Youth & Media Evaluation - Overview
As the field of youth media has grown, so has the need to demonstrate and document the range of effects of youth media programs. In 2004, Time Warner commissioned YouthLearn and EDC's Center for Children and Technology to launch a technical assistance effort to support youth media programs in building their capacity to conduct program evaluation. Fourteen programs, all of which had received grants from Time Warner, worked together with the technical assistance team to review their current evaluation needs and practices and to develop new approaches to evaluation that better serve their purposes.
The technical assistance project included annual conferences, targeted support and professional development for each grantee, and the first stages of developing a collaborative research agenda.
Some of this work may be of interest to other organizations that are developing or revising their evaluation strategies, including:
- Background on Evaluation in Youth Media Programs (.pdf) Under a previous grant from Time Warner, YouthLearn and EDC's Center for Children and Technology produced a report on the range of evaluation practices employed by youth media programs and the kind of resources available to them for doing this work.
- Logic Models as Tools for Evaluation
- Involving Young People in Evaluation
- Program Staff Reflections on Evaluation
- Program Staff Reflections on Strategies & Challenges
- Sample Evaluation Tools and Instruments
- About the Time Warner Youth Media Grantees
About Time Warner
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