Tools for Evaluating Youth Programs
The following resources explore ways to evaluate youth programs and help program administrators find appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to measure youth outcomes.
Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools (PDF - 1310 KB)
Yohalem, Wilson-Ahlstrom, Fischer, & Shinn (2nd ed.) (2009)
Compares the purpose, structure, content, methodology, and technical properties of more than 10 quality assessment tools to help youth programs develop quality improvement systems that best meet their needs.
Toolfind: Youth Outcomes Measurement Tools Directory
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Offers a free directory of measurement tools for youth-serving programs in up to 11 youth outcome areas.
A BDI Logic Model for Working With Young Families Resource Kit (PDF - 314 KB)
Healthy Teen Network (2008)
Helps programs serving young families plan and design a logic model that identifies goals, populations, and intervention activities and set up an evaluation plan based on program impact, outcome, and process objectives.
Building Quality Improvement Systems: Lessons From Three Emerging Efforts in the Youth-Serving Sector (PDF - 519 KB)
Wilson-Ahlstrom, Yohalem, & Pittman (2007)
Provides a preliminary framework for youth organizations to assess and improve performance and discusses three programs' quality improvement efforts.
CART : Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools for Measuring Education and Youth Development Outcomes
RMC Research Corporation
Assists those who study the effectiveness of youth development programs and related educational activities. C.A.R.T. provides information on instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs; resources include descriptions of research instruments, tools, rubrics, and guides.
Demystifying Outcomes: Demonstrating Results in Youth Development Programs (PDF - 90 KB)
Explains the importance of evaluation and presents strategies for identifying appropriate outcomes for youth development programs.
Linking Research With the Practice of Youth Development (PDF - 89 KB)
M. A. Hamilton & S. F. Hamilton
Practice Matters, 2007
Suggests how practitioners can draw on evidence-based practices to foster the efficacy of youth development programs, including resources and recommendations.
Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools, Second Edition
The Forum for Youth Investment (2009)
Compares the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content, and technical properties of different program observation tools, including an instrument and updated technical and practical information about many of the tools.
Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics, Programs, and Emerging Issues
Congressional Research Service (2007)
Describes federally funded programs serving runaway and homeless youth and discusses efforts to evaluate youth outcomes.
Youth Development Framework for Practice
Community Network for Youth Development
Identifies five supports and opportunities that young people need to experience in order to achieve positive long-term outcomes and explains youth development practices that organizations need in place to encourage those outcomes for youth.