Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Not an afterthought – engaging youth throughout an evaluation

Session Number: 2088
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Youth, youth-focused evaluation
Session Chair: Christen Pentek [University of Minnesota]
Discussant: Becky Stewart [Chief Practice Officer - The Improve Group]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: CC - 26B

Audience Level: Advanced

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Panelists will discuss promising practices for working with youth throughout an evaluation. Youth can often be treated like an afterthought in an evaluation that affects them; this panel will address how to involve youth authentically. Panelists will discuss epistemologies on working with young people in rigorous data inquiry projects and strategies for meaningfully including youth at every stage in evaluation projects (particularly across divergent perspectives). They will also address frequent challenges to youth involvement, for example how to make the case to a funder that youth should be involved, how to be mindful of power differentials between youth and adults, and how to set up fair compensation. Panelists will share experiences from recent work with youth, including hiring a youth evaluation team for a large school-based project. These examples will illustrate how youth are community experts who have the right to participate in evaluation projects that significantly impact their lives.

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