Assessment 2: Critically evaluating wellbeing and
resilience initiatives (30%)
Assessment 2 due: Thursday 27 August 2020, 5pm (AEST)
For Assessment 2, you will choose two of the initiatives curated in
Assessment 1 and then you will identify and critically evaluate the elements of
these two initiatives. Assessment 2 has two parts.
1. For two of the initiatives from Assessment 1, list
the program elements (e.g. free classes in mindfulness, mentoring by local
business owners, a community garden)
2. For each of these program elements, identify their
intended wellbeing/resilience outcomes (e.g. social connectedness, social
inclusion, physical health, mental health, reducing carbon emissions, zero
1. For each program element, identify and summarise the
research support for the efficacy/outcomes of this activity. Use quality
peer-reviewed theoretical and/or empirical journal articles for this part of
2. Critique and discuss any relevant shortcomings of
the initiatives. You might use peer-reviewed literature here, or also grey
literature (i.e. industry/government/NGO reports such as a program evaluation
or annual report).
3. Suggest any improvements/additions/modifications
that could be made to the two initiatives so that they better meet their
identifying program elements and intended outcomes
Cafe 88 is a not-for profit restaurant for people on low incomes and for
people that had mental health issues that often led to social isolation. Below
is a list of some of the specific features set up in the initiative, with the
aim of generating wellbeing elements.
Specific features in the initiative
Target wellbeing outcomes
Very long 'community tables’.
Social connectedness; fun.
Cheap (at cost) healthy food.
Healthy eating; lowering economic stress (low cost).
Volunteering: Non-team members that volunteered to work at the
restaurant were welcomed and included in the team.
Giving; belonging; inclusion; achievement and engagement -
factors that team members
involved in the project also
Attractive rear garden with tables and chairs.
Green space immersion; stress-reduction.
Castlemaine Community House (CCH)
Social connectedness.The CCH has a permaculture
gardenthat is open daily. Locals regularly congregate there to tend the garden,
have coffee/socialise. Many of the attendees are senior citizens, and/or folk
that are unemployed; two groups known to be at increased risk of social
Life-long learning/brain stimulation.The CCH runs regular courses at the garden; e.g., pruning fruit trees;
permaculture design certificates; urban vegetable gardening.
Green space immersion.The
garden provides an informal and relaxing greenspace environment that people can
access during the day, 7 days a week.
Healthy eating. Organic, locally
Economic wellbeing.Cost of living reduction via
organic food with no ‘food miles’.
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