Strategies to Overcome Practical Limitations for Youth Participatory Evaluation
Session Number: 1825
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: youth participatory action research, youth program, youth-focused evaluation
Session Facilitator: Krista Collins [Director, Evaluation - Boys & Girls Clubs of America]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Krista Collins [Director, Evaluation - Boys & Girls Clubs of America]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Wendy Church [Vice President of Impact, Evaluation, and Learning - Positive Coaching Alliance]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kelly Murphy, PhD [Deputy Director, Youth Development - Child Trends]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kate Byrd LaVelle [Research Associate - University of Minnesota]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (05:45 PM - 06:45 PM)
Room: CC - 26B
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) occurs when youth are leading all evaluation activities, from designing evaluation questions to disseminating the results (Flores, 2007). While multiple case studies from local organizations have demonstrated the benefits of YPE for programs, youth and communities, these methods can often add more complexity and challenge to evaluation plans that therefore limits the feasibility and utility of this approach at larger youth-development focused agencies. Additional considerations are needed when setting timelines, budgets and expectations and these extra steps can easily deter leadership from investing in these innovative strategies to authentically engage young people in evaluation. This Think Tank will bring together evaluators from Child Trends, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Louisiana State University, and Positive Coaching Alliance to discuss feasible and realistic best practices for how to engage youth in a participatory evaluation activities throughout the lifecycle of a project.
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