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:
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.
The evaluation highlighted that the Coaching for Life service provides a flexible and consistent model of service delivery not previously experienced by this group of young people. Data from the focus groups and the online questionnaire indicates that the service is responsive to young people’s need, as well as that of local communities.
This evaluation has found the Coaching for Life service to have a positive impact for care experienced young people who have previously disengaged from other services. The evaluation has offered insight and discussion around the current model of service delivery in relation to existing literature, with implications for practice and future models of service delivery highlighted throughout.