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[1]

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.