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

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Multi-Level Participatory Evaluations: Local Examples of Young People Leading Evaluation and Research in their Communities

Session Number: 3017
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: 21st CCLC Programs, Afterschool Programs, Education, Government, Government performance & evaluaiton, youth participatory evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Maira Rosas-Lee [Minnesota Department of Education]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Eric Billiet [Expanded Learning Specialist]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 180

Other Authors: Students of the Minnesota Youth Council (third and fourth authors)
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

As evaluators look ahead to see how to evolve for the renewal of our profession, carving a path to the future of evaluation means involving our young people into the processes. While Youth Participatory Evaluation is increasing in practice, involving and engaging young people into evaluation projects as full partners rather than exploiting them as subjects of a program is still a challenge. This panel presentation will describe how young people, youth workers and evaluators at schools, nonprofits, community-based organizations and state agencies are working together in partnership at various stages of multiple evaluation projects around community initiatives that are impacting the promotion of long-term development and success of all young people in Minnesota. Session attendees will learn about key strategies and principles of working with young people that can improve and strengthen youth participatory evaluation efforts, and examples of successful youth participatory evaluation projects that can be replicated.



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