Evaluation of the AFL's 2012/13 Community Education Training

The Respect and Responsibility Community Education Program promotes equal and respectful relationships and a reduction in harms associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs in the football community and beyond. This program is currently being delivered to state and community football clubs across Australia by the AFL.

The AFL has funded La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society to evaluate the program in 2013. To do this we would like to conduct telephone interviews and focus group discussions with participants from the 2012/13 program. We also have an online survey that we encourage those participants who do not complete a phone interview/focus group discussion to complete:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/AFLCommunityEducation

The aim of the evaluation is to understand the impact of the training from the perspective of participants. The telephone interview will be brief (15 minutes) and will ask questions about things that were covered in the training. These will include knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in relation to alcohol, illicit drugs and respectful relationships. We will also ask for feedback about the delivery of the training. Participation will assist the AFL to continuously improve its community education training in future.

Participation in the survey, the interviews or focus group discussions is completely anonymous. The information we collect will be used to provide a report for the AFL summarising the experience across Australia.

Any questions regarding this project may be directed to the investigators at La Trobe University School of Public Health:

Sue Dyson: s.dyson@latrobe.edu.au, (03) 9479 8710

Jo Grzelinska: j.grzelinska@latrobe.edu.au

or to the AFL Cultural Strategy and Education office:

Luke Ablett: Luke.Ablett@afl.com.au, (03) 9643 1854

Rebecca Mathers: rebecca.mathers@afl.com.au