To mark the Year of Young People, Evaluation Support Scotland has been working with the Big Lottery Fund to support their grantholders to test out ways of involving young people in evaluation.
Seven projects in the youth work sector, supporting young people between the ages of 8 and 24, stepped up to try out different ways of handing the evaluation reins over to young people.
The project leads involved young people in a range of different ways from agreeing project outcomes to designing evaluation tools, analysing feedback and sharing findings.
Top tips the project leads would like to share with others thinking about involving young people in evaluation are
- Trust the service users
- It helps to set realistic/achievable goals
- It won’t always be smooth sailing … but that’s ok!
- Keep the balance between learning and fun.