Youth Program Evaluation

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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.

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.)

Excellence For Children and Youth Excellence For Children and Youth

Method Mini-Tool Kit
Focus Group Interviews: An Overview
Qualitative interviewing
Using Questionnaires
Case studies

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

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

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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

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.