Valuing Youth Work: Seven Evidence-Based Messages for Decision-Makers on Youth Work and its Evaluation7 months ago 7 months ago
This factsheet was developed by Tania de St Croix and Louise Doherty at King’s College London.
HERE’S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET:
This factsheet explores seven evidence-based messages on youth work and its evaluation across three themes:
The value of youth work ~
1. Youth work is highly valued by young people, particularly those in disadvantaged communities.
2. Youth work is effective in addressing complex issues – yet it must always start from young people’s interests and concerns.
Evaluating youth work ~
3. Evaluation methods must be flexible, adaptable, and suitable.
4. Young people and youth workers should be central to the design, testing, implementation, and review of new methods of evaluation.
5. Youth work should not be burdened with responsibility for outcomes over which it has no direct control.
Supporting youth work to flourish ~
6. Long-term, sustainable investment in open youth work is the most important factor in enabling high quality, accessible provision to thrive.
7. Skilled, committed youth workers are youth work’s most important resource: they need secure employment, training, support, and opportunities for professional development.
de St Croix, T., & Doherty, L. (2022). Valuing Youth Work: Seven Evidence-Based Messages for Decision-Makers on Youth Work and its Evaluation. http://surl.li/grkgp
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