Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Youth Voices in Evaluation

Session Number: YFE3
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Mónica Ruiz-Casares [Associate Professor & Investigator - McGill University & SHERPA-Institut Universitaire]
Presenter 1: Michelle Abraczinskas [Graduate Student - University of South Carolina]
Presenter 2: Scout Black [Research Associate - Smith & Lehmann Consulting, Inc]
Presenter 3: Emily Massey [Associate - Genesis Analytics]
Presenter 4: Rae Torrie [Director - Evaluation Works Ltd]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Nicole Zarrett [University of South Carolina]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Christine Clements Stein [Principal - Steppe Up Consulting, LLC]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Erika Lehmann [President - Smith & Lehmann Consulting, Inc]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Mishkah Jakoet [Manager - Genesis Analytics]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Alyna Erin Wyatt, Partner [Partner - Genesis Analytics]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (03:15 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: Johnson

Abstract 1 Title: Individual and Systems Transformation: Quantitative Results of a Process Evaluation of a Physical Activity Focused Youth Photo Voice Project.
Presentation Abstract 1:

The paper aim is to report the quantitative results and lessons learned of a rigorous, multi-method process evaluation of the feasibility of a six week youth participatory action research (YPAR) project that aimed to promote empowerment. In one after school program (ASP), YPAR was implemented alone. In the other, it was paired with a larger physical activity intervention. Within a photo voice framework, youth took pictures of facilitators and barriers to physical activity, made a poster, and advocated for a physical activity related change in their program or school. The Youth Empowerment Scale (Ozer & Schotland, 2011) was used to measure change in empowerment. A mixed MANOVA showed youth in the paired program had a significantly greater change in mean levels of empowerment when compared to the YPAR only program. Finally, systems level changes occurred in the paired program but not the YPAR only program.


Abstract 2 Title: Moving Beyond Recipients of Intervention to Partners for Systems Change: Youth Participatory Action Research in an Adolescent Health Project Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 2:

In youth-serving intervention projects, infusing youth voice into the project evaluation through participatory action research enhances evaluation while fostering a new generation of action-oriented researchers. Partnering with youth researchers increases the credibility of the evaluation process and findings, elevates buy-in to the project’s mission and goals, and validates and includes young people as generators and users of knowledge. This paper discusses the inclusion of five compensated youth research interns in the evaluation of an adolescent health project in Omaha, Nebraska that focuses on sexual and reproductive health. With guidance from other evaluation team members, the youth interns developed a research question and data collection materials, collected data from fellow adolescents, analyzed their data, and presented their findings to project staff to inform future service delivery, outreach, and education for young adults. Our presentation will address the process of and learning from youth intern integration and the results of their research.


Abstract 3 Title: Retrospective case study evaluation of Digital Jobs Africa
Presentation Abstract 3:

In response to the challenge of widespread youth unemployment in Africa, the Rockefeller Foundation launched the Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) initiative, which aims to catalyze new, sustainable employment opportunities and skills training for African youth, with a focus on employment within the ICT sector. A retrospective case study evaluation on DJA was conducted. The presentation will use the evaluation findings to demonstrate the case study methodology and youth-focused data collection techniques that were employed. In particular, the evaluation used illustrative case studies in manner that can be adapted and replicated for evaluating youth employment initiatives that are diverse across implementation models, geographies and even beneficiaries. Additionally, the evaluation creatively leveraged focus group discussions (FGDs) to locate case study findings within the broader context and to test the implications of the findings beyond the individual cases.


Abstract 4 Title: Measuring youth health and wellbeing outcomes: It can be done!
Presentation Abstract 4:

Being able to measure meaningful outcomes is key to the survival of many publicly funded health and social services world-wide. Often these services support people in making changes which are hard to measure, and the measurement tools available, can be negatively focused (e.g. reduction in alcohol abuse) and at odds with strengths-based approaches. This presentation will outline an innovative, rubrics-based approach to the ongoing measurement of outcomes important to the development of healthy, resilient young people. Originally designed as part of a small impact evaluation with a youth health and social service provider in Aotearoa New Zealand, the youth outcomes model and measures has multiple uses – supporting staff practice in real time, providing valuable reporting and accountability data, and strengthening the organisation’s evaluative capability. From the evaluation, the presentation will show what the organisation was able to claim about the difference the service is making for the young people using its services.      


Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

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Youth Voices in Evaluation



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