Evaluating the Community Healing Project

Testing an innovative model to increase resiliency in youth

The City of Toronto has invested significant resources in understanding how to address youth violence and support communities and youth impacted by violence and trauma, recognizing that youth who are exposed to violence in their communities are vulnerable to becoming involved in violence themselves.

The Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention (CHP) is an innovative approach that aims to both prevent community violence and address its impacts on communities. The project offers youth in the City of Toronto skill-building in the areas of mental health literacy and resiliency. Through this project, trained and certified young people (peer healers) deliver workshops and provide supports to other youth in their communities who are vulnerable to involvement in gangs and violence. The five-year project is a partnership between the City of Toronto, Stella’s Place, and local service providers and is funded by Public Safety Canada as part of their National Crime Prevention Strategy.

Blueprint was engaged to design and execute an evaluation of the project that would engage all partners and generate meaningful, actionable evidence about the outcomes and implementation of the project. We are working in collaboration with the City and Stella’s Place to design and implement an evaluation CHP that reflects the strengths and needs of the youth involved.

As part of the process, we are exploring participatory evaluation approaches that directly involve peer healers in leading focus groups and developing surveys. The findings from our evaluation will assess how effective CHP is in improving internal and external protective factors for youth impacted by violence and trauma, and inform the continuous improvement and adaptation of the model.

The City of Toronto has invested significant resources in understanding how to address youth violence and support communities and youth impacted by violence and trauma, recognizing that youth who are exposed to violence in their communities are vulnerable to becoming involved in violence themselves.

The Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention (CHP) is an innovative approach that aims to both prevent community violence and address its impacts on communities. The project offers youth in the City of Toronto skill-building in the areas of mental health literacy and resiliency. Through this project, trained and certified young people (peer healers) deliver workshops and provide supports to other youth in their communities who are vulnerable to involvement in gangs and violence. The five-year project is a partnership between the City of Toronto, Stella’s Place, and local service providers and is funded by Public Safety Canada as part of their National Crime Prevention Strategy.

Blueprint was engaged to design and execute an evaluation of the project that would engage all partners and generate meaningful, actionable evidence about the outcomes and implementation of the project. We are working in collaboration with the City and Stella’s Place to design and implement an evaluation CHP that reflects the strengths and needs of the youth involved.

As part of the process, we are exploring participatory evaluation approaches that directly involve peer healers in leading focus groups and developing surveys. The findings from our evaluation will assess how effective CHP is in improving internal and external protective factors for youth impacted by violence and trauma, and inform the continuous improvement and adaptation of the model.