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Youth Participatory Evaluation: An Opportunity to Promote Youth Development and Program Improvement

Publication date: 
May, 2019
RTI International’s Center on Social Determinants, Risk Behaviors, and Prevention Science
Legacy Foundation
City of Westfield Parks and Recreation

This webinar explores concepts of youth participatory evaluation (YPE) with evaluation researcher Dr. Lori Palen. You will learn how to help youth evaluate impact throughout the program life cycle with limited resources.

Many youth development programs want, or are required, to evaluate the implementation and impact of their efforts. Actively engaging young people in conducting evaluations can benefit youth, programs, and the community.

In this webinar you'll learn how your organization can prepare for and support successful YPE. Dr. Palen will share tips and discuss activities for guiding youth at all stages of the evaluation research process, including:

  • Evaluation planning
  • Instrument development
  • Participant recruitment
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Dissemination of evaluation findings
  • Application of evaluation results for program improvement


  • Ways to garner support for YPE by articulating its benefits at the youth, program, and community levels
  • Conditions and preparation necessary to support successful YPE
  • Engaging evaluation activities that guide youth at all stages of the evaluation research process

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