Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Improving Youth Voice in Evaluations: Strategies for Collecting Better Survey Data from Youth

Session Number: 1258
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: Survey Design, survey instrument, Survey Methodology, Survey Research, Youth, youth program, youth voice
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Dana Linnell Wanzer [Research and Evaluation Associate - Claremont Graduate University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Tiffany D Berry [Research Associate Professor - Claremont Graduate University]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Washington 5

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This demonstration session will provide examples and recommendations for item-writing, response options, formatting, pre-testing, administration, and analysis for children and adolescents. While many evaluators agree that surveys need to be carefully adapted for children and adolescents to be developmentally appropriate, many are still unclear on effective practices. For instance, some may be unsure of how young is too young for a survey, how to write age-appropriate questions, whether paper or online surveys are better for youth, and what response options should be used. You will leave the session with concrete strategies for developing, administering, and analyzing surveys for children and adolescents.

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