This unit helps you understand more about what evaluation is, its importance and how to do it well so as to add weight behind your campaigns to make change happen. Particularly thinking about sustainability and climate change it’s crucial to think about local and global links, wider impacts of your actions, who you’re sharing your successes with and the progress you’ve made. Why this is important is because of the interconnection of local action to global change and practising what we preach.
Its important that the evaluation covers personal reflection including how you’ve changed as an individual and what you do differently. Think back to your passport in Unit 1.
- Understanding about evaluation
- Tooling up for evaluation
- Doing the evaluation
YouthBank is an exciting and innovative UK-wide movement, based on local projects run by young people managing funds and giving out grants to other young people for projects and activities they want to develop and run in their communities. A number of YouthBank young people decided they needed to know more about the difference they were making. They volunteered to become evaluators. They went on three residential weekends and explored what evaluation was and why it was important – and had a good time as well. They gained confidence and skills and devised their own tools for evaluating local YouthBanks. Equipped young people now evaluate the work and impact of other YouthBanks, helping consolidate learning and good practice in supporting local groups. And this in turn helps local YouthBanks get more grants to give out to more young people’s groups and make a bigger difference in their communities.
Below are the three aims of the unit. Use activity sheet 33 to rate your current knowledge. Give yourself a personal score on the scale 1-2-3-4-5. 1 is low and 5 is high. What proof do you have? Refer to the list in the Introduction for examples of what might be good sources of evidence. This is particularly important if you are using this unit to gain credits towards an award. What score would you give yourselves as a group?
|Aim||Personal score||Group score||What evidence do I have?|
|Understanding about evaluation||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Tooling up for evaluation||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Doing the evaluation||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|