Youth Program Evaluation

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ALIGN Resources ALIGN Resources

The Alberta ALIGN Association of Community Services actively supports members in their evaluation and outcomes initiatives - take a look through our resources!

ALIGN/Ministry OBSD Newsletter
ALIGN Journals
ALIGN Presentation and Training Resources
ALIGN Collaborative Documents and Initiatives
ALIGN Reports - Includes Annual Member Surveys - Stats and Data

California Tomorrow California Tomorrow

A Reflection, Dialogue, and Assessment Tool for Addressing Equity and Diversity in After School and Youth Programs
This tool is designed to assist program directors and staff members in assessing and expanding their programs’ efforts related to diversity and equity. It offers both a means of “taking stock” of current efforts and a set of benchmarks for the design and implementation of future work. We en-courage programs to use this tool as a basis for dialogue and to identify areas for further inquiry and development. We suggest that individuals begin by doing the assessment alone, then compare and discuss answers with colleagues

ccsme ccsme

Agency Program Tools (http://www.ccsme.org/info.php?id=147)
COMPASS-EZ™ - A self-assessment tool for behavioral health programs
DDCMHT - Dual Diagnosis in Mental Health Treatment
DDCYT - Dual Diagnosis Capabaility in Youth Treatment

Center for Youth Program Quality Center for Youth Program Quality

The Youth PQA is a research-validated and field-tested tool designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. This hands-on workshop prepares participants to conduct program self-assessment. Since the Youth PQA is an evidence-based assessment tool, it relies on observation and interview. At the training, videos provide an eye into after-school programming and participants get an almost-there experience. Notes and observations are used as evidence to score items. Participants also complete an Implementation plan that describes how they will conduct their own program self-assessment. The Basics training is also offered online

Youth Work Methods
After gathering data from a Youth Program Quality Assessment and creating a plan for improvement through participation in a Planning With Data training, program managers can choose to offer trainings to program staff that are aligned to the Improvement Plan. These interactive and hands-on courses provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Child Welfare Information Gateway

Tools for Evaluating Youth Programs
Listed resources explore ways to evaluate youth programs and help program administrators find appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to measure youth outcomes.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Logic Model Builder
Takes users through the process of developing a logic model that can help them evaluate their programs' effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and families. Instructions include program evaluation tools specific to family support and to prevention and postadoption services

Evaluation Resources
Introduction to program evaluation
Designing and conducting evaluation
Using logic models
Using evaluation data
Funding evaluation efforts
Evaluating child welfare programs.

ERIC Education Information Resource Centre ERIC Education Information Resource Centre

From Theory to Practice in the Design and Evaluation of Youth Development Programs: A Case Study The growing interest in youth development, prevention, and assessment has challenged professional practices relative to the design, implementation, and evaluation of youth development programs. This article sheds light on the need for continuous training and staff development in the areas of program development and documentation, using the observations and deductions from a field occurrence experienced by the author with a group of youth development practitioners. It also discusses a strategy designed to help practitioners to understand the research process and translate it into action. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)

Forum for Youth Investment Forum for Youth Investment

Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide To Assessment Tools Second Addition
Compares the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content, and technical properties of different program observation tools, including an instrument and updated technical and practical information about many of the tools.

From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes From Soft Skills to Hard Data reviews ten youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in after-school and other settings. For each tool, it provides sample items and crucial information about usability, cost, and evidence of reliability and validity

FYSB FYSB

The True Colors Fund’s True Inclusion Assessment Tool Free Tool Assesses LGBTQ Inclusiveness in Homeless Youth-Serving Agencies. Knowing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are overrepresented among homeless youth, many homeless youth-serving agencies aim to incorporate LGBTQ-inclusive and affirming practices in a nonjudgmental manner to ensure that all youth engaging in their programs feel safe and welcome there. But until recently, there was no reliable way to assess just how effective agencies have been at achieving this goal from young people’s and staff’s perspectives, and what else an agency might need to do to improve. The True Colors Fund’s True Inclusion Assessment Tool helps fill this information gap.

Search Institute Search Institute

What's Working? Tools for Evaluating Your Mentoring Program. Describes evaluation methods that give mentoring program providers a reliable way to assess the outcomes and benefits of participation in their programs. The evaluation kit contains focus group and interview questions, surveys, and related tools that address the effect of mentoring relationships on youth, the extent to which these relationships meet critical quality benchmarks, and how programs can be improved.

The eXchange The eXchange

Archived Webinar: Indigenous Approaches To Youth Program Evaluation webinar discussing the importance of incorporating culturally appropriate and responsive elements of Indigenous worldview into evaluating Aboriginal youth programs. We explored the principles of Indigenous program evaluation, how to develop an appropriate framework, and how to gain insight into how well the program is achieving its intended outcomes

The Forum for Youth Investment The Forum for Youth Investment

From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes From Soft Skills to Hard Data reviews ten youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in after-school and other settings. For each tool, it provides sample items and crucial information about usability, cost, and evidence of reliability and validity

Toolfind Toolfind

Toolfind from United Way! Toolfind is a free directory designed to help professionals in youth-serving programs find measurement tools for up to 14 youth outcome areas.

University of Connecticut  School of Family Studies Center for Applied Research University of Connecticut School of Family Studies Center for Applied Research

Assessing Outcomes in Child and Youth Programs: A Practical Handbook Revised Edition Whether you are making an evaluation plan, conducting a simple evaluation, or requiring the programs you fund to use a common set of youth outcomes and indicators, this handbook should be a resource for you

University of Wisconsin‐Madison and University of Wisconsin–Extension University of Wisconsin‐Madison and University of Wisconsin–Extension

Culturally Appropriate Programming: What Do We Know About Evidence Based Programs for Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Youth and their Families?(pdf).
With the growing interest in evidence‐based programs for the prevention of juvenile delinquency and other youth problems comes an increased concern about the cultural appropriateness of these programs for youth and families from various cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. The current research on how programs might vary in their effectiveness for youth and families from different cultural backgrounds is not conclusive. However, there is a growing body of research that is beginning to provide some insights. In this paper, we summarize what is known and what areas are in need of more research.

YouthREX YouthREX

Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing
Offers a program a simple 3-phase seven-step process for developing an evaluation plan, implementing the plan and using the findings to improve the program and promote the wellbeing of youth participants.