evaluation

August 22, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!  1. What is the research about? Neighbourhood youth centres offer essential services for marginalized youth, typically through a combination of structured and drop-in programs. These centres must be able to effectively evaluate their programs in order to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement. While structured programs allow for the collection of outcome data, drop-in programs require a more...
July 12, 2019
This article introduces a new strengths-based approach to youth development program practice developed in Queensland, Australia. This approach is encapsulated in a good practice framework, its six principles, their underlying indicators, and examples of action. The framework is a wholly new synthesis of academic, youth, and practitioner expertise, and demonstrates the complex ecological nature of youth programs and the bi-directional links between the diversity of staff and youth needs, and contributions made within the program environment. I introduce the framework by discussing each of the...
July 08, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!  1. What is the research about? This study examines the role of outcomes data in the ongoing development of youth workers and organizations. In recent years, the youth sector has faced increased pressure to measure activities and outputs in order to comply with the rigorous requirements of funding bodies. The authors describe “a time of tension for services, with the ‘old school’ of effective youth work (e.g. a...
November 29, 2018
This report was developed by Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:This evaluation report reviews the SPARK Ontario Legacy Initiative with a primary focus on the www.findmyspark.ca website. Find Help Information Services partnered with York University to conduct an evaluation of SPARK Ontario. Given the breadth of the objectives set out by the initiative, a mixed-methods evaluation approach including both quantitative and qualitative methods was chosen as the most appropriate approach for assessing progress and identifying areas for ...
November 29, 2018
This report was developed by Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:This report presents the final findings of the evaluation of the Agency Mentorship Program (AMP) initiated in February 2012 by For Youth Initiative (FYI). Funded by the Youth Challenge Fund, AMP was a three-year capacity-building program aimed at supporting the development of fledgling youth-led initiatives. FYI was keen to lead an independent evaluation of AMP for a number of reasons. Firstly, an evaluation is formative; it provides an ideal opportunity to learn about...
July 10, 2018
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: How can we intentionally and meaningfully engage youth in the design, development, and evaluation of our programs? How can we ensure that our work is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice? Youth programs tell us that meaningfully engaging youth is much harder than it appears. We get their struggle! At YouthREX, youth engagement is always a work in progress – something we keep trying to get better at. We keep returning to youth engagement because we know that it really is a big deal – that the knowledge...
October 06, 2017
BackgroundDue to the rising demands for a Canadian workforce with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related education, there is a need to increase youth engagement in STEM education and programming. Research, however, has shown that youth residing in low-income communities are disproportionately affected by psychosocial barriers, which often inhibit meaningful engagement in STEM programming. Visions of Science Network for Learning (VoSNL) was designed and implemented to address these existing barriers. VoSNL is a charitable organization in Southern Ontario, Canada, that...
June 12, 2017
This tool was published by YouthREX. HERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THIS TOOL: This simple tool support the learning focused function of evaluation. Documenting "what you told us" and how "we listened" supports programs to maintain accountability to program stakeholders. 
June 12, 2017
  This tool was published YouthREX. HERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THIS TOOL: This simple tool will support you to communicate your evaluation findings to you external stakeholders. Answer these questions to help plan  your knowledge mobilization strategy: What are the key findings? Doe this evaluation finding need to be communicated? If yes, to who? Why are we sharing (or not sharing) this finding? How will this finding be shared? What formats can you use to share it? When and where will you share the finding?      
May 05, 2017
  This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:YouthREX regional hubs engage local youth serving organizations, academic partners, youth and policy stakeholders in capacity-building, knowledge mobilization, research and evaluation opportunities. The Southwestern Hub catchement area is: Essex, Middlesex, Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Hamilton, London, Bruce, Oxford, Lambton, Huron, Chatham-Kent, Perth, Elgin, Niagara