Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Kids Say the Darndest Things: Challenges in Designing and Administering Surveys for Youth

Session Number: 2032
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
Tags: cognitive development, Survey Design, Survey Research, Youth
Session Facilitator: Jared Thomas Stevens [Graduate Assistant - University of Nebraska Lincoln]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jared Thomas Stevens [Graduate Assistant - University of Nebraska Lincoln]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Susan Marie Pense, Graduate Student [Graduate Assistant]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (12:30 PM - 01:30 PM)
Room: Hilton Minneapolis Ballroom ABC - Table 54

Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This presentation will facilitate a discussion on the complicated task of developing and using surveys with youth. Designing surveys for youth requires knowledge in educational, developmental, and survey methodology literature, as the type of prompts and questions used on traditional surveys may not be appropriate for younger audiences whose cognition, language, and reading skills are still developing. Discussion facilitators will draw upon their personal experiences designing and administering surveys for youth in the educational and after-school context. Session attendees will engage as a group to brainstorm, problem solve, and tell stories about the methodological, psychological, and practical challenges of designing and using surveys with youth. Some of our talking points include pre and post measures, retrospective survey designs, cognitive interviews, and creative approaches to surveying and evaluating children.

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