MAY 11 | Webinar Recap: YouthREX’s Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing

The YouthREX Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing provides youth programs with a step-by-step guide for evaluating their programs and then, using the findings to improve their programs and promote the wellbeing of their youth participants.

The Framework is centred on the notion that ‘good’ evaluation produces findings and insights that a program can use to learn and do it’s work even better.

On May 11, we hosted a conversation between Dr. Uzo Anucha, YouthREX Provincial Academic Director, Dr. Harjeet Badwall, Academic Lead of Customized Evaluation Supports (CES), and Dr. Sarah Todd, Eastern Hub Academic Director, about YouthREX’s Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing. This webinar was the first of our three-part series on YouthREX’s approach to understanding and measuring youth wellbeing.

We discussed the purpose and vision of our framework, and examined its three guiding lenses: learning-focused, youth engaged, and contextualized methods. We discussed how these lenses are uniquely suited to respond to the organizational, social and political context of grassroots youth programs.

You can check out the other webinars in the series here.


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

2. Learning from Evidence: External Communication
This factsheet looks at how to effectively communicate your work, so that you can establish, capture and share the legacy of your program’s impact on youth.

3. Evaluation Methodology: Different Ways to Collect Data
This factsheet looks at different types of data collection, and how the method you choose will depend on a few things: the program timeline, how many youth are involved in the program, and the type of programming.

4. Beyond Measure? The 10 Recommendations
This two page summary highlights 10 recommendations for funders of youth programs, youth sector capacity building organizations and youth organizations to develop responsive evaluation processes and practices.

5. Corrie Whitmore – A Mixed Methods Evaluation
This video looks at a Mixed Methods Evaluation of a primary care medical space designed for the Alaska Native Community.

6. What is youth involvement at mindyourmind?
Wellness is a dynamic, active process focused on learning and making choices. In one way, smoothies are a simple way to boost wellness and provide nutrients. These smoothie-making steps describe the process of youth involvement at mindyourmind.

7. Measuring your Social Impact: Using Results
Produced by the Social Investment Business and the Good Analyst, this video highlights how by collecting and analyzing results, organizations can gain management insights, allowing them to be more effective in the long run.

8. Broader Evidence for Bigger Impact
In this article, Lisbeth B. Schorr reviews the emergence of randomized trials as a way of understanding the impact of certain categories of interventions, and the reasons that experiments are not the only credible source of information about what works.

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.

Dr. Harjeet Badwall
Academic Lead, Customized Evaluation Supports, YouthREX
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, York University

Harjeet joined York University with over 18 years of social work practice experience as a counsellor in the areas of critical social work; community health; and anti-violence.  Her social work pedagogy aims to connect critical theories to practice through experiential learning.  Her research areas include anti-racist/anti-colonial social work practices; theory/practice connections; narrative therapy in social work; Youth work and intimate partner violence. Harjeet has supported ACT for Youth’s NOISE Project as a Faculty Adviser; she teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Sarah Todd
Academic Director, Eastern Hub, YouthREX
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University

Sarah’s scholarship and research focus on progressive social work education, theories of practice, gender and sexuality, and community work.  She is particularly concerned with how professional practices sustain relations of dominance and in enriching social work theory and practice to unsettle these dynamics.  Sarah has been co-applicant on a number of research projects; in 2015 she became principal investigator for a project linking a private sector tech firm with a national youth organization to develop digital tools for collecting sign in data from youth.

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