Youth Focused Evaluation

Program Design TIG Week: Research Activism for Youth: Facilitating a Virtual, Community-based Skill- Building Program by Asma M. Ali & Myles Castro

We are Asma M. Ali Ph.D. and Myles Castro MPH of the Sinai Urban Health Institute [SUHI] in Chicago. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recently changed the format of SUHI’s Research Activism for Youth [RAY] program from an in-person into a 100% virtual program. RAY is a 6-week community-based program that empowers youth ages …

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Interviewing Minors in Schools

We are Christine Crumbacher, PhD, Evaluation Specialist at Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, and Michael Sikes, PhD, independent Program Evaluator. Each of us evaluates educational programs that serve young people. Interviewing minors presents unique challenges. These include obtaining parental consent, interviewee participation, protecting participants, and collecting detailed data. Hot Tip: Know district policies concerning …

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Increasing Youth Engagement in Focus Groups by Taneisha Lee

Hello! My name is Taneisha Lee, CEO of Transformative Research and Evaluation, an independent research and evaluation consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia.  We are currently evaluating a Minority Youth Violence Prevention II (MYVP2) grant-funded program for one of our clients, Clayton County System of Care. Two of the grant’s goals are to reduce youth crime …

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YFE TIG Week: Creating Youth Inclusive Spaces within Adult-Centric Events by Ross VeLure Roholt

Hello, I am Ross VeLure Roholt, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.  This year I collaborated with others on the YFE TIG to sponsor and host a group of young people to attend and participate in the American Evaluation Association meeting in Minneapolis.  Over the last decade youth-led evaluation has grown in scope and …

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YFE TIG Week: Assessing Social and Emotional Skills by Amy Hardeman

Greetings AEA365 readers! I am Amy Hardeman Zangari, Director of Content & Learning at the International Youth Foundation. Last month, I attended my first-ever AEA conference and had the opportunity to co-present a think tank session, Measuring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Youth Learners: Which Assessment Approach is Best?, with my IYF colleague, Pia Saunders …

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YFE TIG Week: Climbing Hart’s ladder: Methods for engaging youth in evaluation and decision-making by Cara Karter

Hello, I’m Cara Karter, a youth-focused evaluator at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. If you attended the Eval2019 poster session, you may have had the chance to chat with me about this topic. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, now is your chance! What is youth engagement? Youth engagement is …

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YFE TIG Week: Dipping your toes into youth focused evaluation by Lizzie Esposito

Hello! My name is Lizzie Esposito and I am working with Courageous heARTS, a youth-led nonprofit art studio in the heart of south Minneapolis. I am serving with heARTS for one year as an Americorps promise fellow, and have the opportunity to have many new experiences in the world of youth work, nonprofits and education. Daily, …

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YFE TIG Week: The Youth Opportunity Initiative by Elizabeth Kim

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Kim, Manager of Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning at the International Youth Foundation (IYF). One of IYF’s strategic objectives is to increase economic opportunity for youth by bridging connections among learning systems, communities, and employers, and creating pathways to self-employment or career opportunities. The Youth Opportunity Initiative is one of …

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YFE TIG Week: Elevating Youth Focused Evaluation by Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt

Hi, we’re Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt, Site Visit Coordinator and incoming Chair for the Youth Focused Evaluation Topical Interest Group (YFE TIG). Over the last decade, youth-led and youth participatory evaluation has become mainstream. Now, funding organizations often require youth voice in the design of youth programs and in their evaluation. This year …

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The Wisdom of Youth by Richard Chase

I’m Richard Chase. Greetings from Wilder Research in St. Paul, where I have been involved in youth-focused evaluations for about 35 years. When it comes to youth programs, we’ve known for a long time that successful programs both prevent problems and promote development. Consequently, I use the risk and protective factor framework for evaluating youth …

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