Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Youth Speaking Truth To Power

Session Number: YFE3
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Mónica Ruiz-Casares [Associate Professor & Investigator - McGill University & SHERPA-Institut Universitaire]
Presenter 1: Michelle Abraczinskas [Graduate Student - University of South Carolina]
Presenter 2: Cynthia Gonzalez
Presenter 3: Claudia Paola Olavarría [Researcher - Eval Chile]
Presenter 4: Wendy Church [Vice President of Impact, Evaluation, and Learning - Positive Coaching Alliance]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Nicole Zarrett [University of South Carolina]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Antonella Guidoccio [General Coordinator of Evaluation - Ministry of Modernisation Argentina]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Cinthia Josette Arevalo [PhD - George Washington University]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC - 25C

Abstract 1 Title: Youth Speaking Truth to Power: Qualitative Findings related to Individual and Systems Change from a Physical Activity Related Photo Voice Project
Presentation Abstract 1: The paper aim is to report qualitative results from a six-week youth participatory action research (YPAR) project. The results focus on individual and systems change from the perspectives of youth and program administrators. In one ASP, YPAR was implemented alone. In the other, it was paired with a larger physical activity intervention. In collaboration with adult partners, groups of youth took pictures of facilitators and barriers to physical activity, made a poster, and advocated for changes in their program and school. Compared to the YPAR only program, a greater number of youth in the paired program shared that participation helped them make friends and built their confidence. More youth in the YPAR only program shared that participating motivated them to be physically active. Based on administrative report, systems level changes occurred in the paired program, such as the addition of an exercise break during the school day.
Abstract 2 Title: Implementing Program Evaluation: The Young Ethnographers Program
Presentation Abstract 2: The Los Angeles Promise Zone (LAPZ) is an initiative to improve public education, safety, jobs, and housing opportunities for people living in various neighborhoods in central Los Angeles (L.A.). The initiative involves public, private, and community partners to affect change in 5 LA neighborhoods: Hollywood, East Hollywood, Pico-Union, Koreatown, and Westlake. The LAPZ developed a summer opportunity program for rising 11th grade students to increase civic engagement, reduce summer learning loss, provide workforce preparation, and inspire/encourage post-secondary aspirations funded by change. The Young Ethnographers Program is a six-week summer participatory research youth training program in which rising seniors will develop skills in community assessments, resume building, and college readiness, while also participating in weekly outings to learn more about the history, culture, and current dynamics in their neighborhoods. This presentation will involve an evaluation of the program model.
Abstract 3 Title: Quick guide to incorporate young and emerging evaluators to organizations: What works?
Presentation Abstract 3: Since year 2015 a strong movement of young and emerging evaluators is arising in Latin America with a demand for a space to take part in the strengthening processes that are taking place in the evaluation field in the region.  Young and emerging evaluators are building regional and national chapters of EvalYouth and building strategies to get involved in the process of achieving the EvalAgenda 2020 goals with great commitment. However, a close involvement of these young evaluators teams with regional and national evaluators organizations is required to put this energy into value and ensure the development of all its potential.  The quick guide presented in this paper was developed as a compilation of lessons learned from the experience of 8 evaluation associations in Latin America. It proposes a series of steps and tips to successfully integrate young evaluators to organizations in the LAC region.
Abstract 4 Title: Taking Stock and Making Sense: A Practical Framework for Using Wildly Diverse Impact Evaluation Studies
Presentation Abstract 4: Nonprofit organizations often conduct many evaluation studies on various elements of their programming over time.  These studies can represent a wide range of goals, populations, and methodologies, and include a variety of findings.   They’re also often conducted by different evaluators, and vary in their rigor.  Given this, how can we summarize findings from groups of studies to make them useful? Here we share a framework for assessing sets of studies, and a process to succinctly summarize their findings to both demonstrate impact, and to inform organizational decisions  that incorporate the voices of various program beneficiaries.   The framework includes a practical rubric that reflects best practices for elements such as effect size, generalizability and statistical significance.  Session participants will take away ideas for framing their own sets of impact studies, and how to apply that framing to organizational strategy, program development, and marketing efforts.
Audience Level: None

Session Abstract (150 words):  Youth Speaking Truth To Power


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