Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Harnessing the power of youth: forging allies in better development

Session Number: 2414
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Foreign assistance, positive youth development, youth empowerment, youth participatory evaluation
Session Chair: Lily Asrat [Senior Evaluation Advisor - USAID]
Presenter 1: Annaliese M Limb [Senior Youth and HIV Advisor - USAID]
Presenter 2: Lily Asrat [Senior Evaluation Advisor - USAID]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (03:30 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: CC - 5

Abstract 1 Title: Promising Theories and Approaches in Youth Engagement and
Presentation Abstract 1:

The first presentation will provide an overview of traditional youth programming of past decades and contrast this with positive youth development approaches. The presenter will describe the PYD theory, framework, and expected outcomes and will discuss how USAID has applied these concepts in youth programming in sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS as well as other sectors. We will demonstrate how this approach has been successfully utilized and provide lessons learned to inform future youth programming.


Abstract 2 Title: Youth Led Evaluations: Challenges and Opportunities
Presentation Abstract 2:

The second presentation will highlight efforts that have actively engaged youth in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs. Challenges and opportunities in youth engagement as well as in the measurement of the PYD interventions will be discussed. Examples of indicators which measure the domains of: assets, agency, contribution, and enabling environments will be discussed. In addition to the traditional measurement approaches, innovative methods such as youth led and participatory action research will be highlighted including a description of the steps, costs, and benefits of these approaches.


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Speaking Truth to Power, AEA’s 2018 theme, provides an opportunity  to reflect on youth engagement not as beneficiaries, but as critical partners in project design, implementation, and evaluation. This swelling demographic coined “the youth bulge” has preoccupied development discourse in a primarily negative narrative. In contrast, approaches in positive youth development (PYD) have shown promise in empowering youth to gain agency, influence, and power. The approach fosters an environment where youth can build competencies, foster healthy relationships, and reach their full potential. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Youth in Development Policy recognizes that full participation of youth in development efforts contributes to more sustainable investments to end poverty, improve health, and build resilient, safe, and democratic societies. We will describe how USAID has applied this approach in project design, implementation, and evaluation and how this has the potential to transform youth and the societies where they live.



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