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CES conference June 2013; presentation by Dominique Leonard, Heather Smith Fowler, Neil Price

CES conference June 2013; presentation by Dominique Leonard, Heather Smith Fowler, Neil Price

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  • 2. Project description:Context, genesis, screen shotsEvaluating Raising the Grade4.What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation?Conceptualizing different levels of youth engagementEngaging youth using technologyEngaging youth in evaluation with the help of technologyApproaches to evaluation in other community tech programsThe ‘perfect storm’ for innovationRetrospective on Year 1How did we use technology to engage youth in the evaluation?What did we learn?Moving up the ladder of engagement: Year 2 and beyond Moving out of our ‘comfort zone’ – building on Year 1 and forging new skills, approaches to engaging youth in the evaluation
  • Web 1.0 (http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/464-Basic-Definitions-Web-1-0-Web-2-0-Web-3-0)web allowed us to search for information and read itlittle in the way of user interaction or content contribution‘read only’, ‘read-write’ nomenclature proposed by Berners-Lee

Ces 2013   the role of technology and social media - raising the grade Ces 2013 the role of technology and social media - raising the grade Presentation Transcript

  • Technology and social media : fostering youth participation in evaluation Dominique Leonard, Heather Smith Fowler, Neil Price CES Conference 2013, Toronto
  • Outline 1. Raising the Grade: program description 2. Key characteristics/features of good technology, youth engagement, evaluation 3. What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation? 5. Retrospective on Year 1 6. Moving up the ladder of engagement: Year 2 and beyond
  • Raising the Grade: Description  35 Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada  Funded by Rogers Youth Fund  Started in Oct 2012  To date, just under 300 youth enrolled  National program BUT focus on local flexibility to adapt  Academics + tinkering with tech!  http://www.raisingthegrade.ca/
  • Raising the Grade: major program components 1. Academic support  1:1 mentorship  Personal development plans (MyBlueprint), e-portfolios  Engaging projects and activites (driven by youth interests)  Access to curated, high-quality academic resources 2. Rogers Tech Centres 3. Scholarship program 4. Evaluation and continuous improvement
  • Evaluation and Continuous Improvement  Coming together during the RFI  Who is SRDC? • Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) • Canadian non-profit research firm • Why was SRDC selected to lead the evaluation? – 20 years‟ experience running demonstration projects – 10+ years testing new educational programs – Presence across Canada  Developmental, capacity building  User-driven, utilization focused
  • Evaluation and Continuous Improvement  Year 1 – laying the groundwork • Each tool, measure mapped to relevant input, activity, output, or outcome  UNIQUE, SPECIFIC – Registration form – Youth baseline and annual surveys – Quarterly reports – Program snapshots – Weekly check-ins – Interviews, focus groups – Web analytics (Raising the Grade website, myBlueprint)
  • Features of good technology, youth engagement, evaluation Technology Youth engagement Evaluation Fast Fun What are the features of „good‟ evaluation (i.e., rigorous, relevant, feasible/practical, transferable, etc.)? When was the last time you had an evaluation that encompassed many of the characteristics of „good‟ technology and youth engagement? DYNAMIC TENSION! Reliable Empowering Ubiquitous Relevant, meaningful Constantly updated/refreshed Authentic (e.g., beyond tokenism) Accessible, clear Timely (at the moment) Engaging Developmentally appropriate Comprehensive, multiple features, sequenced and layered Flexible structure
  • What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation?  Principles of meaningful youth participation have been around for decades – a lot of research on what works and doesn‟t to foster youth participation in programs
  • What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation? Youth and participatory evaluation strategies (Sabo Flores, 2008):  Training young people as interviewers  Training young people as creative focus group facilitators  Working with young people to develop surveys  Using performance as a data collection strategy  Using journaling in evaluation  Approaching data analysis and report writing creatively
  • What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation?  There is an emerging body of knowledge on what works (and what doesn‟t) for technology use in evaluation (Web 1.0 – 3.0)  The challenge as evaluators: staying on top of emerging tools and technology
  • What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation? • Web 1.0: the “read-only” web • Web 2.0: the “read-write” web -- users able to interact with one another or contribute content • Web 3.0: Existing data reconnected for other (smarter) uses
  • What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation?  Mobile technology platforms (from Kerry Bruce, aea365.com)  Photovoice, Videos, Photostories  Interactive mapping tools (e.g., DataMind, GIS)  Webinars, YouTube
  • What do we know about the intersection of youth participation + technology + evaluation?  You only get 2 of the 3 covered in any one „field‟/tools/guidance to inform how to make it work well  Approach to evaluation in other Club Tech programs • we‟re gonna push it one step further
  • Retrospective on Year 1  What have we learned? What have we struggled with  Web analytics  Blogs  Surveys  Polls  Social media  Challenges • Building tech capacity/know how • complexity of program (careers, PSE, homework , Rogers, etc.) • individualizing an experience for an incoming youth while maintaining a structural integrity across a National program
  • Moving up the ladder of engagement: Year 2 and beyond  The „perfect storm‟ for innovation  Emerging ideas • youth reflecting on their own baseline „portrait‟ • design and development of a new interactive activity
  • THANK YOU!