program evaluation

January 16, 2019
by Stefanie Stuart Manager of Youth Program Supports, YouthREX Central Ontario Hub   YouthREX offers a continuum of services to support youth wellbeing and meaningfully improve the lives of youth across the province. This blog series explores how YouthREX works in collaboration with partners and stakeholders. It features various organizations who have accessed program supports and capacity building services.  The Toronto Youth Reconciliation Initiative (TYRI) is one of several projects developed by Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE). TYRI builds capacity and relationships among Indigenous and non...
January 14, 2019
 by Michele Gnanamuttu  Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) YouthREX offers a continuum of services to support youth wellbeing and meaningfully improve the lives of youth across the province. This blog series explores how YouthREX works in collaboration with partners and stakeholders. It features various organizations who have accessed program supports and capacity building services.    I thought I was well prepared to take on a research manager role within The Windsor Youth Centre, a small grassroots youth-serving organisation, with my education and evaluation experience. I knew quite a lot about...
January 03, 2019
   by Liam McGuire Associate Executive Director, Christie Lake Kids    YouthREX offers a continuum of services to support youth wellbeing and meaningfully improve the lives of youth across the province. This blog series explores how YouthREX works in collaboration with partners and stakeholders. It features various organizations who have accessed program supports and capacity building services. It’s easy for program evaluation to get lost in the daily bustle of the non-profit world. Tracking budgets, planning programs, and fundraising jostle for priority in an environment that moves quickly...
April 12, 2017
  by Zainab Godwin  Manager, Youth Justice Department, For Youth Initiative                            by Rebecca Houwer  Manager, Knowledge Exchange, YouthREX     YouthREX’s recent report, Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law, identifies three ‘vexing’ questions that have been asked throughout the history of youth criminal justice:  1) Why do youth become involved in the justice system?  2) What is the best way to support them once they do?  3) How can Social Science research inform interventions to improve outcomes of youth involved with the law? The second...
September 14, 2016
 by Dr. Diana Coholic Academic Director, YouthREX Northeastern Hub Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Laurentian University        In this follow-up blog, I explain how arts-based activities can support the goals of youth work by serving as tools for exploration, sharing, and discussion.    One of the key lessons for youth workers to learn when engaging youth in arts activities is asking effective open questions that can broaden or deepen a discussion.   Directly asking a young person what something means or why they created something is usually met with a shrug of the shoulders or...
August 16, 2016
by Sidney ShapiroYouthREX Research Assistant, PhD Student, Northeastern Hub      Members of the youth sector understand the youth they work with and design engaging and meaningful activities that make an impact on youths’ lives.  At the same time, funders ask organizations to report on the impact that their programs have by using quantitative and qualitative methods and metrics, approaches that often seem removed from the primary goal of engaging and supporting youth. The rationale behind evaluating and reporting is to demonstrate how a program is working. In a reality where funding dollars...
August 09, 2016
 by Dr. Diana Coholic Academic Director, YouthREX Northeastern Hub Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Laurentian University      Sometimes, working with youth can be challenging, daunting, and even painful. Bringing fun and creativity to our work can be energizing for us, and can also sustain us through difficult moments.     I’ve been studying the facilitation of arts-based methods in group work with marginalized children and youth for almost 10 years. I’ve also trained several graduate students to use arts-based activities to collect research data for their own projects. And, at...