One of the things that may worry us as we try to show the impact that any of our projects are making on young people is asking the right set of questions.
I know that people have been using different resources depending on the project – and it would be great if you could share what you’ve found useful (and the stuff you wish you’d never touched).
Anyway I’ve come across the California Healthy Kids Survey which appears to be a validated set of self reporting questionnaires for measuring resilience, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, and violence and school safety.
You’ll see that they allow you to download copies of the various surveys they have developed – there are different ones by age and also by particular issues.
Note that the survey’s are copyright protected and if we wanted to use them we’d need permission, but none the less I hope they might serve as in interesting resource and inspiration.
Questions Answered…, a photo by Travelin’ Librarian on Flickr.
You might have noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with finding ways that we can measure and improve the impact of our work with young people.
In the search for easy to use tools I’ve come across this one from an American organisation, Building Partnerships for Youth, a partnership between a youth development organisation (4-H) and the University of Arizona. They argue that:
Research has shown that a youth development approach to programming for young people 9-13 can have profound impacts on a variety of outcome areas including improved academic performance, increased citizenship, higher rates of college attendance, reduced substance abuse, violence and sexual risk behaviors.
And suggest there are 21 domains of youth development that programmes should aspire to cover, and that their self-assessment tool helps programme managers to look at where their programmes are strong and where they might need development.
The assessment is easy to complete and leads to a report which includes:
- Sample youth activities
- Helpful web links
- Relevant research
- Suggested programme models to explore
If you want to explore it further then this is the link to the Building Partnerships for Youth Program Assessment Tool.