YouthPower Learning is pleased to share the results of a rigorous analysis of existing evidence of positive youth development (PYD) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
What does the Systematic Review provide?
• A comprehensive framework to understanding PYD in LMICs
• Findings of how PYD has been implemented and areas in need of further investigation
• The latest evidence of what works in achieving positive youth-focused outcomes in LMICs
• Lessons learned that international implementing organizations can integrate into practice
• Recommendations to inform future program design, implementation, and evaluation efforts
The systematic review drew upon peer-reviewed and grey literature published in English, Spanish, and French after 1989. Using a systematic search strategy for peer-reviewed papers, a purposive search in repositories and a survey disseminated to youth-serving organizations, development agencies, and universities, we identified 21,576 peer-reviewed papers and 3,705 grey literature documents. These reports and papers were screened in a three-step process to select the final documents to be included in the data extraction. The 108 (44 peer reviewed literature, 64 grey literature) documents included in the meta-review are all based on evaluations of programs that either the authors or the review team classified as PYD. We considered programs to be “PYD” if they engaged young people (10-29 years of age) and incorporated at least two outcomes within the PYD framework. The quality of the evidence presented in papers was assessed by reviewing their respective research design, measures, and analysis. One-third of all papers reported results from randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The review also included papers reporting other research designs, such as quasi-experimental, pre-post non-experimental, mixed methods, qualitative, and post-test quantitative or qualitative designs.
How can I access the Systematic Review?
The Systematic Review is available for download on YouthPower.org.
Upcoming will be an infographic series on PYD and key findings from the systematic review, and two topic-specific briefs on workforce readiness and HIV/AIDS.