The American Evaluation Association (AEA) celebrated EvalYouth week from February 12 to 17 by posting daily blogs about the EvalYouth committee, goals and their activities. Here’s a summary to get you acquainted with EvalYouth, with links to the full blogs and the EvalYouth website below.
What is EvalYouth?
EvalYouth is an EvalPartners initiative with two overarching goals: 1) to promote Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs) to become competent, experienced and well-networked professionals who contribute to evaluation capacity at national, regional and international levels and 2) to promote the inclusion of Youth and Young People (YYP) in evaluations conducted at the national, regional and international levels. EvalYouth was launched at the 2015 Global Evaluation Week by Co-Chairs Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead and Marie Gervais and has members from around the world who are invested in the future of evaluation. Three task forces work toward advancing EvalYouth’s goals by getting YEEs and YYP more involved in evaluation and providing opportunities for YEEs to build their careers in evaluation.
What is EvalYouth doing?
Task Force 1 is increasing the engagement of YEEs in the governance and activities of Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), like CES, to ensure knowledge is transferred across generations of evaluators and future leaders emerge within the profession. The Task Force is currently conducting a survey to understand the current involvement of YEEs in VOPEs and the value they can bring to governing processes.
Leaders and Board members of CES are invited to complete the survey:
Survey results will be shared at the next Global Evaluation Forum and a collection of stories from YEEs and perceptions of VOPE leaders on the importance of including YEEs in association governance is in the pipeline.
Task Force 2 is developing a mentoring program for YEEs, starting with a needs assessment to understand how YEEs are engaged in mentoring, and to identify gaps in mentoring currently. A survey of mentorship needs was completed by over 300 people in 19 countries and an infographic of the results is available online.
The Task Force is now working on designing the Mentoring Program.
Task Force 3 is providing opportunities for knowledge sharing and learning, and kicked off activities with the first virtual EvalYouth conference on December 3, 2016. The conference was broadcast in English, with French and Spanish translation, and had over 600 participants registered from around the globe. If you missed it, check out the sessions on the EvalYouth YouTube channel. The Task Force is now organizing an in-person EvalYouth conference.
2017 Milestones for EvalYouth
- EvalYouth and a YEE delegation will be attending the EvalPartners 3 Global Evaluation Forum April 26-28 in Kyrgyzstan.
- There will be co-sponsorship of the "youth and emerging evaluators strand" at the 8th African Evaluation Association Conference March 27-31 in Uganda.
- Enhanced membership and new partnerships will build the capacity of EvalYouth and its Task Forces to realize their goals.
Want to know more?
Check out the EvalYouth website.
Send us an email: EvalYouth@gmail.com
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Check out our YouTube channel: Eval Youth
How can you get involved?
Young or Emerging Evaluators, young people and anyone who is passionate about evaluation and committed to investing in the future of evaluation can become a member of EvalYouth. EvalYouth is committed to reaching evaluators across the globe and in multiple languages.
To become a member or join a Task Force, send an email to EvalYouth@gmail.com.
American Evaluation Association website
- February 12, 2017: EvalYouth Week: What is EvalYouth?
- February 13, 2017: EvalYouth Week: The Launch of EvalYouth in Nepal
- February 14, 2017: EvalYouth Week: YEEs and VOPEs: Addressing the Active Involvement and Institutionalization in VOPE´s Governance
- February 15, 2017: EvalYouth Week: Building Evaluator and Evaluation Capacity by Mentoring Young and Emerging Evaluators
- February 16, 2017: EvalYouth Week: Dreams Coming True: The First EvalYouth Virtual Conference
- February 17, 2017: EvalYouth Week: 2017 Plans for EvalYouth