Program Evaluation of a School-administered Youth Facility for Children in Conflict With the Law


Rehabilitation facilities for children in conflict with the law are usually administered by government and non-government agencies. In the Philippines, a private school has pioneered the establishment of a free transformational youth facility under its mission and development program. This study aimed to evaluate their formation program using the objectives-based approach. Survey respondents consisted of 33 program graduates and 18 implementers who evaluated the status of achievement, levels of challenge and sustainability of the program’s objectives, projects and activities. Frequencies, means and standard deviations were utilized for descriptive data, while t-test for independent samples was used for inferential data analysis. In-depth and key informant interviews were conducted and analyzed through Creswell’s data analysis procedures. Frequencies were used to rank the qualitative responses. Results showed that its over-all status of achievement is excellent among graduates (M=4.52, SD=.46) and implementers (M=4.53, SD=.39) and highly sustainable among graduates (M=4.28, SD=.60) and implementers (M=4.27, SD=.69). However, its over-all level of challenge revealed that it is somewhat challenging among graduates (M=1.88, SD=.93) and challenging among implementers (M=3.07, SD=1.31). Significant differences were found in the level of challenge between the implementers and graduates, t(26.474)=3.416, p=0.002. Identified best practices include: value formation and discipline, spiritual formation and religious activities, education, and psychological and counseling support. Conversely, sports and recreation, partnership and linkages, livelihood skills training and rule implementation are areas that need improvement. Evaluation of the school-administered youth facility’s formation program generally yielded positive results providing empirical support to its program accomplishments.

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Liberty Ochavo, University of St. La Salle, Philippines

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Conference: ACP2022
Stream: Community Development

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