Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Camping by Design

Session Number: 2231
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Keith Russell [Director, 4-H Camp Millstone - North Carolina State University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Benjamin Silliman [Professor & Extension Specialist - North Carolina State University]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Washington 5

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: Beginner

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This skill-building workshop describes a multi-year process integrating understanding by design (UBD) into planning, implementation, and evaluation with three resident summer camps operated by one youth organization. The UBD process is client-centered, theory-driven, and utilization-focused strategy that fosters program and evaluation capacity in a wide range of community-based programs. Authentic assessment is featured as a tool to enhance program delivery, participant and staff development, consistent with UBD’s six facets of understanding (e.g., explanation, interpretation, application, perspective, empathy, self-knowledge). This approach proved remarkably consistent with both experiential learning practices and evaluation standards (e.g., propriety, feasibility, accuracy, utilization). The UBD implementation process underlines the significance of learning-to-action between an evaluator and program team(s) in developing a feasible, flexible, and sustainable evaluation plan that serves a wide range of stakeholders. Discussion will focus on “what works” from the perspectives of participants, programming, and evaluation, reflecting on both outcomes and process.

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