Evaluation Framework

The YouthREX Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing offers a youth program a three-phase process to develop an evaluation plan, implement the plan, and use the findings to improve the program and support the wellbeing of young people.  

PHASE 1:
DISCOVERY

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STEP 01 
PRE-EVALUATION CHECK UP
Where is your organization on your evaluation journey and what is your capacity to undertake this journey? What are your evaluation assets? What resources do you need to successfully complete this journey?

STEP 02 
UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROGRAM USING LOGIC MODELING
What is your program theory? What are your program components and your intended outcomes? A logic model is a visual representation of your program and how it is intended to work.

PHASE 2:
ACTION

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STEP 03
FOCUSING AND PLANNING YOUR EVALUATION
Before you set outon your evaluation journey, gather your stakeholders and develop a roadmap (evaluation plan) for your evaluation journey.

STEP 04
COLLECTING EVIDENCE FOR A PROCESS & OUTCOME EVALUATION
Collect data + stories to answer your process and outcome evaluation questions.

STEP 05
ANALYZING, INTERPRETING AND ANIMATING EVIDENCE
Identify themes in your qualitative data, patterns or trends in your quantitative data, and make sense of your findings.

PHASE 3:
LEGACY

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STEP 06
LEARNING FROM EVIDENCE: INTERNAL COMMUNICATION
Turn the sense-making into learning that strengthens your program and improves the wellbeing of your youth participants. Use your evaluation insights and findings to inform decisions that improve your program.

STEP 07
LEARNING FROM EVIDENCE: EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION
Share your evaluation findings in a variety of oral and written formats tailored to different audiences to help stakeholders understand the REAL story about your program.

GUIDING LENSES

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A Learning Focused Lens
Will the evaluation produce insights and findings that can be used by the youth program to improve and promote youth wellbeing?

A Youth-Engaged Lens
Does the evaluation meaningfully engage youth participants?

A Contextualized Methods Lens
Does the evaluation design + methods allow a youth program to tell rich stories of their processes and outcomes that acknowledge the complexity and dynamism of youth work?

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Visit our interactive Evaluation Toolkit, and walk through each of the three phases and seven steps.
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