Aug 18 | Webinar Recap: Ask Us Anything About Youth Program Evaluation

On August 18, we were joined by Dr. Uzo Anucha, YouthREX Provincial Academic Director, Jessica Noble, YouthREX’s Central Hub Manager, and Corliss Bean, a YouthREX Research and Evaluation Specialist, who answered a series of questions about youth program evaluation.

This webinar included questions that were submitted ahead of time from the public, but also featured questions that we received live during the hour. These questions covered different facets of evaluation, including benefits, challenges, practical tips and more!

Sample questions included:

  • How can our small program with an even smaller budget justify spending resources on evaluation?
  • Our organization has more than one program. How do we choose which program to evaluate considering our tight budget?
  • We know that getting community buy-in begins before starting an evaluation is important but we don’t know where to start. What are effective strategies to do this?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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

2. YouthREX’s CES Pledge
We are committed to providing you with excellent Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) that reflect the six standards that make up our Service Pledge.

3. Identifying Key Stakeholders and their Roles in an Evaluation
This worksheet is intended to guide evaluators and program personnel in reflection and decision making around involving stakeholders in evaluation.

4. 10 Ways to Meaningfully Engage Underrepresented Youth
Developed for YouthREX by three community partners, this factsheet clearly identifies 10 ways to engage underrepresented youth.

5. Engaging Youth In Research And Evaluation: Benefits For Youth & Organizations
Meaningful youth involvement in research and evaluation can support the outcomes that the youth sector is working to achieve.

6. Evaluation Methodology: Different Ways To Collect Data
This factsheet outlines various ways to collect data including a Document Review, Quantitative/numeric data sources, Qualitative data sources, and Mixed Methods.

7. Webinar: Art Jams – Evaluation Outside the Lines
This webinar explained how art jams – collaborative and improvisational art-making gatherings – can support youth organizations with evaluation, communication and advocacy.

8. Factsheet: Art Jams: Evaluation Outside The Lines
This factsheet was developed from the above mentioned webinar.

9. Learning From Evidence: External Communication
By effectively communicating your work, you will be able to establish, capture and share the legacy of your program’s impact on youth.

10. The World Cafe
This website offers a complete introduction and several guides to the methodology, as well as stories, photos and a community of practitioners

11. What is World Cafe?
In this video, Samantha Tan describes the essence of World Cafe, a powerful method for bringing people together for lively conversations around questions that matter.

Dr. Uzo Anucha
Provincial Academic Director, YouthREX
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, York University

Uzo’s scholarship, teaching and professional activities focus on promoting equity and access for diverse communities within local, national and international contexts; she conceptualizes her engaged research agenda as a community dialogue that must fully engage the community studied. From 2009 to 2014, Uzo was the Principal Investigator of the Assets Coming Together for Youth Project (ACT for Youth), a community-university research partnership funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant.

Corliss Bean
Research and Evaluation Specialist, YouthREX

As well as being a YouthREX team member, Corliss is also doctoral student at the University of Ottawa where her research focus is in positive youth development, and specifically, the development, implementation, and evaluation of youth programs, with a particular focus on sport and physical activity. She has several years of experience in conducting process and outcome evaluations and working with community-based youth organizations to build capacity around youth programming. Moreover, she has worked with two national sport organizations in the development and evaluation of various programs, including a training program for youth golf instructors to build their capacity around teaching life skills through sport.

Jessica Noble
Central Hub Manager, YouthREX

Over the past several years, Jessica has conducted process and outcome evaluations on youth-focused, community-based projects, including a recent role as a project coordinator for an access-to-education program. She has a special interest aiding in evaluations for prevention programs utilizing a participatory approach. Community engagement through evaluations is a key process of community development, building capacity, and ensuring a variety of voices are heard.

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