PRESENTATION: Applying Evidence Positive Youth Development Elements Improve Youth Outcomes, Sep 2016
Positive youth development (PYD) and cross-sectoral interventions are designed to improve the outcomes of youth, but there is little known evidence about their effectiveness in the international context and which combination of these approaches has the greatest impact for youth. This session builds on separate, but related learning efforts under USAID’s YouthPower Learning and YouthPower Action projects. Presenters will share findings from a systematic review on effectiveness of PYD in low and middle income countries with a specific focus on improving youth’s skills and workforce development. Presenters will then dive deeper into existing evidence on the impact of integrated workforce development and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions and the components that appear to lead to the greatest impact. The chair will facilitate a discussion on how these findings can be integrated into existing or designs for new programs. The discussion will also cover data gaps for PYD programming and research more broadly and integrated workforce and SRH specifically and what participants can do next to fill those gaps.
Nancy Taggart, Senior Youth and Workforce Advisor, USAID (USA)
Gina Alvarado, Gender and Evaluation Specialist, International Center for Research on Women (USA)
Daniel Plaut, Senior Program Associate, Results for Development Institute (USA)
Diana Rutherford, Senior Research & Evaluation Specialist, FHI360 (USA)
Thomas Galloway, Technical Officer, FHI360 (USA)