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.
How should we respond in times of tragedy? It is often difficult to know what to do or see. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS, see below for contact information) recommendations are listed below followed by several resources on CYFERnet.
This CYFAR Conference workshop presentation by Laura Bovitz, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, includes 10 steps for program development with Latino youth from building trust and rapport with the Latino community to making the program sustainable.
It's a classic scene: the bully taunts then shoves the victim. The surrounding crowd of people does nothing, perhaps averting their eyes or watching in fascination, maybe walking more quickly to avoid the situation. This is the bystander effect in action. Why? Why does no one intervene to stop the violence?
Children and teens are not always kind to each other. In fact, they can be cruel and abusive. The bad news is that this is increasingly a significant problem in today's society. The good news is that research-based information and practical steps exist that you can use to help both the bullies and their victims.
Do CYFAR (and 4-H) youth programs foster the development of social capital? It is a good question and one that has often been addressed in presentations at past CYFAR Conferences by Community Programs seeking to promote resilience and positive youth development in our youth.
Apprenticeship seems an old-fashioned idea—learning on the job, from a master, instead of in school. Youth development through apprenticeship is the subject of a new book by Robert Halpern, who proposes that the profession take a new look at this old practice.
CYFAR 2009 workshop that explores the background and history of a youth project that uses photovoice and participatory video. Photovoice is a method that enables people to define for themselves and others, including policy makers, what is worth remembering and what needs to be changed.
Is it possible to display details on a map from a distance in space of 12,000 miles while traveling at speeds of roughly 7,000 miles an hour? This GIS-based activity provides an innovative and relevant opportunity for youth to answer this question, using their school grounds as canvas to create and plan a drawing of their choice.