CLNM's Peer Evaluation of House Projects started in March this year when they designed their evaluation using the NHP Practice Framework ORCHIDS as their guide. They focused on three of the seven ORCHIDS (community, responsibility and independence) to create an interview guide and survey that would enable young people to understand what is working well in their House Project and what area's they would like to see improved. The findings from their evaluation clearly show the House Project approach is working and young people feel equal partners in shaping their House Projects.
"Community means family to me, where you respect each other"
"We all check on each other and make sure everyone is alright"
"We enjoy the House Project because we've got a bond, we didn't have that at the beginning"
The report identifies a number of recommendations, some for the NHP and some for Local House Projects. CLNM will be working with the NHP over the next 12 months to deliver on some of these recommendations, and in particular to develop a peer mentoring programme.
The Peer Evaluation report was warmly received by the Minister for Education, Nadhim Zahawi in October this year and CLNM are looking forward to sharing their plans with him.
CLNM are extremely proud of their Peer Evaluation and now have a benchmark for understanding how the development of House Projects is progressing. based on young peoples views.