Involving Youth in Empowerment Evaluation: Evaluators’ Perspectives
Keywords:Empowerment Evaluation, Collaborative Program Evaluation, Youth-focused Evaluation
Empowerment Evaluation (EE) aims to teach program stakeholders, including beneficiaries, how to conduct their own evaluations. In this mixed methods research project we sought to investigate and formally document the involvement of youth in EE of programs targeting youth. Phase 1 surveyed evaluators about the extent to which they involve youth in EE. Phase 2 involved interviews with evaluators and explored what factor(s) facilitate and hinder: the involvement of youth in EE of programs targeting youth. The findings show that youth are involved to some extent in EE, and there are factors that can facilitate and hinder the involvement of youth in EE.
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