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Youth Analysis, Reviews and Evaluations

Programme Management Tool

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PURPOSE
In line with the youth involvement in sounding boards for policy development and on-going programme monitoring, youth may also be involved in regular programme analysis, reviews and real-time and end-evaluations. This will further support the overall youth agenda and specific priorities, policies and achievements related to youth specific indicators, as well as provide a critical youth-lens to the overall exercise. Ref. Youth Situational Analysis. Youth inclusive analyses, reviews and evaluations will benefit from having youth  represented on the team(s) carrying out the analytical work..

Involving youth

The objective of involving youth in the analysis, review and evaluation teams is multiple:

• To promote that young people’s rights and perspectives are embedded throughout the analysis, review and evalu-ation processes and outputs.
• To strengthen perception data (i.e. stakeholders’ perception of a given situation) available for programming, as-sessing the success of program implementation, and/or informing recommendations for future programming.
• To provide a bridge between different generations’ assessment of priorities.

The advantages and results of including youth in a team of experts may include:

• Enhanced community perspective
• Better communication with young people
• Broadening the canvas of assumptions held in the team
• Capacity building of young evaluator(s)

Profile of young team members

• Within the national age range for youth
• Experienced in working with youth in the specific development sector
• Knowledge of non-capital and non-urban areas (depending on the context of engagements)
• Balanced participation of men and women

Recruitment
If the young team members are recruited among members of a Youth Sounding Board or similar consultation group for the Danish programmes, the participation may also contribute to:

• Build the long-term capacities of members of the YSB,
• Model a new approach to youth inclusive analysis, reviews and evaluations.

Young team members may also be contracted through subject matter relevant civil society organisations, private sector institutions/organisations, universities, consultancy agencies or independently.

Youth Inclusive Evaluation of an End Early Marriage Program in Ethiopia1

The inclusion of Young Evaluators and Young Ambassadors as official members of the final evaluation team was an innovation. The inclusion of young people’s voices is an established good practice in all aspects of programmes which aim to benefit the lives and opportunities of young people, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child supports children’s right to participate in any decision-making which affects them. Despite this, inclusion of young people as bona fide evaluators is not well-evidenced. Young people are often now consulted, or work as peer researchers, but they do not often get included in analysis and decision-making around other young people’s rights and needs.2

1 Inspired by youth inclusive evaluations carried out by DFID in Ethiopia and based on interview and documentation from DFID in Addis Ababa, October 2018. See also Independent Verification and Evaluation of the End Child Marriage Programme: Ethiopia, Mid-term Report, DFID, March 2015.
2 Ibid. p.13.

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In case of questions, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Global Youth Advisor, Thomas Rudebeck Eilertzen (thorei@um.dk)