Quarriers Coaching for Life : an Independent Evaluation

Plunkett, Charlene and Fowler, Nadine (2019) Quarriers Coaching for Life : an Independent Evaluation. CELCIS, Glasgow.

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    Abstract

    Quarriers Coaching for Life service requested that CELCIS carry out an independent evaluation of the Coaching for Life project. We used a mixed-methods, realistic approach drawing on a wide range of perspectives and information. We captured the views from young people who had received the service, Lifecoaches and other workers who had knowledge of, or were involved with, the service. We gathered this information through an online survey and focus group activities. We also asked young people to complete a questionnaire at two time points: when they first met with their Lifecoach, and when they felt they were ready to finish working with the service. The data were collected and analysed deductively, using thematic analysis to answer four broad research questions: 1. What is the Coaching for life model? 2. What is the Coaching for Life experience? 3. What are the Coaching for Life service outcomes? 4. What is the key learning from the Coaching for Life Initiative? Although the data from all sources was analysed and organised into four broad themes based on the research questions, a fifth central theme emerged relating to Young People’s Needs. This theme seemed to interlink the Coaching for Life service’s model, experience and outcomes.