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CYD Evaluation Series: Stepping Up to Survey and Use Observational Data

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

1:00 PM ET - 2:30 PM ET

Members Only

Register for single webinar (free for members; $35 for non-members)
Register for the four-part series (free for members; $120 for non-members)

This webinar is the second in a four-part series, Evaluation as a Strategy for Building Creative Youth Development, which will examine evaluation as a strategy for building, improving, and funding creative youth development programs. The growing strength of the creative youth development movement necessitates that programs, staff, partners, and funders re-think fundamental ways of doing business--program design, staffing, and evaluation to create more active and ongoing roles for young people as critical thinkers, designers, and decision makers. Across the series participants will build vital strategies by examining examples from the work of other CYD organizations and reflecting on their own practices. You can register for a single webinar or sign-up for all!

In our second webinar, Stepping Up to Survey and Use Observational Data, we will explore how to design and use surveys and observational protocols, both field-tested tools and new ones tailored to individual programs. As part of this work, we will look at a range of strategies for involving current youth and alumni as critical respondents to and designers of tools. We will discuss the important work of formative assessment: the fine art of using findings to improve programs over time. The webinar series is chaired by Dennie Palmer Wolf and informed by many voices from the CYD field including: Julia Gittleman, Steven Holochwost, Gladys Hidalgo, Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, James Miles, Käthe Swaback and others.

This webinar and the entire series will be interactive. You can expect: 1) pre-assignments that will alert you to the big ideas, prepare you to examine your own current practices, and allow you to send in questions ahead of time; 2) an exchange of distinctive perspectives from the presenters; and 3) ample time for audience questions.

We encourage programs to support teams of participants in order to sustain the inquiry and conversation between and beyond the individual sessions .All materials will be sent to participants in advance of each session.

Upcoming webinars in this series include:

  • Thinking through Comparisons (Oct. 17)
  • Partnering for Large-Scale, Quantitative Evaluation (Oct. 24)

Series Chair

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf trained as a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, where she led studies on the early development of artistic and symbolic capacities. She directed Project PACE (Projects in Active Cultural Engagement) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an organization that focused on children and youth as vital, but often ignored, forces in cultural planning. More recently, she has pioneered evaluation studies that build the capacities of organizations, funders, and the communities they serve, co-authoring More Than Measuring, a longitudinal study of the effects of arts-based learning, sponsored by Big Thought, a 50-organization consortium in Dallas. Wolf has published widely on issues of assessment, evaluation, artistic, and imaginative development. At the heart of her work is a commitment to increasing children and youth’s access to learning featuring inquiry, innovation, and imagination both in and out of school. In 2013, she was awarded the National Guild Service Award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Contact Details

Questions? Please contact Drew Malmuth, Community Manager, at 212-268-3337 x19 or

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