Engaging Youth in Evaluation: Using Clickers for Data Collection

Lynne M. Borden, Christine Bracamonte Wiggs, Amy Schaller, Gabriel L. Schlomer

Abstract


Now, more than ever, evaluation is an essential component for all programs. Although the need for outcome data is clear, collecting data from youth populations is often difficult, particularly among youth who are vulnerable and/or disenfranchised. While the use of paper-and-pencil (PAP) surveys is a commonly used method of data collection, different technological methods, such as online surveys, text messaging, and personal digital assistants (PDA’s), are increasingly employed in data collection efforts. This article explores the use of audience response systems (“clickers”) as an innovative data collection method that is especially suited for use with youth. In this paper we examine qualitative findings from key informant interviews regarding data collected from youth participants on a youth program quality measure using clicker technology. Findings from the study indicate that the use of clickers may increase youth engagement in and improve the efficiency of the data collection process.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2012.159

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