Tapping the insights of youth to help evaluate and plan educational programming – that’s the idea behind an upcoming webinar and other ongoing efforts in Wisconsin.
“The principle - that youth should be involved in the evaluation of programs focused on youth - can be applied to all education contexts,” says Gwendolyn Baxley, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It's important from a youth voice perspective, but also just makes for more a valid evaluation.”
But how can a school engage students and community members to evaluate their public education in a way that will produce useful feedback?
High school students involved in case studies and an expert on youth- and community-driven evaluation will share their insights in a webinar offered on December 7 at 4:30 p.m.
The Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (part of the UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research) is inviting educators to the online event, focused on how to engage youth and community members in education and evaluation.
The presenters include:
- Five high school students who served as the Youth Evaluation Team for projects including a year-long evaluation of a community health initiative at Goodman Community Center in Madison. They will share their theory of action, insights, and lessons learned.
- Dr. Katie E. Richards-Schuster of the University of Michigan, a leading scholar and practitioner of youth- and community-driven evaluation. She will share key processes for engaging youth and community in evaluation and other insights from her experience.
The collaborative has largely focused on youth-led evaluation as a formative, ongoing practice that helps programs plan their approaches.
A link to the webinar will be sent to those who register via a short online form.