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

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The Future of Youth Program Evaluation: Tools for Linking Program Quality with Youth Outcomes

Session Number: 1063
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: out-of-school time, Outcomes Measurement, program quality
Session Facilitator: Laurie Browne [Director of Research - American Camp Association]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ann Gillard [Director of Research and Evaluation - Hole In The Wall Gang Camp]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 175

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Evaluations of youth outcomes and program quality are not new, but many youth program evaluations contain one or the other, not both.  Program quality evaluations tend to be process-oriented, qualitative, and grounded in research-based “best practices” for staff and program design.  Outcomes evaluations tend to focus on results of the program and uses quantitative approaches.  Given growing interest among funders and other youth program supporters in how programs foster specific outcomes, evaluators need tools for examining program quality and outcomes that are accessible and flexible.  In this skill-building session we will introduce two tools, the American Camp Association’s Youth Outcomes Battery and the Camp Program Assessment Tool. We will discuss strategies for using them together in a camp or youth program setting.  Participants will walk away with each of these tools and practical tips for training staff, collecting data, and using what you learn for program improvement and advocacy.   

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