)
  • opportunities to work in teams with other people (77%)
  • young people’s intention to continue their involvement with their community partner post program (63%).

Of key interest are the findings that self-confidence, self-esteem and confidence in speaking to people they don't know, improved a further 10 per cent in the 2009 cohort, while an additional 20 per cent of young people (75.5% up from 60% in 2008) felt their communication skills had improved through their involvement in Advance.

Young people once again reported gaining a better understanding of diversity (related to the needs of others in their local community), the environment and of recreational, sporting and social pursuits.

As in the 2008 survey, the outcomes identified by young people were also validated by the teachers and community organisations that completed the state-wide survey.

Further information about the 2009 survey is available in the Advance Survey 2009 Report.

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