A sample of our health care messaging outcomes:
Our resilience building outcomes questions show a resilience increase of 15-25%. Of course, this varies depending on demographic. Most importantly, our project-related audience of 18-25 year olds showed a 25% increase in resilience. Also, African-Americans as a group showed a 20% increase in resilience. These outcomes are measured over 20 events across the Kansas City metro area during 2016. We have outcomes gathered now for all 240 events we have completed this year. Sample questions include:
Poetry for Personal Power Outcomes –
% of change between before and after on resilience questions.
resilience increase % of change between before and after on individual questions. 1. I have a sense of control over life.
resilience increase 2. I know that what I do makes a difference
resilience increase 3. I have a productive way to express my thoughts and feelings
resilience increase 4. My life is meaningful
resilience increase 5. I have pride and self-esteem.
resilience increase 6. I feel a part of my community.
How we measure our Resilience Building Outcomes:
Poetry for Personal Power’s resilience building outcomes evaluations have 13 questions. These are based on the Connor Resilience Scale, modified questions from the Rotter’s locus of control scale, self-stigma indicators, and other recovery outcome tools. The questions are answered before the program to develop a baseline of the audiences’ current “mood”. Audience members can choose 1 of 5 possible responses to the questions (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, and strongly disagree). Because the same questions are asked again after the program has been completed, we can see the change. This allows us to measure resilience building outcomes. Programs normally last between 1 hour – 3 hours dependent on the type of program. Our programs include workshops, poetry slams, town halls, open mics, or education events.
Resilience building outcomes are very strong with our program. But better yet, the events are fun and community building. Poets like being paid to work at slams they are already part of, and the audience appreciates hearing a new spin on mental health related topics. Finally, people very much like hearing the stories of other participants. Introducing a resilience topic help shift the whole theme of the poetry events.