Results & Data
Data and Focus Groups
During the course of the program, we accumulated both qualitative and quantitative data to support the process of Basic Coaching Conversations with youth.
The Qualitative information — as exhibited by the quotes and videos of the teens found on this website — are overwhelmingly affirmative. Similarly, the quotes and videos of our dedicated and wonderful volunteers speak to the benefits of the program.
The Amphitheater School District helped accumulate quantitative data based on three key markers: behavioral referrals, grades, and absenteeism. Our findings were affirmative and so were the results (although not purely evidence-based).
At the end of each year, Focus Groups were held to assess the validity and benefit of the coaching the teens had received. The sessions were made consistent from group to group with the same interviewer, use of questions, and opportunity for the teens to answer privately on anonymous cards as well as share with the group voluntarily.
The feedback was highly supportive of the coaching process and the benefits the teens received from their experience.
Focus Group Notes/Comments
- There was no other program offered like this at school in which teens had an opportunity to be supported with the focus entirely on them.
- It was great to have someone listen to them without being judged.
- Although the TPC Coaching Office was great, the preference was for the continuity of 1:1 coaching.
- The TPC Coaching Office provided a great way to get a sense of what coaching is before committing to an ongoing coaching relationship.
- There was more of a bond in the 1:1 coaching because, as one student said, “I didn’t have to explain myself all over again.”
- Several students offered that they:
- are more open minded
- see opportunities they wouldn’t have seen without coaching
- can create more choices
- are calmer emotionally
- are more comfortable with change
- feel freer than before
- are able to plan their lives better
- have a better sense of where they are going
- are ready to be more independent and need to do so in college and as an adult
- have a better sense of who they are and what they want to do.
- Other students said:
- “Because the focus was entirely on me, it helped me get unstuck.”
- “I would favor coaching groups — spending time with other matches and learning from them and their experiences.”
- “I’d be interested in an after-school Coaching Club building community. The problem is transportation and other commitments as well as safety.”
- “Having a Coaching Office in college would be helpful.”
- “I would be interested in peer mentoring.”
- “Touch Point has given me the resources to live my life in confidence.”