As with most European countries, nightlife in Flanders (especially in the electronic dance scene) is booming business and 50% of clubbers use one or more illegal drugs when out at night.
Partywise aims to encourage party people to be responsible during a night out. It tries to inform and sensitise clubbers in different ways, so that they can make responsible choices.
Partywise is a prevention concept using a campaign and other materials to inform and sensitise clubbers, and brochures, materials and training sessions for prevention workers and nightlife professionals.
The process evaluation showed a very positive result for the different aspects of Partywise. In general, clubbers liked the look and feel of Partywise and could understand the information disseminated. The majority of clubbers thought that initiatives like partywise were nessesary.
Partywise is a good project to inform and sensitise young clubbers about health risks in the nightlife environment. It is not currently known whether Partwise leads people to change their behaviour. However, through the intervention, revellers know what the risks are and they can choose for themselves if they want to take these risks or not.
Party people (mainly 15-25, girls and boys), clubowners, promoters of dance events.
Party people (mainly 15-25, girls and boys), Clubowners, promoters of dance events.
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- Education via the partywise website.
- Dissemination of posters, flyers, stickers, newsletters and gadgets (wristbands, condoms, chewing gum, buttons).
The process evaluation showed a very positive result for the different aspects of Partywise.
The Partywise website was evaluated by 125 clubbers. The website was rated as being: up to date (94.4%); clear (93.3%); well presented (92.5%); and with text that was not too long (83%). Some clubbers (36%) felt that the website was a little bit too moralising. The sections concerning drugs, combined drug use, and partytips were rated as most interesting. Downloads and goodies were rated as less interesting.
When asked how they had heard about the website: 21.5% were directed by friends, 16.5% by professionals, 14% saw it in a magazine, 18% were directed from partywise materials, and 5% from search engines.
The reasons given for visiting the website were: curiousity and interest in the topic (49.1%); to prepare for a night out (14.5%); to organise a party (17.3%); to search for information (9.1%); or to win a party prize (12.7%).
The overall score given for the website was 8.4/10 (according to the clubbers).
The partywise newsletter was evaluated by 71 clubbers.75% said they always read the newsletter; 87% thought the newsletter was interesting;84% thought the information was very up to date;81% liked the style of the newsletter; and73% thought there was not too much text. The most interesting parts of the newsletter were the partytips and research reports.People that receive the newsletter return to the website much more than people who do not.
Partywise general was evaluated by 46 clubbers. 68% of clubbers thought initiatives like Partywise were nessesary;55% thought that the information was useful (44.7% were neutral);57% thought that the information was trustworthy (40.5% were neutral);41% of clubbers thought the partywise materials were attractive (56.4% scored neutral).
Verstreken, S & Schrooten, J. (2009). Partywise evaluatie. Een terugblik op vijf jaar Partywise. Brussel: VAD.