evaluation

March 14, 2018
 by Uzo Anucha, MSW, PhD Provincial Academic Director, YouthREX  Associate Professor, School of Social Work  York University      True or false: words like “evidence-informed” and “program evaluation” do not fit with how smaller, community-based youth programs — those that fiercely pursue social justice and equity for youth — go about their business?   False! YouthREX knows this for sure from our experience over the last three years supporting youth programs across Ontario with program evaluation.   We have seen that “evaluation” and “evidence” aren’t words that only make sense to big,...
February 09, 2018
by Laura JonesSenior Manager, Boys and Girls Club of OttawaYouthREX Online Evaluation Certificate Learner The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) is a registered charity that provides 4,500 children and youth in seven at-risk neighbourhoods across the city with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day, and free access to life-changing programs in four key programming pillars (Education, Physical Activity / Healthy Lifestyle, Leadership and Social Skills, Creative Arts) that are purposefully designed to drive personal development. Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa programming is...
January 31, 2018
by Jessie CornfordWestern Ottawa Community Resource CentreYouthREX Online Evaluation Certificate Learner The first time I heard the term ‘Logic Model’ was over 10 years ago, in a very different position and context than where I currently find myself. Back then, I was the Executive Coordinator of a very small, non-profit supportive housing corporation that serves single parents and their children. When the term ‘Logic Model’ first appeared in my life, it was attached to a much more intimidating word — Evaluation. Our day-to-day work at the housing corporation tended to be responsive and...
January 30, 2018
by Carly BeneteauYouth Programs Coordinator, Youth Opportunities UnlimitedYouthREX Online Evaluation Certificate Learner     One of the many things that makes Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) in London unique is the fact that we own and operate Social Enterprise businesses. What that means is that we own and operate businesses that provide training and hands-on skills through employing young people, while also selling products and providing services that, in turn, support more programs and services for youth. We have a café, a woodshop, a recycling centre, retail sales, and a food...
April 03, 2017
  by Kate Gatto  National Program Manager, Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada     Do you think of yourself as an evaluator? I never did until recently …   Although evaluation has always been part of my job as a Program Manager, the idea of evaluation itself was never all that appealing to me. Chasing surveys from participants, analyzing data in Excel … I guess it all seemed a bit boring and un-sexy; the behind-the-scenes stuff that was necessary and important, but not particularly exciting.  I am the National Program Manager for The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada. YPI...
March 08, 2017
           by Rebecca Choi         YouthREX Eastern Hub BSW Placement Student     I never imagined I would be collecting and analyzing data as a Carleton University Social Work placement student with YouthREX. However, my time at YouthREX gave me many opportunities to see research and evaluation from a new perspective. During my placement, I worked with the YouthREX team to collect survey data at a local event entitled SIXUNTROIS for Francophone youth. The event was organized by Le movement d' implication francophone d’Orleans (MIFO).    A Bit of Context MIFO is an organization whose mission...
January 23, 2017
 by Jessica Noble Central Hub Manager, YouthREX        I like to imagine community development as a large puzzle, with multiple layers, perspectives, and players working together to create this masterpiece.   Grassroots youth initiatives are similar to the outer pieces of the puzzle, helping to provide shape and structure. YouthREX is like one of the inner puzzle pieces that provides connective supports that contribute to the ways in which the different pieces connect and for explaining the who, what, why, and how of youth program impacts. Grassroots youth initiatives and co-existing support...
January 02, 2017
 by Yumi Numata YouthREX Communications and Knowledge Mobilization Manager  Happy New Years! While we have lots of exciting content planned for 2017 on our eXchange blog, we thought we'd start off the year by highlighting our Top Five most read entries from 2016. We'll be taking some pointers for 2017 - ie. including lots more Youth Perspective features in 2017 - and hope to feature even more voices from the frontlines of youth work. In the meantime, check out these awesome posts! 1. Youth Perspectives | Taking Care During Times of Anti-Black Traumaby Jhanelle Porter, YouthREX Digital...
November 03, 2016
 by Jessica Noble Central Hub Manager, YouthREX          Community-based youth programs create a range of positive outcomes, including increased community health, wellbeing, and civic engagement, to name a few.  These programs are often designed democratically with the participation of community residents. Designing a program is only the first step to actually bringing a program to life. The journey of the taking a program proposal and animating it in real-world settings requires moving through the complex stages of program implementation. Program implementation stages include: exploration (...
October 25, 2016
 by Rebecca Houwer Knowledge Exchange Manager, YouthREX          “If we don’t represent experience, how can we share it with those who aren’t present? Evaluation is a way of ‘taking pictures’ of what is going on in an intentional and thoughtful way.” One of the delights of working with the youth sector is seeing how many possible pathways there are to achieving outcomes associated with improved youth well-being. Since YouthREX launched, I have met with organizations seeking similar outcomes but which take entirely different approaches. I have met with organizations taking similar approaches...