This evaluation was conducted in October 2018 with the purpose of describing some of the key outcomes being achieved through the programme and support continued programme improvement.The qualitative case study described in this report, investigated the impact of a unique male mentoring programme developed by ‘Bros for Change’ on young boys whose behaviour was described as challenging and disengaged from school. The central objective of the study was to investigate how the programme worked to create change, and the nature of the impact on the boys who participated. An additional objective was to find ways to strengthen the work undertaken by Bros for Change, and ultimately the positive impacts for the boys and their whānau/families.
Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with eleven participants involving different stakeholder groups. These included boys who had participated in the Tīmatanga Hou programme as well as whānau/parents, teachers/social workers and programme facilitators. Key documents related to the kaupapa/purpose of the programme were also reviewed. Quantitative data related to boys’ enrolment, attendance, graduation and drop-out rates were also analysed. Comparing and contrasting different data sets enabled triangulation of key findings (Merriam, 1998).