Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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From Learning to Action: Case Studies in Summer Program and Camp Evaluation

Session Number: 1208
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: capacity building, youth-focused evaluation
Session Facilitator: Ann Gillard [Director of Research and Evaluation - Hole In The Wall Gang Camp]
Workshop Lead Presenter: Ann Gillard [Director of Research and Evaluation - Hole In The Wall Gang Camp]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (11:15 AM - 12:00 PM)
Room: Washington 5

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This session explores ways actual camps and summer programs have shifted from “evaluation for accountability” to “evaluation for learning” to improve their programs and advocate to broad audiences. Using a case study approach, participants will identify ways summer program evaluators can foster a culture that supports sustainable systems of evaluation, learning, and action. Whether in the woods or in the city, for a single day or for multiple weeks, camp and summer experiences are fundamentally about learning. Youth and staff alike learn valuable skills such as personal and social skills that are critical in school and beyond. Evaluating these outcomes, however, is difficult because, unlike schools, camps and summer programs are dynamic, unpredictable places where evaluation can sometimes feel time-consuming and frightening. In this session, summer program and camp evaluators will discuss realistic ways to engage in evaluation and meaningful learning in this unique context.

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