Evaluation of the Youth Network, Mission Australia (deadline 30 May 2022) 

Mission Australia
Closing dates: 30 May 2022

Mission Australia, in collaboration with the Sir David Martin Foundation, seeks to engage a skilled and experienced organisation to collaboratively design and deliver a multi-year impact evaluation of the expansion of youth AOD residential Aftercare through the Youth Network initiative.

The Foundation and Mission Australia share the vision of a network of Aftercare workers across Australia for young people who have participated in residential AOD treatment programs. This will help avoid the cycle of addiction and set young people up for success with improved health and wellbeing, engagement in education and employment, housing, community connections and social support networks.

The objectives of Youth Network are to:

  • Expand Aftercare services to support vulnerable young people to live safely back in their community after completing residential AOD treatment programs.
  • Create a network of youth AOD specialists who will share best-practice knowledge, access professional development opportunities and work together to decrease the cycle of addiction and help young people achieve their goals through the provision of Aftercare


Youth Network will be rolled out initially across five existing Mission Australia youth AOD residential programs across Southern Highlands, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Batemans Bay (NSW) and Perth (WA).

The purpose of the evaluation is to examine the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Youth Network. The objectives are to:

  • Assess the expansion and implementation of Aftercare, including the appropriateness of the service design, delivery, and local adaptations to meet the needs of young people.
  • Identify any barriers, enablers and service model components that are critical to establish, implement, and expand the Youth Network, as well as integrate Aftercare within youth AOD residential programs.
  • Understand and evidence the impact of Aftercare and the value-add provided to young people at different stages of their recovery journey and in different local contexts.
  • Explore the benefits of creating a network of youth AOD specialists to share best practice, access professional opportunities and support young people through the Aftercare service.
  • Assess the cost-effectiveness of Aftercare in delivering outcomes for young people, the indirect impact on families and broader community, and avoided costs to the government.

Further information on the evaluation scope, deliverables and timeframes is detailed in the attached RFP.

Details of how to apply:
All enquiries and submitted proposals should be sent by email to: Cherie Pereth, Impact Measurement and Evaluation Manager- Mission Australia | E:

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