FULL LIST OF MONITORING & EVALUATION

This cross-cutting theme focuses on improving the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of programs by sharing data on what works and what doesn’t, and methodologies for monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment.   Improved practices in this area promise to provide stakeholders with enhanced understanding of which interventions have meaningful impact, what the likely return on investment will be, and how to design and implement improved monitoring and evaluation initiatives.

Where are we now?

As the YEO field matures, pilot programs and anecdotal data have given way to increasingly sophisticated approaches to program measurement and learning. These advances are critical to scale, replication, policy and government partnership initiatives. However, more work remains. Confusion about the purpose and practice of monitoring, evaluation and assessment, and the way it can contribute to learning with an organization or program still exists.  A common language for this area along with standardized measures of cost and benefit are also necessary to ensure discussions are productive and evaluations reflect a common framework of practice.

Trends and emerging practices

  • Donors are advocating for more rigorous evaluation to ensure greater accountability and learning.
  • Although randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard, they can be expensive and time consuming, leading some donors to find quasi-experimental and impact evaluations very appealing, while others invest more significantly in M&E activities.
  • For corporations and foundations, evaluations are important to measure the social value proposition and social impact of their investments to consumers, customers, and employees.
  • More implementers are recognizing the importance of investing in good M&E, so they can demonstrate to donors their organization's social value proposition, particularly to impact investors.
  • More organizations are successfully using mixed methods approaches (both quantitative and qualitative data) to M&E.
  • Survey and focus group tools should be tested and finalized with young people for tools to achieve greater reliability and validity.
  • Data from young people should be triangulated with data from significant adults in their lives (such as parents, guardians, and teachers) to contextualize its meaning and importance.
  • More organizations are recognizing that existing M&E staff may not have the skills set required to engage young people, so training on how to conduct youth-inclusive M&E is important. 
  • Young people are not homogeneous, so questions need to be framed differently for young men and young women, youth from urban and rural communities, and/or youth from different socio-economic groups.

 

Countering Conflict with Opportunity: Examining the Role of Entrepreneurship to Drive Positive Social Impact and Youth Economic Opportunity in Conflict Affected Settings

Affinis Labs, Seeds of Peace

This presentation is situated at the intersection of conflict transformation and social innovation and explores the role of youth-led entrepreneurship to drive positive social impact in conflict affected settings. We hear insights from two different initiatives that are working in this space: the Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship, and Affinis Labs.

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Presentation

Does Your Soft Skills Curriculum Measure Up? Research-based Tools for Evaluating Your Soft Skills Curriculum or Creating a New One

World Learning

Soft skills refer to the personal habits that lead to success in both the workforce and in interpersonal relationships. This training workshop demonstrated how to teach soft skills, provide detailed information on which specific soft skills lead to employment, and encourage collaborative learning with other practictioners. Readers are encouraged to develop their own soft skill teaching plan based on the pedagogical principles presented.

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Presentation

PYD for CVE: How Youth Workforce Development Can More Actively Build Resiliency to Extremism

RTI International, Human Rights Agenda (HURIA)

Countering violent extremism (CVE) through youth workforce development programming leads youth to become positive change-makers in their communities. The Human Rights Agenda presents a case study from CVE efforts in violent extremism-prone areas in Kenya. Key finding include how unemployment contributes to violent extremism recidivism and the need for non-specific approaches to CVE.

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Presentation

Hard Skills, Soft Skills, Safe Spaces: WomenStrong International Launches Girls' Club Handbook to Create Stepping Stones for Impoverished Urban Girls

WomenStrong International, Financial Nutrition, Morgan Stanley

Millions of girls are not receiving the necessary financial and techincal education to thrive in the formal economy. WomenStrong Girls' Club Handbook provides educators with evidence based strategies that empower and prepare girls to succeed in the global workforce. This presentation contains samples from the handbook, launched in Fall 2018.

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Presentation

Youth Economic Opportunites Network: Live & Virtual Learning Event "Applying An Inclusive Market Systems Development Approach to Youth Employment: Lessons from the EYE Program".

ORGANIZER: 
HELVETAS
DATE: 
Mar 21, 2018 (12:00pm)

Join Making Cents International’s Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) and HELVETAS for a virtual and in-person learning event on lessons learned from applying an Inclusive Market Systems Development approach to creating employment opportunities for youth.

To join in-person: Join us at the Making Cents offices in downtown Washington, D.C. to meet the presenters and network with participants. Lunch will be provided or you may bring your own. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served as well. Space is limited, RSVP Early!

Labor Skills, Productivity, and Human Resources Management Study

USAID, Management & Training Corporation (MTC), Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC), and the Workforce Improvement and Skill Ehancement (WISE) Project

This study of labor market dynamics in Egypt was offers relevant and timely information for stakeholders and decision-makers. The mixed-methods study employed a phased approach to assess Egypt's economic context, labor supply and demand, and the gender context related to the labor market. 

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Report

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