Youth at the Center at Every Step—From Design to Interpreting and Reporting Results

Session Number: 1963
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Theo Leenman [Research Consultant - Harder+Company]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Jennifer Herrera [Research Assistant - Harder+Company Community Research]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Haley Mousseau [Director of Research & Evaluation - Larkin Street Youth Services]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VI

Abstract 1 Title: Youth at the Center at Every Step—From Design to Interpreting and Reporting Results
Presentation Abstract 1:

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) facilitates meaningful stakeholder involvement and collaboration, bringing diverse voices to the research table. Human-Centered Design (HCD) drives processes for identifying and designing innovative solutions in a community. Both frameworks call for continuous engagement at every stage of the research process and both were used in tandem with one another to amplify the voices of youth receiving housing services and wraparound care from Larkin Street Youth Services, a non-profit in San Francisco. Our team and the Director of Research & Evaluation at Larkin Street will describe how we applied CBPR and HCD to engage youth stakeholders in an evaluation of Larkin Street’s housing programs. Specifically, we will discuss how we used HCD to “right size” the CBPR approach with youth. Panel participants will receive deeper understandings of CBPR and HCD, and how they can be leveraged with cultural humility to gauge program effectiveness.


Presentation 1 Other Authors: This panel will also incorporate a video which allows Larkin Street youth clients to speak on their experiences with the evaluation.
Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) facilitates meaningful stakeholder involvement and collaboration, bringing diverse voices to the research table. Human-Centered Design (HCD) drives processes for identifying and designing innovative solutions in a community. Both frameworks call for continuous engagement at every stage of the research process and both were used in tandem with one another to amplify the voices of youth receiving housing services and wraparound care from Larkin Street Youth Services, a non-profit in San Francisco. Our team and the Director of Research & Evaluation at Larkin Street will describe how we applied CBPR and HCD to engage youth stakeholders in an evaluation of Larkin Street’s housing programs. Specifically, we will discuss how we used HCD to “right size” the CBPR approach with youth. Panel participants will receive deeper understandings of CBPR and HCD, and how they can be leveraged with cultural humility to gauge program effectiveness.