Dream A Dream
Retrospective evaluation examining the impact of a life skills program on ‘Quality of Life’ outcomes among adolescents.
Dream A Dream
- 232 youth respondents, divided into study group and comparative groups
- Mean scores on quality of life indicators were higher for all study group respondents
- School environment is a key influencer for quality of life outcomes
Tracing the impact of a life skills program on the quality of life of adolescents
The After School Life Skills Program (ASLSP) instils life skills among vulnerable children through the medium of sports. The evaluation study aimed to build quantifiable evidence of the long-term impact of the life skill training on life outcomes of young people, measured in terms of their perceived Quality of Life (QOL). It was based on a quasi-experimental approach, drawing on a balanced sample with matched pairs of study and control group participants, to assess the difference in their perceived QoL. The study applied the internationally recognised WHOQOL-100 questionnaire and an internally developed ‘Prepared for Life’ tool. The study was conducted in urban Bangalore with alumni between the ages of 18 to 22 years, who had participated in the program at least four years ago.
01. WHOQOL-100, a cross-cultural instrument developed for the assessment of QOL across different targetgroup
02. Prepared for Life (PFL) questionnaire – measures a young person’s confidence and optimism about being able to obtain positive life outcome
An extensive literature review was first undertaken to identify appropriate standardised tools to assess quality of life outcomes. As no baseline was available and random sampling was not feasible, convenience sampling with a one to one matched comparison group was opted for. Evaluation design aimed to establish correlations between improvement in life skills of adolescents by their engagement in sports programs and between the concepts of life skills, positive life outcomes and quality of life. Mobile data collection was used for the study to engage students with the research.