Evaluation Reports

Evaluation Reports - Child Protection, Youth, Family and Community Services

Early Learning is Fun Evaluation 2012-2014

Berry Street Early Learning is Fun (ELF) Play and Learn Groups are a model of intensive supported playgroup for vulnerable parents with children aged 0-3 years from specific communities where vulnerability is related either to their refugee background status or to their socio-geographic status. The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the program over two years. Both the full report and a summary report of this evaluation are available.

Download the Summary Report ( 572 KB, PDF )
Download the Full Report ( 699 KB, PDF )

Berry Street Outcomes Framework

The Australian Centre for Child Protection was contracted to develop, in consultation with staff from Berry Street, an organisational outcomes framework that would bring together all of Berry Street’s programs and activities under one coherent conceptual frame that clearly articulates with Berry Street’s strategic vision.

Download Berry Street Outcomes Framework ( 1,362 KB, PDF )

Berry Street Stand By Me Program - Interim Evaluation Report

Stand By Me is an innovative Berry Street program being piloted in the Northern Region of Melbourne. It provides an intensive generalist case work support service that targets young people leaving the care system to better support a successful transition to independent adult living. Berry Street has commissioned Monash University to undertake a formative and impact evaluation of the Stand By Me pilot, and this is the interim report of the evaluation thus far.

Download Berry Street Stand By Me Program - Interim Evaluation Report ( 1,220 KB, PDF )

Berry Street Kinship Care Program Review - Summary of Key Themes & Recommendations

As two key providers of kinship care in both metropolitan and rural regions, Berry Street and Anglicare Victoria jointly commissioned Thomson Goodall Associates, independent consultants, to undertake a formative review of their four Kinship Care services. The purpose of the review was to:

  • Evaluate the implementation process for the Kinship Care services within Berry Street and Anglicare Victoria;
  • Evaluate the impact for children and carers of the shift from DHS to CSO contracted case management of the Kinship Care program;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and sufficiency of the funded kinship care model;
  • Make recommendations as to ways in which the kinship care model and services could be improved within the two agencies and sector-wide in Victoria.

This paper summarises the key themes and recommendations emerging out of the consultants’ review that Berry Street considers to be of interest and relevance to other key stakeholders including DHS and the sector.

Download Berry Street Kinship Care Program Review ( 115 KB, PDF )

Fostering with pride: two Australian community organisations’ experiences in recruiting and retaining Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) foster carers

The number of children and young people entering out-of-home care is increasing at an alarming rate. However, there has been no corresponding increase in the number of foster carers. Retention of existing carers is also becoming more challenging as the carer population ages, foster children have increasingly complex needs, and the financial compensation, training and support for foster carers remains inadequate.

As the need for new foster carers becomes urgent, foster care organisations are increasingly looking to previously untapped sources of foster carers. Two of Australia’s oldest and largest child and family welfare organisations, The Benevolent Society and Berry Street, both openly and actively recruit foster carers – couples and singles - from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities in New South Wales and Victoria.

Being ‘out’ about targeted recruitment of LGBTI foster carers is far from the norm, however, within Australian foster care agencies. While many agencies accept applications from prospective LGBTI carers, very few actively and explicitly recruit from this group.

Berry Street and The Benevolent Society partnered this year to undertake a project to:

  • understand the journey each organisation underwent in making the transition to open targeted recruitment of LGBTI foster carers;
  • describe and understand each organisation’s recruitment campaign and the effectiveness of their marketing strategies; and
  • understand what barriers LGBTI foster carers anticipated, or actually experienced as carers, and what supports they valued and experienced.

Download Fostering with Pride Snapshot ( 1,714 KB, PDF )

Evaluation of the CARTWHEELS Cathedral Ranges Project (March 2012)

The CARTWHEELS program was developed in response to the devastating fires of 2009. Berry Street, with the support of the Royal Children’s Hospital, worked collaboratively with seven schools across the Cathedral Cluster to assist the school communities in their recovery efforts. Through the program, students were enabled to explore issues associated with their emotional wellbeing using the performing and visual arts.

This project was given the name of ‘CARTWHEELS – The Festival for Healthy Living in the Cathedral Ranges’ or CARTWHEELS for short. The acronym stands for: Connecting Community, Art, Resilience, Tribes, Wellbeing, Health, Empathy and Engagement, Education, Learning and Schools.

Introductory letter to the CARTWHEELS Evaluation ( 311 KB, PDF )
Download evaluation report ( 1,171 KB, PDF )

Take Two Evaluation Reports

Take Two is a developmental therapeutic program for children who have experienced severe abuse and neglect and who are clients of Child Protection. Take Two is a partnership between Berry Street, La Trobe University School of Social Work and Social Policy, Mindful and VACCA.

Third Evaluation Report
Frederico, M., Jackson, A. & Black, C. (2010) More than Words – The Language of Relationships: Take Two – Third Evaluation Report. School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
This is the third in a series of three evaluation reports on the Take Two program. It continues on from the previous reports in describing the Take Two program’s development for the first five years and analysing data relating to the children and their important relationships from 2004 to June 2007. It reports on promising findings arising from analysis of outcome measures and discusses implications for future program development and research.

Download third Take Two evaluation report ( 2,572 KB, PDF )

Second Evaluation Report
Frederico, M., Jackson, A. & Black, C. (2006). "Give Sorrow Words" - A Launguage for Healing, Take Two - Second Evaluation Report 2004 - 2005, School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.

This second evaluation report describes the program, client group and interventions over the first two years of operation (2004-2005). This report includes preliminary outcomes data, feedback from children, parents, carers, teachers and other workers and a summary of the findings.

Download second Take Two evaluation report ( 2,536 KB, PDF )

First Evaluation Report

Report focus is on the inaugural year of operation, 2004.

Download first Take Two evaluation report ( 1,255 KB, PDF )

Positive Memory Bank

The Positive Memory Bank offers funding to children and young people in Berry Street programs and services to enable them to access opportunities that build their own bank of positive memories. This evaluation report outlines the pilot project undertaken in 2009/2010. It offers recommendations for improvements and showcases some of the outcomes of the pilot project.

The Positive Memory Bank is now a Berry Street program. To hear more about the Positive Memory Bank and how you can support the initiative, please go to
Make a Child Smile Today.

Download report ( 1,151 KB, PDF )

Hume Annual Foster Care Camp - Evaluation Report (July 2009)

The Foster Care Camp has become an important annual event for many children in the care of foster families in Berry Street's Hume Region. The evaluation report highlights how the camp contributes to the development of positive memories and long lasting friendships between young people, carers, staff and volunteers.

Download Executive Summary ( 818 KB, PDF )
Download full report ( 695 KB, PDF )

Berry Street Carer Survey 2008 - Summary Report

In 2008 Berry Street conducted a survey of all its home based carers across Victoria inviting carers to anonymously share their opinions, experiences and needs. This report summarises the responses and recommendations on how to best address issues raised.

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Family Adolescent Support Team (FAST) Review (2008)

The FAST program was established by Berry Street and funded in 2006 by Disability Client Services (DCS) of the Department of Human Services Southern Metropolitan Region (DHS SMR). In 2008 evaluation consultants undertook an independent review and provided a report on the program and its particular strengths, approaches and challenges.

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Reaching More Kids

Evaluation Reports 1 & 2

Reaching More Kids, (an early intervention service delivered in Gippsland), assists young people to feel attached and secure within community and school settings through comprehensive mentoring. The evaluation reports, drawing heavily on feedback from participants, examined the progress of Reaching More Kids including contributing factors to its success.

Download second report ( 572 KB, PDF )
Download first report ( 1,382 KB, PDF )

Berry Street Hume Kinship Care Program - Evaluation Report (2008)

Evaluation included interviewing Kinship carers, analysing client files, talking to carers' support workers and communicating with the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Hume Region as the funding provider. The report makes a number of recommendations to Berry Street regarding the findings in the light of contemporary knowledge and research.

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Therapeutic Foster Care: Integrating mental health and child welfare to provide care for traumatised children

McClung, L. Berry Street. Melbourne (2007)

This literature review provides an overview of therapeutic care which aims to integrate mental health and child welfare theory, research and practice. Several national and international therapeutic care programs are discussed with a particular reference to the training required to support such models. A potential therapeutic foster care model based on a trauma and attachment focus is outlined alongside useful references for the reader.

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Road 2 Safety - Evaluation Report

The "Road-2-Safety" Project was piloted in Morwell in 2006 and provided nine disadvantaged young people aged 16.8 - 18 years with an opportunity to learn about road safety and obtain their Learner, and in some cases Probationary, Drivers Licence. 2006.

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Darwin Experience - Evaluation Report (2007)

An evaluation of the trip of a lifetime to the Northern Territory - this report illustrates the importance of positive memory building experiences in the lives of young people in Out of Home Care.

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Intensive Case Management Services (ICMS - Review)

A comprehensive review of Berry Street ICMS programs - providing specialist intensive case management support to some of Victoria's most vulnerable and challenging young people.

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