Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Enhancing project implementation: The value of youth-led evaluation

Session Number: 1520
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: youth-focused evaluation
Session Facilitator: Sophie Purdue [Timor-Leste programs director - Oaktree]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sophie Purdue [Timor-Leste programs director - Oaktree]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heidi Peterson [South East Asia Programs Director]
Workshop Lead Presenter: Sophie Purdue [Timor-Leste programs director - Oaktree]
Other Workshop Presenter 2: Heidi Peterson [South East Asia Programs Director]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8218

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Youth participation in development processes is a growing trend, demanded by the large youth-bulge in the Global South. For programs and policies that target or affect youth to be relevant, young people themselves must be informing implementation - necessitating youth participation in monitoring and evaluation activities. Doing so provides programmes with greater relevance and also presents an opportunity to leverage young people’s unique perspectives and skill sets - bringing together conventional evaluation practise with innovative new approaches. This presentation will draw upon the experiences of Oaktree, who conduct youth-led, peer-to-peer evaluations of their education projects in Timor-Leste and Cambodia. This model can reduce evaluator-subject power imbalances and promote rapport through shared identities - leading to more open and nuanced dialogue. It will also explore young people’s value-add in innovative approaches to evaluation data collection and dissemination, as the often first-adopters of new technologies and through their wide online networks.  

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