What We Do

YouthREX promotes the integration of research evidence and evaluation in the development and delivery of Ontario’s youth programs.

Our four regional hubs engage local grassroots, youth serving organizations, academic partners, youth and policy stakeholders in our three streams of work.

Knowledge Exchange

Creating opportunities for knowledge to action processes by sharing youth research and evaluation findings in accessible ways.


What We Do:

  • Curate and share youth research and evaluation findings in accessible ways
  • Develop practical resources/tools and facilitating opportunities for people to share experiences and knowledge
  • Support knowledge to action processes

Activities and Initiatives include:

  • Our online space connecting shared knowledge to youth work, the eXchange
  • Webinars on topics related to youth wellbeing and evaluation in a youth sector context
  • Events and workshops – visit our Regional Hub pages for activities in each region

Capacity Building

Facilitating learning and networking opportunities for the grassroots youth sector.

 What we do:

  • Provide professional development opportunities such as skill-building workshops and certificate courses
  • Facilitate spaces for convening meaningful dialogue and action


Activities and initiatives include:

Customized Evaluation Supports

Free one-on-one program evaluation supports for grassroots youth sector organizations across Ontario to track, measure and share the impact of their work with youth.

What we do:

  • Support grassroots groups to share the story of their impact
  • Customized supports to identify what outcomes to measure (particularly outcomes aligning with those identified in Stepping Up)
  • Develop evaluation leadership capacity; support around selection of measures, data collection, and analysis
  • Advise on basic processes to consider when engaging in research/evaluation activities with young people (i.e. informed consent, confidentiality, anonymity, and ethical data analysis and interpretation).