Developing Independence evaluation

09 April 2017

Developing Independence is a certificate course to help residents of youth foyers to develop their personal vision and gain confidence to re-engage with learning, employment and community life.

A study of two pilots of the course was undertaken to inform its continuing development.

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George Myconos 2014, Developing Independence: evaluating an educational initiative for young people facing homelessness  (PDF file, 456 KB)


The Developing Independence course is also being piloted with young people in residential out-of-home care as a fresh approach to help them remain engaged in education, pursue personal goals and achieve economic independence.


Marion Coddou and Joseph Borlagdan 2018, From aspiration to opportunity: Developing Independence in out-of-home care (PDF, 645 KB)

Aaron Hart, Joseph Borlagdan and Shelley Mallett 2017, Paying attention to the future: piloting the Certificate 1 in Developing Independence in out-of-home care settings (PDF, 643 KB)


Skills for Independence is a pilot of Developing Independence in four sites across Victoria with young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order.


Lisa Conley 2018, Push and pull: increasing student engagement in Developing Independence (PDF, 833 KB)




Contact: Joseph Borlagdan jborlagdan(at)

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