We're happy to share our presentation from the Youth-Focused Presidential Strand Session: Youth-Focused Evaluation: What is Good Work?
Authors: Silvana Bialosiewicz, MA & Tiffany Berry, PhD, Claremont Evaluation Center at Claremont Graduate University
Session Abstract: It is well established that contextual sensitivity is a critical element of exemplary evaluation. However, little is known about how evaluators operationalize and practice contextual sensitivity in the context of programs for children and youth. This paper presents the findings of an in depth interview study of a diverse group of 25 youth-program evaluators. The interviews explored these evaluators’ preferred approaches to evaluating programs for children and youth, their personal definitions of high quality youth-program evaluation, and the barriers and challenges they experience in doing good work. This study also examined the relationship between evaluators’ disciplinary training and experience, and their perspectives on evaluation quality. The findings from this study expand our understanding of the practices that may contribute to exemplary evaluation in this context, and the individual, institutional, and political barriers that may inhibit high quality practice.
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