See you soon in Washington, D.C.

for AEA 2017!

Youth Focused Evaluation


A Topical Interest Group for Evaluation About Youth, for Youth, and with Youth

The purpose of the Youth Focused Evaluation TIG is to create an inclusive and participatory space for all evaluators (both adult and youth) that focuses attention on the practices and outcomes of positive youth development, and participation in a wide array of informal and formal contexts. The YFE-TIG speaks to the unique needs of youth and adult evaluators by promoting the development and use of tools and methods leading to practical and transformative outcomes for young people.

The YFE-TIG supports youth and adult researchers and evaluators to build best practices and methods related to:

  • Research
  • Enhanced program quality

  • Youth/adult professional development, participation and voice,

  • Improved measurement

  • Research ethics education

  • Youth participation in the AEA and YFE TIG, and

  • Co-creation of a knowledge exchange (online) community

AEA Annual Conference - Washington, D.C.

It’s that time of year again - to begin thinking about submitting a proposal for the AEA Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on November 6-11, 2017. Proposals are due by midnight EST March 16th! : http://www.eval.org/page/evaluation-2017-proposal-submissions

We encourage you to submit a proposal on the topic of YFE. We have had a growing number of available conference sessions over the past few years and we look forward to seeing that continued level of interest in our TIG this year.

The theme for this year’s conference is From Learning to Action - how our community can learn from evaluation to create better practices and outcomes. As you think about how to craft your proposal consider the following ideas as related to YFE:

  • Innovations in designs of youth focused evaluations
  • Lessons from youth-focused evaluation studies
  • What works to improve use of youth-focused evaluations
  • Lessons from others outside of evaluation that supports high quality youth-focused evaluations

As you prepare your proposals, we are preparing to review them! We need 15-20 volunteers to review proposals. Please let us know if you are interested in being a TIG reviewer this year. Time commitment will depend on the number of proposals and reviewers we get, but we would need your availability sometime between April 1-15th, 2017.  Last year reviewers were asked to read 3-5 proposals and provide written feedback, using the evaluation template.  The time commitment is usually 3-4 hours to read and comment on proposals.  We would love to have you involved.  If you want to volunteer, please let us know by filling out this short form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEjDgImKPCO2yJ52Lh3quQbo5OdGKBCj5YH4rq-k-P1BEHlg/viewform

We look forward to gathering together in Washington, D.C. this year! Ross) and Susana - Program Co-Chairs