Rideauwood’s commitment to excellence includes ongoing monitoring and assessment of our services. This page provides the results of some of our recent program evaluations and outcomes.

Youth and School-Based Programs

During the 2015-16 year, 4,096 high school students and 8,218 Grade 7 & 8 students participated in prevention/education sessions. Information and education sessions were also held for parents at schools throughout the region. Click here for Rideauwood’s most recent Evaluation Report on our School-Based Substance Abuse Counselling Program

A full list of school-based reports can be viewed here;

In brief the results from evaluations of our school based program have demonstrated dramatic improvements in many areas of students lives:

  • 64% decreased or stopped using cannabis
  • 62% stopped or reduced using alcohol
  • students showed an improvement in overall health and well-being.

Rideauwood, St. Mary’s Home and the Youville Centre work together to serve more than 100 young mothers each year who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. This evaluation highlights the unique needs and strengths these youth parents possess. Our full report on the young mothers program can be viewed here or here for a brief summary of findings.

An urgent need to develop a culturally appropriate drug abuse prevention strategy for Somali youth and families in Ottawa was identified in 2007 by the Canadian Friends of Somalia. The objectives of the Substance Abuse Prevention for Somali Youth (SAPSY) were to 1)increase awareness of substance abuse and it’s prevention within the Somali community and 2) to develop a collaborative and strengths-based solution to illicit drug use among Somali youth. This evaluation demonstrates that the Substance Abuse Prevention for Somali Youth (SAPSY) project met and exceeded target outputs and outcomes. Somali Health Canada Evaluation

Through the SAPSY project it became clear that many of the parents that were receiving prevention services already had children already involved in criminal activity and did not know what services were available to them or how to access them. Thus the Somali Youth Justice program was created in 2011 with the intent to provide Somali Youth in the Justice System with culturally appropriate counselling, provide their parents with counselling, education and support, and to build capacity with community partners. Click here for the results of this initiative.

Ottawa Drug Treatment Court

Our Drug Treatment Court (DTC) counsellors work with repeat criminal offenders who have severe addiction issues. Through detailed outcome monitoring and program refinement since it’s start in 2006 this program has evolved dramatically. Graduation rates for the past three years are just below 60% and the average client is able to reduce their monthly spending on drugs from $9,000 to $90 while in the program. Click here to read our most recent outcome report and learn more about outcomes in this program.

A full list of reports can be viewed here;

Problem Gambling Program

Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services admitted their first gambling client in June 1996, a few months after Casino du Lac-Leamy opened its doors.  Since the initiation of this program, data on the gambling habits before and during the treatment of more than 500 gambling clients has been collected.  Evaluation data on both gambling losses as well as treatment outcomes has been compiled and the results have been summarized in the attached reports:


Thank you to our Evaluation Funders/Partners: