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Measuring the Impact of Youth Voluntary Service

Youth voluntary service programs exist in many countries around the world, and new programs and policy initiatives are being developed in several others, attracting a great deal of attention and resources. Before more young people are encouraged to participate in the youth voluntary service programs, the stakeholders have to ensure that these programs have a significant positive impact on the youth and societies, and that their benefits exceed their costs.

In response to the need for additional evidence on the effectiveness of youth voluntary service programs, the World Bank Children and Youth Unit and Innovations in Civic Participation ICP) co-hosted a meeting in May 2008, bringing together youth service practitioners, policymakers, and evaluation experts. The objective of the meeting was to explore the existing evidence base on youth voluntary service programs, discuss the standards of evidence of evaluations and identify available tools and methods for building more rigorous evidence.

REPORT

Measuring the Impact of Youth Voluntary Service Programs - Summary and Conclusions of the International Experts’ Meeting

February 2009
By Minna Mattero, Charmagne Campbell-Patton
Related LinkAlso available in MS Word

The Summary and Conclusions Report of the "Measuring the Impact of Youth Voluntary Service Programs: International Experts Meeting" captures the presentations and discussion that took place in the meeting while also providing more general information about evaluating youth service programs. It is intended as a learning tool for organizations that are planning on evaluating their youth projects by providing information about the options and challenges related to impact evaluations.

SOURCES & RECOMMENDED READING

Link to a webpage American Evaluation Association

http://www.eval.org

PDF Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management

June 2002
from Network of Networks on Impact Evaluation, NONIE 2002
Related LinkAlso available in other languages

Link to a webpage Handbook for Practitioners: Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty

May 2000
By Judy L. Baker
Report Number: 20745, ISBN: ISBN 0-8213-4697-0

Link to a webpage Impact Evaluation – The Experience of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank

Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank
2006, Report Number: 38268

PDF Moving from Wish List to Action #3. The Importance of Evaluating Youth Interventions

2008
By Mattias K.A. Lundberg
from Supporting Youth at Risk: A Policy Toolkit for Middle Income Countries
by Wendy Cunningham, Lorena M. Cohan, Sophie Naudeau, Linda McGinnis

PDF Moving from Wish List to Action #4. Selecting Programs Based on Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis

2008
By Mattias K.A. Lundberg
from Supporting Youth at Risk: A Policy Toolkit for Middle Income Countries
by Wendy Cunningham, Lorena M. Cohan, Sophie Naudeau, Linda McGinnis

Link to a webpage NONIE Impact Evaluation Guidance

Network of Networks on Impact Evaluation

Link to a webpage NONIE Subgroup 2: Impact Evaluation Guidance

January 2008
from Network of Networks on Impact Evaluation, NONIE 2008

Link to a webpage World Bank Impact Evaluation web-site

http://go.worldbank.org/169GZ6W820

PDF Youth Service: A Strategy for Youth and National Development

December 2005
By Susan Stroud, Brett Alessi, Linda McGinnis, Peter Holland
Related LinkAlso available in French:
Le Service pour les Jeunes: Une Stratégie pour les Jeunes et le Développement National

For more recommended reading, please see the ICP "Framework on Evaluating the Impact of Youth Service Programs"




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