Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Evaluating Youth Development

Session Number: YFE1
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Kendra M Lewis [Evaluation Coordinator - University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources]
Presenter 1: Mary Elizabeth Arnold [Professor and 4-H Youth Development Speacialist - Oregon State University]
Presenter 2: Tatiana Bogatova [President - KeyStone Research Corporation]
Presenter 3: Danielle R. Eugene [Graduate Research Assistant - Louisiana State University ]
Presenter 4: Kendra M Lewis [Evaluation Coordinator - University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Ryan J Gagnon, Ph.D. [Assistant Professor - Clemson University-DPRTM]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Samuel Robison, PhD [Assistant Professor of Research - Louisiana State University]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Judith L F. Rhodes [Associate Professor of Research - LSU, Social Research and Evaluation Center]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: JoLynn Miller, UCCE 4-H [4-H Youth Development Advisor - University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (03:45 PM - 04:45 PM)
Room: CC - 25C

Abstract 1 Title: From Context to Outcomes: Measuring Positive Youth Development in 4-H Programs
Presentation Abstract 1: The 4-H program has claimed to have a positive impact on youth since its inception over 100 years ago. While there is plenty of systematic and anecdotal evidence to support this claim, there has not been a tested, comprehensive program model of the 4-H program to guide program planning and evaluation efforts. The 4-H Thriving Model was developed to articulate and measure the connection between participation in 4-H programs and youth development outcomes. Grounded in current adolescent developmental theory, the model predicts that participating in high quality 4-H programs helps youth thrive, and thriving youth, in turn, achieve key developmental outcomes. Sufficient measurement and structural qualities of the model have been established, resulting in an evaluation instrument that is now available for use in 4-H programs. This session will present an overview of the 4-H Thriving Model, the validated evaluation instrument, with guidance for using the model to inform program evaluation.
Abstract 2 Title: Evaluating a Youth-focused Workforce Development Program: How to Bring About a Transformational Change
Presentation Abstract 2: Erie Summer JAM (Jobs and More) is a youth-focused workforce development program. It is a collaborative effort of variety of funding agencies, employers, and social service organizations, which provides job readiness training and summer employment opportunities for disconnected youth living in poverty in Northwestern PA. This session will share the transformation of both the evaluation methods and the program based on the triangulation of data from all stakeholder groups. Overtime, the evaluation expanded from a simple analysis of administrative data and surveys of program satisfaction to include more in-depth understanding of the program’s operations through focus groups and a process analysis. This triangulation of data has provided an opportunity for more voices to be heard and significant program improvements.
Abstract 3 Title: Evaluating Louisiana's Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth (P3) Program
Presentation Abstract 3: The Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) is a federally funded project focused on unique, outcome-focused strategies for improving results for “disconnected youth.”  Louisiana’s P3 (LAP3) pilot project lasted three years, and targeted overage youths in grades 7-12 from at-risk populations attending two specialty (alternative) public schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LAP3 program staff developed strategies for enhanced case management and additional student support in conjunction with schools, the school district, workforce training providers, and college preparatory programs. LAP3 was a randomized control trial, with students tracked over time, even if they transferred to different schools, graduated, or enrolled in college. This presentation covers the evaluation strategy, outcome evaluation findings (separated into both educational and workforce domains), and lessons learned from the LAP3 program.
Abstract 4 Title: Retention of First-Year 4-H Members: A Multi-Year and Multi-State Study
Presentation Abstract 4: Out of school time programs, like 4-H, have been shown to have a positive impact on youth, but behavior change in extension programs is most likely to occur if offered with more frequency and duration over time. In-depth information is needed for a program to address the factors that are most important for keeping youth engaged in a program. The research study focuses on first-year experiences in 4-H in California, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, and Wyoming from the perspective of youths and adults (parents or guardians). Participants were asked why they enrolled themselves (or their child) in 4-H, their overall experience, what they liked best, and what they would change. Though results showed there was an overall positive experience, participants provided rich data on improvements that could be made in the local programs.
Audience Level: None

Session Abstract (150 words):  Evaluating Youth Development

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