What are the changes? How influential is the Farm in these changes? Are these changes sustained? And what else do they effect?
After 6 months of diligent research, a Social Return on Investment report for Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm (TCF) was launched on 6th August 2015.
Social Ventures Australia (www.socialventures.com.au) conducted the analysis involving students at TCF from 2009-2013.
It consulted extensively with young people themselves, their families as well as community and government stakeholders.
SVA looked at what changed, impacts of those changes, whether those changes were attributable to the Farm's program. It then ascribed a 'value' to the change created by the Farm.
The main conclusion from the research was that it validated and objectively proved that the programs indeed do 'work.' The changes people go through are real, lasting, and valuable.
The SROI report found that for every $1 invested into TCF, approximately $3 of value was created; for young people, their families, government and the wider Alcohol-and-other-drug sector.
This generated value includes significant improvements to the health and wellbeing of young people, and $12.4m in government savings from reduced costs to health, homelessness and juvenile justice services.
The research highlighted certain areas of the program (for example Aftercare support) that were particularly important in enabling sustained change.
This research will allow the program to be further refined, improved and increasingly effective.
The report builds a strong evidence base for Triple Care Farm’s effectiveness.
As well as saving the lives of hundreds of young Australians per year and offering integrated solutions to tackle the ice epidemic, the program generates positive social and economic benefits that are enjoyed by society as a whole.
You can read teh summary of the report here: