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Thursday, 14 February 2013
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Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Program

(Question No. 1324)


Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 29 November 2012:

In respect of the evaluation of the Refugee Support Pilot, (a) when will the evaluation be completed, (b) what are the assessment criteria for the evaluation, (c) is it being compared to other service providers, including the Life Without Barriers model, and (d) who is undertaking the evaluation.


Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

(a) The evaluation of the Refugee Youth Support Pilot is expected to be completed by 1 March 2013.

(b) The terms of reference for the evaluation are to:

1. examine whether the overall approach being tested through the Pilot leads to positive settlement outcomes for clients, whilst remaining cost effective;

2. assess the three Pilot models to identify any differences in terms of their implementation and outcomes and determine which aspects may be adopted as part of a final 'best practice' model;

3. assess the outcomes achieved for (and/or experiences of) participants in the Pilot against those who are in the existing UHM program to gain an understanding of the benefits/drawbacks of the Pilot model in comparison to the current approach;

4. examine the cost of delivering the Pilot in comparison with the UHM Program; and

5. determine whether it would be more effective to integrate the provision of all settlement services into the UHM/Pilot settlement model rather than splitting services between those providers and HSS.

(c) Please see terms of reference 3 and 5 above; this will include a comparison with the Life Without Barriers 24 hour care model.

(d) The evaluation is being conducted through a partnership between the Department and ARTD Consultants. The fieldwork component of the evaluation is being conducted by ARTD Consultants. A mentor from ARTD Consultants has also been engaged to guide the broader evaluation process.