17 February 2022

Online via Zoom, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

WEBINAR – Engaging Youth Voice: Enriching Evaluation through Active Child and Youth Participation

This webinar invites youth-focused evaluators to critically reflect on the evaluation roles which children and youth (can) play along a continuum of participation as well as on the outcomes of youth participation for youth, adults, and organizations. Drawing on participation continuums which include roles ranging from consultation to collaboration, partner, and youth-led evaluation, we will explore the challenges, opportunities, and contextual factors to consider within each role.

We will draw on our own experience in youth evaluation and in establishing and working with Child and Youth Advisory Boards (CYAB) across the US, Europe, and in Brazil, South Africa, and Canada.  In the webinar, participants will be invited to share their own experiences, thoughts and questions about child and youth participation in evaluation, including CYAB in governance, advisory, and/or evaluation roles. In particular, we hope to collectively understand and explore the following questions:

(1) What opportunities does engaging youth voice in evaluation add across various settings and contexts?

(2) How to address adult-child/youth power relations within organizational contexts and truly collaborate as equal partners?

(3) What facilitates and supports youth participation and what are the common pitfalls to avoid? (4) How to sustain youth engagement within evaluation in various settings?


Jessica Ozan, PhD is Research Associate at the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has over 10 years’ experience of evaluation projects in the field of social interventions and policies targeting children and their families. She is currently involved in research measuring youth well-being across Europe (funded by the European Commission) and evaluations of programs targeting young people leaving the care system for the Department for Education and Nesta in the UK.  Jessica is a Council member of the UK Evaluation Society.

Katie Richards-Schuster, PhD is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her research focuses on understanding the strategies and approaches for engaging young people in communities, the contexts and environments that facilitate youth engagement across settings, and the impact of youth participation in creating community change. She is a leading scholar in using participatory research and evaluation approaches with young people and communities. She has written multiple peer-review articles and book chapters and has led community-engaged and national projects focused on youth participation. She has presented on youth participation in national and international conferences and is former co-chair of the Youth Focused Evaluation group within the American Evaluation Association

Mónica Ruiz-Casares, PhD is Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, and Associate Faculty at the Centre for Research on Children and Families and the School of Social Work at McGill University. She is also a Researcher at the Sherpa University Institute in Montreal, where she evaluates health and social programs for ethno-culturally diverse families. She leads mixed-methods international projects related to child protection and wellbeing. She is also interested in ethical and methodological issues involved in global research and evaluation with and by young people. She has been co-chair and program chair of the Youth Focused Evaluation group within the American Evaluation Association. She is a Credentialed Evaluator by the Canadian Evaluation Society and has worked in policy and program evaluation of human services internationally for the past 25 years.


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