EvalYouth

WHY EVALYOUTH?

Evaluation’s most vital long-term goal is to contribute to sustainable and equitable development. This goal depends on the production of high-quality evaluations that meet standards for quality dimensions such as utility, feasibility, propriety, accuracy, and evaluation accountability. However, an ongoing issue faces the global evaluation community: the pool of skilled evaluators is shallow, and demand far exceeds supply. Additionally, young evaluators are also under represented in many Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluators (VOPEs). The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is expected to exacerbate this problem by drawing significant attention to evaluation. The challenge facing the global evaluation community and actors whose long-term goals rely upon high-quality evidence is:

How can we increase national, regional, and international capacity to produce high-quality evaluations?

In addition to the technical expertise of professional evaluators, the quality of evaluations depends on appropriate representation and participation from stakeholders. However, youth and young people are historically and frequently absent from evaluations of policies and programs that impact them, except as a potential source for data collection. If SDGs are to be fully realized, it is essential to prioritize the inclusion of youth and young people in evaluation processes. The need to include youth and young people in evaluation raises a secondary challenge for worldwide evaluators and those who commission and use evaluations:

How can we advocate for and include youth and young people in the evaluation process?

To address both challenges, EvalYouth was formed based on the Global Evaluation Agenda (2016-2020), known as the Eval2020 Agenda, which was developed and agreed upon during the Global Evaluation Week. Global Evaluation Week was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2015, and was the culminating event during the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear).

 

Bianca and Marie Co Chairs of EvalYouth Nepal, November 2015

 

WHAT DOES EVALYOUTH WANT TO ACHIEVE?

EvalYouth, an EvalPartners initiative, has two overarching goals:

• To promote Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEE), including young women, to become competent, experienced and well-networked professionals who contribute to evaluation capacity at national, regional and international levels.

• To promote the inclusion of Youth and Young People (YYP), including young women, in evaluations conducted at the national, regional and international levels.

 

EPMG and EvalYouth representatives Nepal, November 2015

 

EvalYouth will achieve these goals through: i) social mobilization of key actors to engage YEE and youth stakeholders, ii) promotion of innovation in evaluation practice and policy, and iii) exchange of learning and knowledge.

 

Who are young and emerging evaluators?

• Evaluators under age of 35 years, OR

• Evaluators who have less than 5 years of professional experience, OR

• Recent university graduates who are interested to join the evaluation profession, OR

• Development professionals who have technical knowledge on evaluation and willing to become professional evaluators.

• Individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 who will be affected by evaluation decisions.

Who are youth and young people?

• Individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 who have a stake in an evaluation, OR

• Individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 who will be affected by evaluation decisions.

 

What principles guide the work?

Four principles guide the work of EvalYouth to ensure sustainability:

1. Inclusiveness and equity

2. Building on existing achievements

3. Partnership

4. Innovation


EvalYouth Priorities (2016-2018)

Through an inclusive process, and as part of the Eval2020 Agenda (insert hyperlink for Eval2020 Agenda), EvalYouth is prioritizing these actions for the next three years:

1. Work with Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) to bolster the inclusion of YEEs in their governance bodies and in capacity-building programs;

2. Development and promotion of a YEE mentoring programs; and

3. Organization of EvalYouth conferences to share knowledge, learning, and best practices relevant to YEE and YYP, and to enhance YEE involvement with existing international and regional evaluation conferences.

 

Marie Gervais Co Chair of EvalYouth Nepal, November 2015

 

WHAT’S NEW?

• EvalYouth was formally launched at the 2015 Global Evaluation Week at the Parliament of Nepal in Kathmandu. The shaping and launch of EvalYouth was participatory in nature. Specifically, it leveraged existing processes by taking advantage of the existing events and documents organized by many stakeholders within the framework of the International Year of Evaluation.

• Check out EvalYouth’s updated concept note (insert hyperlink for concept note).

• Three task forces have been established: Task Force 1 – Promoting YEE in VOPE leadership; Task Force 2 – Development of a YEE mentoring program; and Task Force 3 – Organization of EvalYouth conferences.

• EvalYouth is looking for more volunteers. If interested, send an email to EvalYouth (evalyouth@gmail.com).

 

EvalYouth representatives at Global Evaluation Forum Nepal, November 2015

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE? GET INVOLVED? HAVE QUESTIONS?

Please see our current concept note for details on our work, including how we are organized.

For additional information, please contact EvalYouth (evalyouth@gmail.com), or one of EvalYouth’s leaders:

Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead

Co-Chair of EvalYouth
bianca@uconn.edu

Marie Gervais

Co-Chair of EvalYouth
marie.gervais@fmed.ulaval.ca

Khalil Bitar

Vice Co-Chair of EvalYouth
khalil.bitar.hoc@gmail.com