APRIL 07 | Webinar Recap: Beyond Measure? The State of Evaluation and Action in Ontario’s Youth Sector

There is an urgent need for evaluation processes and practices that can make evaluation less burdensome and more efficient for programs.

-Key Message from Beyond Measure? The State of Evaluation and Action in Ontario’s Youth Sector by YouthREX

On April 7, 2016, we hosted a sector-wide review and discussion of Beyond Measure? The State of Evaluation and Action in Ontario’s Youth Sector, a report that synthesizes findings from YouthREX’s original province-wide study that was designed to deepen our understanding of the evaluation capacity and needs of Ontario’s youth sector.

Our study aimed to answer the following questions:

  • How do organizations across Ontario’s youth sector experience and conduct evaluation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of doing research and evaluation in small and large-scale youth sector organizations?
  • What are the strengths and gaps in research and evaluation capacity among youth sector organizations across the province?
  • What promising evaluation and research practices exist within the sector?

This webinar provided participants with the opportunity to hear about what we learned and share feedback on the key messages and recommendations offered in this report. We learned so much from all of our special guest speakers and appreciated everyone’s time and wisdom.

This webinar featured:

YouthREX will be hosting more conversations on our Beyond Measure? report in the weeks and months to come. Stay tuned! In the meantime, please be sure to check out the resources we’ve curated based on the comments and suggestions from our webinar guests below.


1. Webinar Slides
This is the slide deck for this webinar.

2. Beyond Measure? The State of Evaluation and Action in Ontario’s Youth Sector
Read YouthREX’s study that examined the experiences of youth-serving agencies with conducting evaluation of their programs and services.

3. Aboriginal Epistemology
This chapter by Willie Ermine surveys the fundamental differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal epistemologies (the study of knowledge and justified belief).

4. A Strategy for Change: Supporting Teachers and Improving First Nations, Métis, and Inuit School Successes in Provincially Funded Northwestern Ontario Schools
This paper sets out a research plan to balance and achieve the needs of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal in the critical area of education.

5. The Power of Reflection: An introduction to participatory evaluation techniques
English | French

This report presents a theoretical introduction to participatory evaluation and three simple evaluation techniques that can be used by any community group or network.

6. Indigenous Approaches to Program Evaluation
This resource looks at Program Evaluation and includes evaluation activities, frameworks, program logic models and more.

7. Participatory Evaluation with Young People
This workbook contains practical tools and learning activities to use in your community.

8. Insights on Supporting Small, Community-Based Youth Development Organizations Through Responsive Capacity Building
From the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund, this resource shares reflections on capacity building for small community-based organizations.

9. Evaluation as Strategy
This YouthREX webinar looked at how to meaningfully integrate evaluation into work so it can contribute to an overall culture of learning within an organization

Alexander Lovell
Research and Evaluation Director

Alexander Lovell is a geographer with several years of experience researching issues relating to youth, community health and well-being. He has authored and co-authored 7 peer-reviewed articles concerning ethnic enclaves, immigration, and diasporas and has led community-based projects on health and social services.

Betul Keles
Program Manager
Laidlaw Foundation

Betul is a Program Manager at the Laidlaw Foundation where she oversees all grant making activities and initiatives. She has international experience in community development and and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from McGill University.

Dr. John Akweniiostha Hodson is of Mohawk descent and turtle clan. He has worked in Aboriginal education at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in Canada and internationally for over 20 years, and has published widely on the subject. As director of Maamaawisiiwin, Dr. Hodson provides leadership to this independent, non-aligned centre of inquiry that offers culturally appropriate teacher development programming and research services to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Jermal Alleyne
Program Director
Next Gen Men

Jermal is the primary facilitator for Next Gen Men’s after-school programs, working closely with parents, schools, and community partners. He has five years of experience working with youth and holds an honours degree in Public Health from Brock University. Jermal’s commitment to Next Gen Men’s mission comes from both his professional background in public health and youth work, as well as supporting his family through personal experiences with mental health issues.

Alison Sterling
Knowledge Exchange Specialist
Health Nexus

Alison provides support and expertise in the fields of health promotion and information management at Health Nexus. She also supports the HC Link program in finding and applying practice and research evidence and strategies that can help groups partner, plan and evaluate collaboratively. She has more than 25 years experience in community-based research and evaluation, writing, practice, and building health promotion capacity online and at local, provincial, and national levels.


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