About NHWS

Network for Health & Welfare Studies, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (NHWS) was founded in 1997 with the objectives to facilitate and promote multi-disciplinary applied health and welfare studies, in which the importance of evaluation study is highlighted. Research projects of NHWS share the same trending theme, which is to develop an evidence-based research model for the problems observed during application, and enhance its sustainability through bridging service and research. Apart from encouraging the collaboration with local university researchers, NHWS also conducts research with other local and international organizations on topics such as mentoring programmes, elderly, children and family services, mental rehabilitation services, schools and hospitals.

香港理工大學應用社會科學系醫療及社福研究網絡(網絡)於1997年成立,宗旨為促進及推廣在應用醫療及社福領域的多機構/多學科研究,其中強調計劃成效評估。網絡下所合作的研究均以同一新興主題為基礎,就是為在應用時觀察到的問題開發以實證為本的研究模式,透過服務提供與研究的融合提升此類成效評估的可持續性。除了鼓勵與本地大學學者的合作,網絡同時與本地及國際機構進行研究,涉及的範疇包括師友計劃、老人、兒童及家庭服務、心理復康服務、學校及醫院。

 

News

NHWS started the consultancy study titled 'School-based "Child Development Fund" Project' funded by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation in March 2014. NHWS supports the operation of the Project and conducts an evaluation study on the effectiveness of school-based Child Development Fund (CDF) Project. The CDF Project has come to its last year and all participating students have achieved two outcomes standards, saving regularly for two years and implementation of a Personal Development Plan. Participating students have developed with accumulated financial and non-financial assets in the CDF Project and earn a successful experience in achieving goals relating to personal development. NHWS is also conducting the evaluation research on the Projects through collecting qualitative and quantitative data from the students, their parents and mentors. The collection of process data was completed. A storybook on the development of participants in the Tin Ka Ping schools was published in July 1, 2017 and can be downloaded with the URL under the project on this page.

 

This March, NHWS and the Hong Kong Quality Mentorship Network (QMN) successfully completed a commissioned by the Policy and Project Co-ordination Unit to conduct a career-readiness mentoring programme and an evaluation study on this programme. The programme started in April, 2016 and last for 14 months. It includes a pilot scheme and the development of a comprehensive and localised toolkit to provide guidance on the operation and implementation of career-readiness mentoring programmes for general reference and application. The toolkit is available for download at the Life Buddies Mentoring Portal.

 

PROJECTS in Progress

 

The Tin Ka Ping School-based Child Development Fund Project

Investigators

Dr CHAN Ching Hai, Charles

Dr LAI Man Kin, Simon

Description

The Tin Ka Ping Child School-based Development Fund Project (Project) is a creative and evidence-based social service programme for building assets in children of disadvantaged background. This action research project is aimed to secure and enhance the implementation, and therefore, the effective student development in the schools.

 

The Project aims at supporting personal and career development in participating children through education, vocational training and skills enhancement. It has three components:

1. Targeted Savings

2. Mentorship Programme

3. Personal Development Plan

 

Apart from the Projects’ components and service parameters, this action-research project further provides inputs in training and practice support, as well as research and model building components to the school-based Projects. Furthermore, school capacity and network in operating the Project will be built for the long-term community/district resources gathering and successful development pathways for students from the poverty or in lack of relational network. Experience and benefits in operating the Project could be shared to other schools and inform government educational policy and services.

Objectives

The programme and research objectives of this action-research project are:

i)                    to advise and lead the implementation of the three years Project in three schools with respect to student selection who are in lack of academic and relational support at the schools and their families,

ii)                  to facilitate the creation of necessary environment and conditions in the schools which promise to bring about positive outcomes in participating students on their social and voluntary work participation, inter-generational relationship building, positive youth and whole person development,

iii)                to provide real and concrete experience to students in setting, planning, executing and achieving their short-term personal and career development goals.

iv)                to confirm the positive effect of the Project on the participating students.

v)                  to identify unique positive effect of the Project on participating schools and branding of the school-based CDF programme.

Output

「夢想田園」成長故事集

Duration

2014-2017

 

Transforming Large Classes into Interactive Learning Environment

Investigators

Dr CHAN Hin Wan, Kevin

Description

Upcoming

Objectives

Upcoming

Duration

Upcoming

 

 

Publications

 

Academic papers

Lau, W. S. Y., Zhou, X. C., Lai, S. M. K. (2017). The development of mentoring relationship quality, future planning style and career goal setting among adolescents from a disadvantaged background. PsyCH Journal, 6(1), 76-82.

Au, A. M. L., Chan, C. Y. S., Yip, H. M., Kwok, Y. C. J., Lai, K. Y., Leung, K. M., Lee, L. F. A, Lai, W. L. D., Tsien, T., Lai, M. K., S. (2017). Age-friendliness and Life Satisfaction of Young-old and Old-old in Hong Kong. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 2017, 1-10.

Ng, E. C. W., & Chan C. C. H (2015). The Gratitude of Underprivileged Young People in Hong Kong: The Potential Role of Religious Mentors. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 43 (2). 140-147.

Au, A., Ng, E., Garner, B., Lai, S., Chan, K. (2015). Proactive aging and intergenerational mentoring program to promote the well-being of older adults: Pilot studies. Clinical Gerontologist, 38(3), 203-210.

Kwok, T., Au, A., Wong, B., Ip, I., Mak, V., Ho, F. (2014). Effectiveness of online cognitive behavioral therapy on family caregivers of people with dementia. Clinical Interventions in Aging. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S56337

Ng, E. C. W, Chan, C. C. H., & Lai, M. K. (2014). Hope and life satisfaction among underprivileged children in Hong Kong: The mediating role of perceived community support. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(3), 352-364.

Ng, E. C. W., Lai, M. K., & Chan, C. C. (2014). Effectiveness of mentorship program among underprivileged children in Hong Kong. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 268-273.

陳清海,賴文建,吳智威,柳雪怡.(2014).香港兒童發展基金的特點與綜述.由鄧鎖,(美)邁克爾.謝若登(Michael Sherraden),鄒莉,王思斌,古學斌(編):資產建設亞洲的策略與創新。北京:北京大學出版社。

Chan, C. C., Lai, M. K., Ng, E. C. W., & Lau, S. Y. (2013). A review of features and outcomes of the Hong Kong Child Development Fund. China Journal of Social Work, 6(2), 127-148.

Chan, C. C., Guan, Y., & Choi, Y. W. (2011). Chinese migrant children's mental health and career efficacy: the roles of mentoring relationship quality and self-efficacy. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 10(3), 195.

Chan, C. C., Lai, M. K., Choi, P. Y., Tsang, B., & Ming, H. (2011). Differential outcomes of psychosocial development among local and mobile children in two school types in Beijing and Shanghai. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 10(3), 187-193.

Au, A., Lau, K. M., Sit, E., Cheung, G., Lai, M. K., Wong, S. K. A., & Fok, D. (2010). The role of self-efficacy in the Alzheimer's family caregiver stress process: a partial mediator between physical health and depressive symptoms. Clinical Gerontologist, 33(4), 298-315.

 

Other publications

Lai, M. K., Lau, W. S.-Y., Ng, E. C. W., & Chan, C. C. H. (2014). Resource Manual for Child Development Fund Quality Projects under the School-based Approach. W. Lin & E. Chan (Eds). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Lai, M. K., & Lau, W. S.-Y. (2014). Child Development Fund Quality Projects Data Management Manual. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Yao, P. K. H. (2014). Blueprint for the promotion of mentorship culture: construct mentorship culture, promote whole person development of the youth. C. C. H. Chan, & P. Choi (Eds.). Hong Kong: Quality Mentorship Network.

 

 

People

 

Dr LAI Man Kin, Simon

Title

Assistant Professor

Director, Network for Health and Welfare Studies

Qualifications

PhD (HKU), MPhil (HKU), BSocSc (HKU)

Specialism

Youth mentoring and mentorship programme evaluation;

Youth health and psychosocial development

Email

ssmklai@polyu.edu.hk

Phone

(852) 2766-7744

Office

HJ436

URL

http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7292-1480

 

Dr CHAN Ching-hai, Charles

Title

Honorary Fellow

Former Associate Professor of APSS; Hon. Director, Network for Health and Welfare Studies

Qualifications

PhD (HK)., M.Soc. Sc. (Clin. Psych.), B.A., FHKPS, FHKPCA

 

Dr AU May-lan, Alma

Title

Associate Professor

Qualifications

PhD (CUHK), PgD (LondonU), MSocSci (HKU), MSc (Edinburgh), BSc (Lancaster)

Specialism

Development of Bio-psychosocial Model of Care in Neuropsychology; Medical and Health Psychology

Email

ssalma@polyu.edu.hk

Phone

(852) 2766-7746

Office

GH313

URLs

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6338-7842

 

Dr CHAN Hin Wang, Kevin

Title

Research Assistant Professor

Assistant director, Network for Health and Welfare Studies

Qualifications

PhD (PolyU), MPH (CUHK), BA (Toronto)

Specialism

Injury research and public health

Email

sskevin@polyu.edu.hk

Phone

(852) 2766-7743

Office

EF735

URLs

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0688-0606

 

Dr CHEUNG On Chu, George

Title

Project Associate

Qualifications

MPhil (PolyU), BA (UCLA)

Specialism

Mobile Learning, e-learning

Email

george.cheung@polyu.edu.hk

Phone

(852) 2766-5718

Office

Z519

URL

-

 

Mr WAN Tsz Hin, Kelvin

Title

Project Assistant

Qualifications

MAP (PolyU), BA (PolyU SPEED)

Specialism

Mobile Learning, e-learning

Email

kelvin.th.wan@polyu.edu.hk

Phone

(852) 2766-6299

Office

Z519

URL

-

 

 

Links

 

Quality Mentorship Network

https://www.qmn.hk/

 

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Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor

http://www.hkcnp.org.hk/

 

Tin Ka Ping Foundation

http://www.tinkaping.org/hk/

 

 

Contact US

Network for Health and Welfare Studies, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Telephone

(852) 3400-3026

E-mail

ssnhws@polyu.edu.hk

Address

Room Z519, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

URL

http://www.polyu.edu.hk/apss/nhws/

 

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