Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Evaluating Trajectories of Youth-Adult Partnerships in Malaysia and United States: Learning from False Starts, Mistakes, and Successes

Session Number: 1401
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: youth-adult partnership
Session Chair: Jane Powers [Project Director, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence - Cornell University]
Discussant: Jane Powers [Project Director, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence - Cornell University]
Presenter 1: Shepherd Zeldin [UW - Madison]
Presenter 2: Haslinda Binti Hj Abdullah [Associate Professor - Universiti Putra Malaysia]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Steven Krauss [Associate Professor - Institute for Social Science Studies]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Dzuhailmi Dahalan [Research Officer - Institute for Social Science Studies]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Steven Krauss [Associate Professor - Institute for Social Science Studies]
Session Facilitator: Jane Powers [Project Director, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence - Cornell University]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: Washington 5

Abstract 1 Title: The Gaya Island Youth Association and Clarke Street Community School: Broadening from Youth to Community Development

Presentation Abstract 1:

Two evaluations, each covering four years, are presented.  The Gaya Island Youth Association operates on an economically poor, culturally marginalized island off of Malaysia.  The evaluation examines how the Association has evolved over time. It started by running sports and recreation programs, then school support, and now emphasizes community organizing.  It recently sparked successful efforts to bring electricity and running water to residents.  Clark Street Community School serves the highest percentage of vulnerable students in Dane County, Wisconsin, but has achieved some of the most positive student outcomes.   The school is grounded in norms and strategies of youth voice and shared ownership for learning.   The evaluation details how the School has overcome their false starts/mistakes to create a culture of partnership within the school.   The presentation concludes by identifying commonalities across the two evaluations in terms sustaining partnerships over extended periods of time. 

Abstract 2 Title: Empowerment and Youth-Adult Partnership from the Perspective of Malaysian Culture and Policy

Presentation Abstract 2:

Empowerment has become a catch-phrase in many developing nations as a strategy for young people to take on economic and community leadership. With the historic launching of a new national youth policy, Malaysia seeks to transition from "traditional" programming in organizations and schools to one that emphasizes youth participation and effective citizenry.  The presentation will highlight key findings from three national studies on empowerment and youth-adult partnership. The implications of these studies will be assessed in context of the core elements of the new youth policy, with a focus on evaluating the goal of promoting youth voice from cultural, institutional, and community foundations.   Given the salience of religion in Malaysia, the cultural ideal of a shared identity among ethnicities, and extant norms regarding relationships with non-familial adults and community connectedness, the presentation will speak to the opportunities and constraints in building community capacity for youth voice in decision making. 

Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

In this session presenters will share findings from evaluations of youth-adult partnerships conducted in the United States and Malaysia.  Drawing upon case studies conducted in school and community settings, they will demonstrate that when youth and adults learn and act together as partners, they can produce high quality and sustained efforts that endure over time. Because the evaluations were conducted over a period of years, the presenters are able to address how organizations learned to become places of youth and community development by consistently assessing their own strengths and weaknesses.  They also identify the key leverage points that seem most strongly linked to continuous improvements in the initiatives.  Finally they address the importance of responding to historical, cultural, and institutional factors when moving from evaluation to the adoption of new policies and practices.

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