The CYFERnet SEARCH: Supporting Evaluation and Research Capacity Hub website provides resources for increasing the evaluation capacity of CYFAR programs nationally. The Logic Model Builder walks you through the process of creating a CYFAR-approved logic model, and allows you to preview, edit and print a PDF version of the logic model that you develop through this online tool.
The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.
This presentation will assist new researchers and practitioners in how to navigate the pitfalls and take advantage of resources as they design and implement social science research studies with a child and youth focus. Participants will learn about designing a good research project, issues surrounding measurement and psychometrics, issues surrounding use of existing data and instrument development, and questionnaire and survey design.
Do the young people you work with have love lives? And, do those love lives ever cause them (or you) problems or concerns? Learn about Relationship Smarts PLUS, an easily implemented, research based, evaluated program that helps young people get smart about their love lives. Young people today live and breathe in a culture that touts casual sex and casual connections. Relationship Smarts PLUS helps young people acquire practical skills for emotionally healthy and ethically sound relationships.
The degree of rigor needed in an evaluation is determined by several factors: stakeholder and audience needs, time, budget, and expertise. Choosing the best evaluation design is more of a balancing act of choices than it is selecting a design from a pre-determined hierarchy of rigor. Webinar participants will: (1) Learn the different types of evaluation designs; (2) Understand the trade-offs inherent in each design; (3) Explore the impact of budget, time, data, and political constraints in program evaluation; and (4) Design an evaluation for a program they would like to evaluate.
What does it take to set the stage for an effective intergenerational program? Did you know that the physical environment of an intergenerational program can stimulate or stifle elder and child interactions? And what can you do to conduct an effective program in a space that was designed without children or older adults in mind? Learn how to accommodate the developmental needs of both groups in a shared intergenerational space including traffic flow, features to promote interaction, placement and use of materials, storage, and more.
A unique civic engagement curriculum rooted in community development that teaches public deliberation skills. PEACE is intended to help make the process of teaching citizenship, public deliberation and civic engagement more enjoyable and youth driven. PEACE is comprised of six lessons and designed as scaffolds, where each lesson is used to build into the next lesson.
When is behavior part of normal child development and when is it a problem? How do afterschool staff redirect the child who is misbehaving? What can afterschool staff do to make a positive and engaging environment for children? Both child and adult behaviors figure into the equation of a positive afterschool program. Positive Guidance and Discipline for Afterschool Programs will look at behaviors and feeling, developmental domains, reasons for misbehaving, setting up a constructive environment, and using positive guidance and discipline techniques.
Joyce Arditti's research presentation from the CYFAR Conference 2010 examines how demographic status, cumulative disadvantage, institutional practices, and a sociopolitical environment characterized by stigma affect the context and processes of parenting within the context of parental imprisonment. The implications of parental incarceration on families are considered, and challenges and recommendations for research, intervention and policy discussed.