Participatory YFE Methods

Session Number: YFE1
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Mónica Ruiz-Casares [Associate Professor & Investigator - McGill University & SHERPA-Institut Universitaire]
Presenter 1: Vikram Koundinya [Evaluation Specialist - University of California (UC)- Davis & UC Cooperative Extension]
Presenter 2: Fatimats Kane [Feed the Futre Senegal Jeunesse en Agriculture]
Presenter 3: Scout Black [Research Associate - Smith & Lehmann Consulting, Inc]
Presenter 4: Scout Black [Research Associate - Smith & Lehmann Consulting, Inc]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Ya Cor Ndione [Associate National Director - USAID, Feed the Future Senegal Youth inAgriculture]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Thomas Archibald [Associate Professor and Extension Specialist - Virginia Tech]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Patrick Dorion [Senior Consultant - Smith & Lehmann Consulting ]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Erika Lehmann [President - Smith & Lehmann Consulting, Inc]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Patrick Dorion [Senior Consultant - Smith & Lehmann Consulting ]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Erika Lehmann [President - Smith & Lehmann Consulting, Inc]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (03:45 PM - 04:45 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VII

Abstract 1 Title: An Innovative Evaluation Method to Measure Outcomes from a Youth Education Program
Presentation Abstract 1:

To evaluate the engagement of 6-11 year-olds with a garden-to-table lunch cooking program, we used “pizza surveys” to measure the outcomes related to self-efficacy, behavioral intention, food system education, and teamwork. In this program students make salads and pizzas with garden vegetable and herb toppings. Four statements related to each of the outcomes were presented above large pizza images mounted on magnetic board. Each pizza image had three slices representing different answers that students could select. Each student received four toppings with magnetic backs to answer each of the four statements. We are collecting data using this method from each field trip group. We will compare the “pizza survey” results with the results from previous methods, which relied mostly on traditional paper surveys. We will present the details of our method, show a video of the method, and share our results and any other feedback we get about the method.


Presentation 1 Other Authors: Maggie Gunn, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension<br /><br />Wei-ting Chen, Nutrition Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
Abstract 2 Title: Culturally Responsive Participatory Youth Evaluation of Positive Youth Development in Senegal
Presentation Abstract 2:

Recent years have witnessed increased attention accorded to participatory evaluation approaches. Yet most of the established approaches in participatory evaluation, including in youth participatory evaluation, emanate from the globe north; as such, the extent to which these approaches are valid, feasible, and desirable in--for instance--a country such as Senegal, remains an open question. The purpose of this presentation is to share insights and lessons from our process of co-designing and co-leading a culturally responsive participatory youth evaluation approach focused on a positive youth development initiative in Senegal. In our evaluation approach, we worked with youth participant-evaluators to develop and adapt an approach informed by indigenous and decolonizing methods, all in the service of arriving at more valid, ethical, credible, and defensible evaluation results on the processes and outcomes of a USAID-supported positive youth development project in Senegal.


Abstract 3 Title: Data Collected by Youth, From Youth, For the Improved Outcomes of Youth: YPAR Journey of Youth Researchers
Presentation Abstract 3:

Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a critical way evaluations and assessments can promote equality, diversity, and the protection of human rights. For youth-serving intervention programs, true youth-adult partnerships in evaluation not only increase the equity, validity, and value of the research, but also bring important voices to the table that have previously been silenced. Through the evaluation of the Adolescent Health Project (AHP), an intervention program in Omaha, Nebraska related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, we have infused Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) into our evaluation and empowered a team of budding researchers and community change makers to design research projects, carry out data collection and analysis, and present their findings to key stakeholders and community members. This presentation journeys the past two years of YPAR work through the evaluation, shared by the youth researchers themselves, and offers solutions to barriers, lessons learned, and ideas for replication.


Presentation 3 Other Authors: Molly Ashofrd, Katera Brown, Sabina Eastman, Bella Filips, Luke Koesters, Logan Miller, Jamie Sutula
Abstract 4 Title: Youth in Focus: YPAR PhotoVoice
Presentation Abstract 4:

Youth-serving programs face a unique evaluation paradox: Professional evaluators provide methodological expertise, but lack first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a young person today. Our youth participatory action research (YPAR) team of youth and young adult researchers employed PhotoVoice methods with local adolescents to ground the evaluation of a youth-serving health intervention program in the lived experiences of those most impacted by the project. Combining these two innovative, participatory methods produces data collected by youth, from youth, for the improved outcomes of youth, and provides authentic results to project grantees, management, funders, and the broader community. This presentation, shared by the youth researchers who conducted the PhotoVoice project, will include the overall project planning, recruitment process, results, barriers, and lessons learned, as well as applications for replication.


Presentation 4 Other Authors: Molly Ashford<br />Katera Brown<br />Sabina Eastman<br />Bella Filips<br />Luke Koesters<br />Logan Miller<br />Jamie Sutula
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Participatory YFE Methods