In 2011 we entered into a formal partnership with Edith Cowan University Child Health Promotion Research Centre to build robust evaluation processes into our school-based programs. Since 2012, CCCSF has routinely measured the changes in knowledge, attitude and behavioural intent that occur for students who take part in our performances, workshops and most recently our full-term intensive programs.
In recent evaluations conducted with 1,467 upper primary students from 15 different WA schools on a range of different crime prevention and safety performance topics, it was found that students improved their knowledge of the topic by 8% on average, their attitude towards the issue by 13%, and their stated intent to behave by 5%.
In evaluations of performance workshops undertaken with secondary school students, knowledge improved by 6% on average, attitude by 8% and intent to behave by 7%. For CCCSF full-term 10-week intensive programs operating since mid-2014, early evaluation from ECU studies data indicate that significant attitudinal and behavioural improvements were achieved for students taking part.
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation uses a best-practice theatre-in-education approach to ensure real-world changes result for the students who take part in our programs. Utilising the internationally-researched Theatre of the Oppressed and Forum Theatre participative approaches, we empower students to identify practical solutions to issues they face through performance scenarios that they use to explore and trial responses, strategies and solutions. Over 40 years of worldwide research and evaluation into this best-practice approach demonstrates that students experience real behaviour change as a result of being engaged in this program.