Developing an evaluation framework for the ‘Ready to Fly’ mentoring program

Space2b is an art and design social enterprise in the City of Port Phillip that supports newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through creative enterprise or workplace training. Its workspace comprises a retail outlet, gallery, design studio, workshop and a small business hub. All profits are used to support training and mentoring programs for participants. 

One of the mentoring programs, Ready to Fly, supports 15 refugees and asylum seekers in the Dandenong area. The program aims to develop the participants’ creative, business and language skills and to increase the connections and confidence needed to run a small business. 

The purpose of this project is to develop a robust evaluation framework for Ready to Fly that will meet the needs of funding organisations as well as reflecting the diverse nature of the program and assessing its value to participants and the wider community. This will then provide a basis for the evaluation of other projects.

This project was funded in the first round of the Community Fellows Program, 2016.

Community fellows

Ondine Spitzer [Space2b Social Design]

Aila Joodi [Space2b Social Design]

Academic supervisors

Ben Neville [Department of Management and Marketing]

Richard Williams [McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit]

Research Program

Community-engaged research