Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Addressing Complexity in Youth Program Evaluations

Session Number: YFE2
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Susana Micaela Morales [Principal - Communities in Collaboration | Comunidades en Colaboración]
Presenter 1: Cassandra Jessee [Director, YouthPower Learning - International Center for Research on Women]
Presenter 2: Musa K. Sanoe, Monrovia [Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager - Plan International Liberia]
Presenter 3: Audra Grant [Researcher - NORC]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Gina Alvarado [Gender and Evaluation Specialist - International Center for Research on Women]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Chisina Tsvakayi Kapungu [Senior Gender and Youth Specialist - International Center for Research on Women]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: Washington 5

Abstract 1 Title: Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: What do we know, what don’t we know and how can we measure it to design more effective PYD programs
Presentation Abstract 1: Positive youth development (PYD) aims to build and support the competencies, skills, and abilities of youth so that they are empowered to reach their full potential. There is strong evidence that PYD strategies can increase positive outcomes for youth in developed countries and the evidence from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is growing. But what does PYD look like in programs for youth in LMIC? What are the gaps in the evidence base and opportunities for future evaluations to address? What are appropriate tools and considerations for measuring PYD outcomes? The authors will share the results of a systematic review of PYD programs in LMIC, which looked at the effectiveness of PYD on cross-sectoral outcomes. Building on the findings from USAID’s YouthPower Learning review, the authors will also share a PYD framework and associated indicators and discuss how to integrate PYD principles in monitoring and evaluation to improve program performance.   
Abstract 2 Title: Challenges and Successes of Sexual and Reproductive Health Evaluation; in Low Resource Country: Liberia as Case Study
Presentation Abstract 2: Despite Liberia making significant progress in its post war recovery strategy, the country still faces daunting health, education and development challenges. Among these challenges is poor accessibility to rural communities, especially during raining seasons, coupled with poor telecom communication networks. It was under these difficult circumstances that ‘A Randomized Evaluation of Healthy Actions’ was implemented. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a 6-day intensive group learning health intervention combined with on-site sexual reproductive health services among out-of-school young adults. The program was implemented through an existing adult learning program, which provides access to contraception and HIV testing and counseling (HTC) for young women and men ages 15 to 35 across five counties in Liberia. The study offers insight into how programs learn through evaluations and how to measure programmatic effects in difficult conditions, with vulnerable communities, and on a highly sensitive subject. 
Abstract 3 Title: Addressing Complexities of Identifying Sensitive Attitudes and Populations in Conflict-Affected Settings: Burundi Youth
Presentation Abstract 3: USAID interventions among youth in Burundi are intended to push this critical demographic away from violence.  The interventions’ backdrop is the 2016 election, marked by violence following the president’s decision to run for a third term.  Youth, paid by politicians, were often the culprits of attacks. In order to understand whether program interventions deterred youth from violence, it is necessary to probe beneficiary participation in violence.  The challenge here is twofold: first, is the difficulty in eliciting responses to sensitive questions; second, is accessing a beneficiary population that is mobile due to conflict and instability. This paper will discuss the use of List Experiments as a tool for addressing the complexity in answering sensitive questions among youth. Also, it will describe the methodological tools applied to counter the effects of mobility on sampling. More specifically, we will describe the use of replacement sampling and the approaches used to mitigate imbalance.  
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Session Abstract (150 words):  Addressing Complexity in Youth Program Evaluations

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