Reversing the Trend: How to evaluate the role of voluntary youth work in preventing young people from problem substance use

Published30th May 2014

Reversing the Trend is about the role the youth sector plays in preventing problem substance use by young people. TIts purpose is to offer an insight into what outcomes can be achieved by providing preventative approaches from universal help through to more specialist support for young people ‰ÛÒ and how to evaluate them.


This on-line guide contains:

A logic model explaining the activities and outcomes from youth

organisations and links to both ADP outcomes around substance use and

national outcomes.

A short discussion of the formal evidence which backs up this picture

Discussion of the ways youth workers can evaluate their outcomes

Case studies ‰ÛÒ with example methods including individual logic models

More example methods used by the 6 organisations involved (but not a

comprehensive set, therefore it‰Ûªs not really a toolkit)

The guide is designed to support and help managers developing services, practitioners, policy makers, funders and commissioners.


Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) works with voluntary organisations and funders so that they can measure and report on their impact.

Its aim is to make evaluation valuable, relevant and proportionate. Information about the services it provides are available on the ESS website

Existing Users

  • The Junction
  • DRC Youth Project
  • Midlothian Young People's Advice Service (MYPAS)
  • Oban Youth Cafe
  • North United Communities
  • Liber8

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