A report prepared by CESE for the Australian Government Department of Education examining the efficacy of the various proxy measures of limited English language proficiency of the EAL/D students.
Download the LBOTE report (PDF, 500kB).
Authors: Melanie Randle and Duncan Rintoul
Evaluator Company/Business: University of Wollongong
URL or PDF: Download the Evaluation of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2012-13, Bathurst grows final report (PDF, 610kB).
Summary: This study is a formative evaluation to describe the ways that the program was being implemented, the main enabling and limiting factors and to assess outcomes in order to improve the design and planning of future volunteering and related activities. Drawing on program documentation and in-depth interviews, the study found that two-thirds of the 25 initial referrals were matched with a volunteering opportunity. Just over half the participants undertook the work experience, volunteering a total of 832 hours at the one organisation. The evaluation findings suggest that small scale programs like Bathurst Grows represent 'proof of concept' where positive outcomes can be achieved with minimal cost.
CESE has developed a new measure of school socio-economic status, the Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI), to accurately identify levels of socio-economic disadvantage. Getting the funding right (PDF, 1MB) outlines what FOEI is, how it assesses disadvantage and makes comparisons with other related measures.
You can also read the accompanying report Methodological Advice on Family Occupation and Education Index.