Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Learning from Youth-led Research and Evaluation

Session Number: 3126
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Adrienne Lemon [Director, Institutional Learning Team - Search for Common Ground]
Presenter 1: Jessica Best
Presenter 2: Laura Agnew [Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland ]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (02:15 PM - 03:00 PM)
Room: Washington 5

Abstract 1 Title: Listening and Learning: Giving Youth Skills and Opportunities through Research to Guide our Programs from the Start
Presentation Abstract 1:

This presentation discusses Search for Common Ground’s “Listening and Learning” method, an innovative youth-led and technically-advised approach to inquiry that is based on conversations to capture individual perspectives and experiences. Youth-led research and the “Listening and Learning” approach have been used in several countries at the beginning of a project to empower youth to be part of the reflection process, set goals and priorities for programs, and challenge their own and others’ assumptions about youth in communities. The presentation focuses on the value of engaging youth in this research activity at beginning of project start-up, and lessons learned for setting up M&E systems to respond to and measure the impact of research and inquiry-based engagement.


Presentation 1 Other Authors: Saji Prelis, Director of Children and Youth Division
Search for Common Ground
Abstract 2 Title: Letting Youth be the Judge: Youth-led Evaluations of Peacebuilding Programming
Presentation Abstract 2:

This presentation will discuss the design and implementation of a youth-led outcome evaluation of PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland (PPI – NI). PPI – NI operates peacebuilding and community relations programming centered on sport and leadership development activities for Catholic and Protestant children and youth ages 5 – 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Over the past year, adolescent participants in the organization’s leadership development program, known as “Champions for Peace,” have collected data focused on determining the program’s effectiveness in improving attitudes and relationships between Catholic and Protestant youth, and promoting self-confidence and leadership development among participants. The presentation will focus in particular on methodology, including how youth evaluators were trained and supported by PPI – NI throughout the design, data collection, analysis and report writing phases of the evaluation.


Presentation 2 Other Authors: Laura Agnew, M&E Specialist
PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland
Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

International development and peacebuilding organizations are making increasing use of youth-led research methods. In these approaches, youth play a leadership role in all stages of design, data collection, data analysis and results sharing, with professional supervision and guidance throughout the process to support the quality of research efforts. This panel will discuss the experiences of two international peacebuilding nonprofit organizations, Search for Common Ground and PeacePlayers International, in facilitating youth-led data collection at differing stages of the program cycle. One example will examine youth-led research conducted to inform program design and planning, while the other will discuss a youth-led outcome evaluation.



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