What Happens When Youth Are Empowered To Speak Their Truth(s)? Youth Participatory Evaluation in a Public School System
Session Number: 2468
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: young people
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Maren S. G. Henderson [Evaluation Specialist - Minneapolis Public Schools]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Cristian Luis Cardenas [Evaluation Specialist]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Room: CC - 25C
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
Minneapolis Public Schools is the first district in the country to systematically implement a Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) program across all 30 middle and high schools. Since 2015, youth teams have collected data from peers and adults in their school, analyzed this information, and presented recommendations to school administration and district leadership. This session will briefly present our process to empower youth as evaluators. Then, we will share what we have learned from youth who speak their truth(s), as captured by a meta-analysis of YPE projects over three years and youth-led focus groups about their YPE experience. Finally, we will present the results of our ripple effect mapping efforts, which models the impact of participating in YPE and that youth evaluators can have on their schools and the district.
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