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.

 

State of the Field Report: Holistic, Cross-Sectoral Youth Development

USAID, JBS International, Inc.

The report examines six key question areas regarding cross-sector strategies for positive youth development (PYD) worldwide: Reasons for international donors to invest in PYD, current trends, relevant frameworks, how comprehensive approaches can contribute to positive outcomes, state of current evidence, and gaps in the research.

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Report

Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students

FHI 360, National Institute for Work and Learning

In this report, The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) presents a conceptual foundation for furthering work based learning (WBL) through a review of the three main WBL models: internships, youth apprenticeships, and school-based enterprises.

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Report

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Akazi Kanoze Youth in Rural Rwanda

Education Development Center, USAID

Established in 2009, Akazi Kanoze (AK) meaning “work well done” in Kinyarwanda, provides Rwandan youth ages 14-35 with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links to the employment and self-employment job market. Akazi Kanoze builds capacity and creates linkages between youth, the Rwandan economy and the public and private sector so that youth can access increased opportunities for productive engagement in society.

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Report

Zimbabwe Labor Market Assessment

Workforce Connections

At the request of the USAID mission in Zimbabwe, the FHI 360 Workforce Connections team conducted a Labor Market Assessment (LMA) to systematically analyze the country’s labor market system to better inform USAID & DFID on youth employment and entrepreneurship programming.

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Report

Promising Practices in Youth Workforce Development: "The Seven Virtues"

USAID

This technical brief from USAID distills the findings from an extensive review of the known research and evaluation literature into seven key lessons for workforce development program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. USAID workforce development programs seek to incorporate these lessons, while also generating additional evidence on the efficacy of interventions.

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Paper

Review of Development Partner Support for African Union Youth Employment and Education Priorities

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

This report provides an overview of efforts of the African Union (AU) and its development partners to strengthen education in Africa, in the context of the urgent and growing youth employment challenge facing the Continent. It begins with an overview of the AU’s role, structure, and main strategic frameworks and priorities as they relate to youth employment and education.

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Report

Understanding Sector Selections Methods: A Tool for Implementing Labor Market Assessments

Workforce Connections

This guide presents an overview of how and why to select specific sectors as part of a labor market assessment (LMA). It covers how to identify which sectors are the largest employers; which are the most competitive in export markets; where there is the greatest potential for growth, for job creation and, ideally, employment of the target population(s).

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Paper

Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Briefing Paper

Workforce Connections

Check out Workforce Connections' Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Briefing Paper from the Measuring Employment Outcomes event held February 5th, 2015.  

This publication was prepared by John Lindsay and Sara Babb of FHI 360 through the Workforce Connections project. This paper is the result of extensive conversations, literature review, and web research. 

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Paper

Kenya Labor Market Assessment

Workforce Connections

At the request of the USAID mission in Kenya, the FHI 360 Workforce Connections team conducted a Labor Market Assessment (LMA) to analyze the youth workforce and labor market in Kenya. 

The assessment team was asked to identify and propose interventions that would have the highest potential sector and economy wide impacts that lead to generation of employment, better labor market outcomes and strategies for effective youth participation.

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Report

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