Youth Cohort Study West Bank
West Bank

Prime Implementer

Social Impact

Project Timeline

Starting in 2017-2018

Project Goals

The project will examine factors that contribute to participants' changes in employment, income, health, and attitudes toward violence. The research will also include capacity assessments of the YDRCs, and, together with the cohort data, will generate information that assists in future decision making about youth development policy in the region.

Approach

Social Impact is about to begin an 18-month panel study of youth 15-29 years old living in the West Bank who have interacted with USAID-supported Youth Development Resource Centers (YDRC) in numerous locations around the West Bank. The project will examine factors that contribute to participants' changes in employment, income, health, and attitudes toward violence. The research will also include capacity assessments of the YDRCs, and, together with the cohort data, will generate information that assists in future decision making about youth development policy in the region.
 
The evaluation design approach will be anchored by positive youth development principles, and make central the meaningful inclusion of youth in the design and implementation of the evaluation. This will be achieved by first completing a scoping mission in December, which includes site visits to the YDRCs, holding a design workshop with youth participants, and identifying youth leaders from the different locations to serve as steering committee members.
 
The data collection approach will incorporate the principles of peer research and will engage evaluation participants as data collectors. The youth cohort study will include a survey of a representative sample of participants and focus group discussions among a purposeful subset.

Contact:

Andrew Epstein: aepstein@socialimpact.com