Youth Focused Evaluation

YFE TIG Week: Youth at the Center of MERL Practices by Pia Saunders Campbell and Alejandra De Freitas

Hello, I am Pia Saunders Campbell, Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Communications Co-Chair of the Youth-Focused Evaluation TIG, here with my colleague Alejandra De Freitas.  IYF’s belief that educated, employed, and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems inherently leads to a …

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YFE TIG Week: Advancing Youth Equity through YPE by Nou Yang

I am Nou Yang from The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), a program of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. YLI’s mission is to develop the next generation of multicultural leaders who have the skills and desire to contribute to making a thriving and inclusive community. YLI has been practicing Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) for a number of …

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YFE TIG Week: Co-leading evaluations with youth by Cara Karter and Julian Brown

Hello, we are Cara Karter, evaluator at After School Matters (ASM), and Julian Brown, former research and evaluation intern at ASM and current Chicago Public High School student. This summer we worked together on a mixed-methods implementation evaluation of an ASM initiative with the Chicago Police Department. This was the first time the Research & …

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YFE TIG Week: Engaging young people in online consultations using Slack by Dr. Natasha Koustova and Kimberly Bowman

We are Dr. Natasha Koustova and Kimberly Bowman and we work with Girl Guides of Canada.  Girl Guides represents nearly 100,000 girls and women across Canada and aims to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls.  As staff, we look for opportunities to meaningfully incorporate girls and ‘girl-voice’ into the organization’s design, research and evaluation …

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YFE TIG Week: Purple slushy data points: lessons learned from program evaluation in high school settings by Scott Mengebier

Hi, I’m Scott Mengebier and I work with an Evaluation team for a national foundation. For the past year, I have been leading our program evaluation in research compliance nationally, and driving data collection on a regional level for our largest project: measuring the impact of a social-emotional learning intervention on high schoolers’ academic performance …

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YFE TIG Week: Establishing and Maintaining Child and Youth Advisory Committees by Mónica Ruiz-Casares

I am Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Program Chair of the Youth Focused Evaluation TIG. I am Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University and Researcher at the Sherpa University Institute in Montreal. I am also member of the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP), a group of academic and research centers, non-government …

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Getting good survey data from youth by Betsy Olson

I am Betsy Olson, Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Center for Youth Development. I have been working in youth development for very nearly 10 years and yet young people still surprise me every day. Most recently, I was surprised at the depth of response I received from an open ended online survey question. …

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CEA Week: Valuing Youth Voices in Evaluation by Amanda Lambie, Cara Karter, and Michelle Lopez

Hello, we are Amanda Lambie, Cara Karter, and Michelle Lopez, three members of the Research & Evaluation team at After School Matters. As internal evaluators for an out-of-school time provider, we highly value youth voice as an essential ingredient in positive youth development. So we love that this year’s AEA theme is Speak Truth to …

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YFE TIG Week: Julie Poncelet, Kim Sabo-Flores, and Kai Fierle-Hedrick on Creating Local Evaluation teams.

We are Julie Poncelet, Kim Sabo-Flores, and Kai Fierle-Hedrick with Algorhythm, a company that builds solutions to ignite ongoing learning and drive impact in the nonprofit sector. We recently conducted a participatory evaluation with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation that focused on the impact of its Amplifying Student Voice and Leadership (ASVL) grant fund: a …

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YFE TIG Week: Sara Plachta Elliott and Alicia McCormick on Youth-Led Quality Improvement

We are Sara Plachta Elliott, executive director of the Youth Development Resource Center in Detroit, and Alicia McCormick, youth development director at Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, a community development organization in Detroit that provides a variety of youth programs. We collaborate to improve youth program quality, making the improvement process more youth-led along the way. Many …

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