Youth Focused Evaluation

Samantha Grant on Getting Program Staff Invested in Evaluation

Hi, I’m Samantha Grant, and I work for the University of Minnesota Extension as a Program Evaluator for the Center for Youth Development. As evaluators, incorporating evaluation into a program is as natural as breathing but for program-focused individuals, it is often the last, painful thought. In my work I have tried to show the …

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Lisanne Brown on Involving Youth in Interviewing

I am Lisanne Brown, Director of Evaluation and Research at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). I lead a staff of 10 evaluators who evaluate LPHI’s programs. Increasingly we are also providing evaluation services to external organizations and programs throughout Louisiana. As part of an evaluation of a peer led HIV and AIDS prevention program …

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Rob Shumer on Conducting Youth Led Evaluation

What a concept: engaging youth in evaluation of youth/community programs! My name is Rob Shumer and I work at the University of Minnesota where I teach courses on participatory evaluation and youth participatory evaluation. I am a past president of the Minnesota Evaluation Association and have been involved in evaluation/service-learning for the past several decades. …

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Laura Cody on Evaluation Planning Process with Youth

My name is Laura Cody, and I am a Community Health Specialist at the Regional Center for Healthy Communities in Cambridge, MA.  We work with many substance abuse prevention coalitions helping them build on their strengths and reduce underage drinking in their communities.  I will describe a process we used with a group of youth …

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Kimberly Kay Lopez on Getting Creative With the Data You Collect and Use for Evaluations!

Hello, I am Kimberly Kay Lopez, I have a community-based evaluation and research practice based in Houston, Texas. My work is concentrated in participatory evaluation methods used for the evaluation of youth programs and services. Hot Tip: Using Photovoice in an Empowerment Evaluation: When working with youth, I have used the Empowerment Evaluation model many …

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Cheri Hoffman on Youth-Led Evaluation

I’m Cheri Hoffman, a program evaluator with Centerstone Research Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, evaluating two System of Care grants for children’s mental health. The values of a System of Care demand that the entire process, including the evaluation, be youth-guided. We recently trained selected members of the program’s youth council in research and program evaluation …

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Kim Sabo Flores on Engaging Youth in Evaluation

Hello fellow evaluators!! My name is Kim Sabo Flores and I am the creator of Evaluation Access, an evaluation capacity building organization that serves non-profit staff and youth participants.  I began my evaluation career with a focus on engaging children and youth in evaluation but soon realized that adult staff also needed support.  Over the …

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Samantha Grant on Conducting Evaluations With Youth

Hi, my name is Samantha Grant, and I work for the University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension Educator for Program Evaluation. Some of my work entails designing and implementing evaluations with youth in the 4-H program. I would like to share some tips when conducting evaluations with youth. Hot Tip – Build relationships: “Kids …

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Elizabeth Harris on A Measure of Youth Resiliency

Greetings colleagues!  I am Elizabeth Harris, Ph.D., Vice President of Evaluation, Management and Training Associates, Inc. (EMT).  The focus of this blog is a free resource for measuring youth resiliency that we developed out of necessity.  For over 25 years, we have focused our evaluation, technical assistance, and training work on the prevention of substance …

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