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NEW! Deliverables from Grants under Contract

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Positive Youth Development Measurement Toolkit

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The PYD Measurement Toolkit aims to help youth programs in LMICs effectively measure PYD outcomes to improve program performance over time, contribute to the body of evidence on PYD, and ultimately influence multi-sector outcomes and impact of youth programming. 
 

Positive Youth Development Illustrative Indicators

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This brief is meant to help program implementers, researchers, evaluators, and funders identify PYD indicators that can be used for youth programming across multiple sectors. Use of these indicators in LMICs can provide additional data on how PYD approaches and outcomes can be linked to sector-specific outcomes.

                  
               
                      
Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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The Systematic Review of PYD Programs in LMICs presents the results of a rigorous analysis of existing evidence of PYD in LMICs. It expands the knowledge base on the impacts and measurement of PYD programs and provides valuable insights for international implementing organizations, researchers, and donors. 

 

Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Brief 

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This brief synthesizes the key findings of the Systematic Review, assesses the impact of PYD in LMICs, provides examples of PYD programs with positive outcomes, and presents recommendations centered on program design, programmatic investment, and evaluation and learning.

Findings on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

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This brief summarizes findings from the YouthPower Learning Systematic Review of PYD Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries relevant to Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DHRG).  It also leverages insights from the YouthPower Learning PYD Measurement Toolkit.

 Sector Briefs from the Systematic Review: 

Findings on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS

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This brief summarizes findings from the YouthPower Learning Systematic Review of PYD Programs in LMICs relevant to programming for SRH and HIV/AIDS. It also leverages insights from the YouthPower Learning PYD Measurement Toolkit . International implementing organizations can integrate lessons learned into practice as researchers continue to build knowledge on the impacts of PYD programs.
 

 

Findings on Workforce Readiness & Employability

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This YouthPower Learning brief summarizes the findings from the YouthPower Learning Systematic Review of PYD Programs in LMICs that are relevant to Workforce Readiness and Employability (WR&E). It also leverages relevant insights from the YouthPower Learning PYD Measurement Toolkit.
 

PYD Infographic 1

What is Positive Youth Development

 
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This first infographic defines Positive Youth Development – PYD – differentiating it from traditional youth development approaches by highlighting its holistic nature and defining the four domains it seeks to strengthen: assets, agency, contribution, and enabling environment.
 

 PYD Infographic 2

Key Findings: Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development (PYD) in Low- and Middle-income Countries (LMICs)

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Having defined PYD as an approach, this infographic outlines some of the key findings of the systematic review regarding the spread and scope of PYD programs in LMICs. This includes outlining where PYD programs have been found, what sector they focus on, and where they are implemented.
 

PYD Infographic 3

Positive Youth Development Programs

 
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Lastly, the impact of PYD programs is summarized by an infographic citing the reported effects of PYD programing across several cross-sector outcomes, as well as the relevant resources associated with those effects.  

 

 

 
                                                    
                                                         

NEW: PYD for Youth in LMICs: Why is it Important for Better Youth Outcomes, and How do We Measure It?

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This poster, originally presented at the 2017 YouthPower Annual Learning Meeting, illustrates findings from the Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development (PYD) Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and the Positive Youth Development Measurement Kit.

 
 

 


                                                  
                
NEW: Soil Mates: Finding the Right Fit between Youth and Agriculture Opportunities

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This infographic provides an analytical framework to both implementers and funders to help them connect sub-groups within the youth cohort with economic opportunities in the agriculture sector that best align with their skills and resources.

Designing a "Non-Academic" Systematic Review to Better Design Youth Interventions

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This poster provides a roadmap for future investments in promising Positive Youth Development Programs.

NEW! YouthPower Learning Brief: Promising Practices in Engaging Youth in Peace and Security and PVE/CVE

Summary of Key Interventions and Examples

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This document seeks to identify best practices, bright spots, and possible opportunities for their replication with a primary focus on preventing violent extremism/countering violent extremism (PVE/CVE).

Technical Briefs in Collaboration with the Communities of Practice (CoPs)

 

NEW! YouthPower Learning Brief: Making the Pitch for Youth Engagement

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This technical brief provides tips for pitching meaningful and ongoing youth engagement to different actors. Suggested messages are presented based on scenarios that practitioners often encounter. 

NEW! YouthPower Learning Brief: Measuring Youth Competencies Across Contexts: Lessons From Implementers on How to Adapt Soft Skills Measurement Tools

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This technical brief gathers and synthesizes lessons learned from implementers’ experiences adapting soft skills measurement tools in diverse geographic and cultural contexts through a brief scan of the literature and three implementer case studies.

Six Tips for Increasing Meaningful Youth Engagement in Programs

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This brief provides youth-focused programs with a definition of meaningful youth engagement, examples of short- and long-term pathways for youth to participate in program activities, and emphasizes the importance of youth involvement in measuring program outcomes.
 

Does Your Program Reflect Gender-Transformative or Positive Youth Development Practices? A Checklist.

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This checklist provides development practitioners with illustrative examples to ensure youth-focused programs incorporate good practices for gender-transformative and PYD programming. It also includes references and tools for integrating gender into monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks and system assessments.

How Do Youth Skills Development Initiatives Ensure Effective Targeting, Recruitment, and Retention?

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This technical brief explores strategies used by skills-based youth livelihood programs to target, recruit, and retain youth beneficiaries for optimal impact, providing concrete examples of how program implementers have addressed these challenges, and documenting some lessons learned and best practices. 

 

Workforce Development and Youth Employment Assessment in Nigeria: Desk Review

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This report presents relevant details on larger contextual issues that frame workforce development and youth employment in Nigeria, such as economic growth and employment trends, the policy and enabling environment, educational stocks and flows, and available workforce development services. 

USAID/Zambia Mission-Wide Youth Assessment

 

This assessment examines program challenges and opportunities, reviews youth policies and strategies of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and other stakeholders, and makes recommendations to ensure that the views of youth are fully considered in evidence-based interventions, models, and approaches of current and future USAID/Zambia programming related to youth.