Assessment 2: Critically evaluating wellbeing and resilience initiatives (30%)
Assessment 2 due: Monday 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 waste)
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 your assessment.
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 proposed outcomes.
Examples of 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 experienced.
Attractive rear garden with tables and chairs. Green space immersion; stress-reduction.
Castlemaine Community House (CCH)
Social connectedness. The CCH has a permaculture garden that 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 isolation.
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 grown food.
Economic wellbeing. Cost of living reduction via organic food with no ‘food miles’.
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