YouthPower Learning Director Cassandra Jessee Presents at 2017 AEA Conference

When: November 11, 2017

Cassandra Jessee, Director, YouthPower Learning, will be sharing her YouthPower Learning expertise at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference on Saturday, November 11, 2017. This year’s meeting focuses on “Evaluation: From Learning to Action.” Cassandra will be leading a workshop, “Measuring Positive Youth Development (PYD) Skill-Building Workshop,” and participating in the panel, “Addressing Complexity in Youth Program Evaluations.”

About the "Measuring Positive Youth Development (PYD) Skill-Building" workshop
Jointly led by Cassandra Jessee and Mark D. Bardini (Senior Vice President for M&E and U.S. Operations - Khulisa Management Services, Inc.), this interactive skills-building workshop will focus on a set of activities that are based on YouthPower Learning’s Positive Youth Development Measurement Toolkit. Workshop attendees will learn about and apply a PYD framework to their youth programming, evaluation, or research.

This skill-building workshop will provide insights and practical knowledge for participants on:

  • Framing a program and its theory of change based on a PYD Framework;
  • Identifying PYD indicators that are appropriate for different types and contexts of youth programs;
  • Providing appropriate tools for measuring PYD outcomes and other resources;
  • Applying best practices for measuring PYD and adapting PYD tools in various contexts.

About the “Addressing Complexity in Youth Program Evaluations” panel
At this multi-paper panel, chaired by Susana Micaela Morales (Principal - Communities in Collaboration | Comunidades en Colaboración), Cassandra will discuss “Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: What do we know, what don’t we know, and how can we measure it to design more effective PYD programs?” Cassandra and colleagues from the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) who participated in developing the YouthPower Learning publication, Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, share a positive youth development framework and associated indicators, and discuss how to integrate PYD principles in monitoring and evaluation to improve program performance.  
About the AEA Evaluation Conference
The American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 31st annual conference, November 6-11 in Washington, D.C., brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world to share and learn. Details at http: //


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