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Youth- and Community-Led Evaluation: Dec. 7 Webinar

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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.

High school students, graduate students, and UW staff in a hallway or conference room
WCER Evaluation Clinic members and local program staff partner with the Youth Evaluation Team, a group of high school youth from Madison conducting real evaluation projects in the community. Photo: Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative.

“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.