1.4 Monitoring and Evaluating Program Performance
The following is a list of key take-aways from discussions among practitioners and funders at the 2011-2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conferences on how to effectively evaluate WfD program performance
Reaching for specific beneficiary populations
- Gender & serving adolescent girls and young women.
- Focus on a broad and flexible range of skill sets to empower girls and women.
- Seek to involve the community in all stages of program development and implementation, particularly in conservative cultures, to make space for girls to assert leadership.
- Program designers need to be vigilant in ensuring that a focus on gender equity is maintained throughout implementation, and not just during up-front assessments and in the design phase.
- Conflict-affected contexts.
- Conduct labor market assessments frequently in conflict-affected contexts, and focus on feasibility when designing vocational training programs post-assessment.
- Address physical security concerns in hot conflict environments though systematic assessments of program suitability.
- Creatively address educational and institutional deficiencies that are the legacy of conflict.
- Serving populations with disabilities through advocacy and awareness raising.
- Focus tightly on labor market needs (demand) rather than appealing to corporate social responsibility (CSR) to create robust employment pathways for disabled youth.
- Programs can educate employers and provide value-added services while supporting the disabled in accessing jobs.
- When pitching to new employers, highlight role model businesses and their successes with a disabled workforce.
- Structure programs and psychosocial supports to address specific disabilities.
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