Breaking it Down: Defining the Framework & Evaluating the Impact of a Peer Education Program

Kathleen Burke Blackburn, Imaani Greene, Shintele Malloy, Rima Himelstein, Alexandra Hanlon, Jennifer K. Ibrahim


Evaluation in the field of youth development continues to evolve.  Youth development programs vary significantly in their focus, setting and outcomes.  Community-based programs seeking to create or strengthen their evaluation methods and tools may have difficulty identifying what to measure and how to capture anticipated outcomes.  This article focuses on a youth development program combining service learning and peer education, serving urban adolescents ages 14 to 19.  The purposes of this study are: 1) to illustrate a strategy used to clarify and align core activities, anticipated outcomes and evaluation tools, and 2) to provide an overview of the updated data collection instruments created by the program. 

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