Program managers share tips on establishing youth program evaluation approaches

March 21, 2014
Program managers share tips on establishing youth program evaluation approaches

Sharon Grundel and Debi Lang, program managers from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, share lessons learned while developing a uniform approach to assessing the effectiveness of youth programs, in a recent post for AEA365, a blog sponsored by the American Evaluation Association.

Grundel and Lang are managers within the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center Network (MassAHEC) at the Center for Health Policy and Research. MassAHEC supports health career exploration programs for diverse youth across the state, including Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

In their post, Grundel and Lang explain that acknowledging the uniqueness among programs helped establish uniform goals and flexible learning objectives. The post also outlines the importance of collaboration toward the common purpose of gathering data to demonstrate the statewide impact of the various youth programs on high school students’ knowledge of, interest in, and ability to pursue education and careers in the health professions.

Read more about these tips by visiting the blog post, Youth Program Ingredients: How to Measure Success and Tell the Story. The AEA365 blog highlights resources and lessons learned for evaluators.