Evaluations

Coming here was a challenge for me, to leave everything back home and just be here, with the physical challenges, to be a leader with other leaders, to communicate, to share, to trust, to listen, and all of these things have been amazing. Because I’ve learned how to communicate, and I’ve learned to listen, I’ve learned to trust, I’ve learned to share, and I took a great lesson from each and every single person here.

– Participant in the 2009 Young Social Entrepreneurs Program, Israel and West Bank, Outward Bound Center for Peacebulding

Learning is a critical value of Outward Bound Peacebuilding. Program evaluation is critical for learning how to improve our programs and achieve our organizational and program goals. Participant questionnaires and interview protocol have been developed in consultation with our partner organizations and experts in the field. The evaluation process includes a baseline evaluation, a monitoring evaluation conducted one month after the core expedition experience and after each retreat, and continuing assessments one and two years after program delivery. The evaluation results are analyzed and reported by an independent consultant after the one year evaluation is conducted.

The goals of the evaluation process are to:

  • Identify and assess short- and long-term program goals.
  • Establish measurable outputs, outcomes and impacts.
  • Improve peacebuilding programs for greater efficacy and impact.
  • Contribute to experiential approaches to evaluation of peacebuilding programs.
  • Share experiences with other organizations and actors involved in peacebuilding initiatives.
  • Share best practices amongst Outward Bound centers.
  • Share experiences with other organizations, institutions and individual actors involved in peacebuilding initiatives.
  • Establish experiential education as a proven methodology to be applied to conflict mitigation and management, reconciliation and peacebuilding.

Evaluations from other Outward Bound Schools and Centers

 

Key Results: Social Import Report

Improved personal and emotional well-being
Young people become more resilient and optimistic, and their emotional health and self-esteem improves. 93% of teachers agree that Outward Bound influences their pupils’ personal development, in particular their confidence and self-esteem.

Improved social well-being
The quality of young people’s relationships improves, in particular with their friends, family and teachers. 93% of teachers observe better relationships between pupils on return to school.

Improved connection with the natural environment
Young people’s knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the natural environment improve. 72% of teachers observe improved awareness of the natural environment in their pupils on return to school.

Improved enthusiasm and confidence in learning
Their attitude towards learning improves, and they become more confident, capable learners in the classroom. 60% of teachers observe an improvement in their pupils’ performance in the classroom on return to school.

Full report can be found here.

2009 Palestinian – Israeli Young Social Entrepreneurs Program


 

Please find below the Outcomes and Results document from the independent analysis conducted for the 2009 Palestinian – Israeli Young Social Entrepreneurs Program.

2009 Palestinian – Israeli Young Social Entrepreneurs Program – Part One

2009 Palestinian – Israeli Young Social Entrepreneurs Program – Part Two