Evaluation & Assessment

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.


The World's Youth 2013 Data Sheet

Girls and boys in developing countries are enrolling in secondary school in greater numbers than ever before, giving them knowledge and skills for healthy, productive lives.

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How Are We Making Affordable Broadband Internet Access a Reality?

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Technology Salon
Event Date: 
Apr 17, 2014 (09:30am to 11:30am)

We all know that broadband connectivity is an accelerant for social and economic development. The last year has seen an explosion of projects focused on bringing connectivity to developing areas, from balloons and drones to satellites and wireless ISPs.

What Are the Ethics of ICT in Development?

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Technology Salon
Event Date: 
Apr 22, 2014 (08:30am to 10:30am)

We have often discussed the ethics of data collection

Royaume du Maroc - Promouvoir les Opportunités et la Participation des Jeunes

Préparé juste avant le Printemps arabe, ce rapport anticipe les demandes d'inclusion sociale et économique formulée par les jeunes Marocains en particulier après Février 2011. Depuis lors, ces demandes ont été amplifiées et ont atteint un nouveau niveau d'urgence. Cette étude adopte une approche mixte combinant une analyse quantitative et une analyse qualitative et institutionnelle.

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Morocco - Promoting youth opportunities and participation

This policy note, based on the Morocco Household and Youth Survey (2009-10), analyzes the aspirations of young Moroccans aged 15 to 29 years, their economic and social circumstances, as well as the institutional factors that hinder their economic and social inclusion. This study adopts a mixed method approach combining an innovative quantitative instrument with qualitative and institutional analysis.

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DC+Acumen Social Enterprise Week

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Apr 14, 2014 (All day) to Apr 18, 2014 (All day)

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The Global Youth Wellbeing Index

The inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index gathers and connects youth-related data to 

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Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship: What Works, Where, and Why?

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Making Cents International
Event Date: 
May 6, 2014 (10:00am to 11:00am)

Webinar Speaker(s):
Laura Rana, MEL Manager at Youth Business International (UK)
Annie Barber, MEL Manager at Youth Business International (UK)
Stéphanie Mestrallet, EEB Operations Manager at PlaNet Finance (France)
Jérôme Bouillaut, EEB Development Officer at PlaNet Finance (France)

Webinar Time in Your TimeZone: http://j.mp/1oH70ki

The Operational Guide for Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) Approach

The Guide is intended to provide an accessible operational resource to help put the M4p approach into practice. 
The Guide is the third in a trio of documents about the Making Markets Work for the poor (M4p) approach. The first – the Synthesis – introduces the approach. The second – the Perspectives – explores the application of M4P in a number of different fields. The emphasis of the Guide is on how to implement M4P, but it builds on the first and second documents and assumes that the reader has some familiarity with them. 
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