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Youth Participatory Evaluation


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Preface x The Author xiii Foreword by Naomi Ortiz xiv PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF YOUTH PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION CHAPTER ONE: AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUTH PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION 3 What Is Youth Participatory Evaluation? 6 The Benefits of Youth Participatory Evaluation 9 CHAPTER TWO: DEVELOPMENT, PLAY, AND PERFORMANCE 19 Development and Play 24 Transformation of Totalities and Development 26 PART TWO: DESIGNING AND CONDUCTING YOUTH PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION PROJECTS CHAPTER THREE: STARTING YOUR OWN YPE PROJECT 35 Do Youth Really Want to Participate in Evaluation? 36 Which Youth Should Participate? 37 How Many Youth Should Be Involved? 38 Should Youth Be Compensated for Their Participation? 38 How Old Does Someone Have to Be to Participate? 39 What Is the Value of Engaging Youth of Different Ages and Capacities? 40 Can Young People Really Conduct Effective and Useful Evaluations That We Can Trust? 40 Who Should Facilitate the YPE Process? 41 What Happens When a YPE Project Is Conducted in a Program That Is Not Participatory? 41 How Do We Engage and Prepare Additional Stakeholders in the Process, Particularly Those in Positions of Power? 44 CHAPTER FOUR: DEVELOPING THE ENSEMBLE YPE TEAM 45 Getting Started 46 Moving from Adult Facilitator to Performance Director 47 Discovering All That the YPE Team Members Have to Offer 49 Performing the Ensemble 55 Creating the Environment 60 Monitoring the Ensemble 66 Summary 72 CHAPTER FIVE: DEVELOPING A YPE PLAN 73 Articulating How Your Program Operates 76 Formulating Evaluation Questions 86 CHAPTER SIX: TRAINING YOUNG PEOPLE AS INTERVIEWERS 90 CHAPTER SEVEN: TRAINING YOUNG PEOPLE AS CREATIVE FOCUS GROUP FACILITATORS 102 Helping Young People Conduct Focus Groups 104 Creative Group and Focus Group Activities 110 CHAPTER EIGHT: WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP SURVEYS 117 Hints for Creating and Administering Surveys 119 Creative Approaches to Surveying 125 CHAPTER NINE: USING PERFORMANCE AS A DATA COLLECTION STRATEGY 130 CHAPTER TEN: USING JOURNALING IN EVALUATION 140 CHAPTER ELEVEN: APPROACHING DATA ANALYSIS AND REPORT WRITING CREATIVELY 146 Creative Approaches to Data Analysis 147 Creative Strategies for Presenting Data 155 CHAPTER TWELVE: ENCOURAGEMENTS 160 Five Tips for Maintaining Your Performatory Posture 162 Concluding Thought 164 Appendix A: Tips for the Interviewer 165 Tips for the Note Taker 167 Appendix B: Tips for Conducting Focus Groups 168 Tips for the Facilitator 169 Tips for the Note Taker 170 Appendix C: How to Determine the Appropriate Sample Size 171 References 173 Index 176

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Kim Sabo Flores is the founder and principal of Kim Sabo Flores Consulting. She generates collaborative projects that educate not only program staff but also their funders about ways that participatory evaluation can help to build organizational capacity.


"? serves as a good resource for practitioners looking to engage youth in both evaluation and research." (Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, March 2008)

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