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Nonprofit organizations -- Management, Nonprofit organizations -- Study and teaching, Evaluation research (Social action programs) -- Citizen participation, Social service -- Evaluation

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6 pages


This month’s topic is participatory evaluation with youth.

Talking about youth in evaluation would not be appropriate without including youth perspectives. This month, thanks to The Nonprofit Institute’s instructor Thuan Duong, we are fortunate to share insights from youth actively involved in a major program evaluation. As part of the evaluation of the DHS Child Welfare’s LIFE Program (see program description below), Thuan works with a Youth Advisory Board (YAB), who are collaboratively interviewed below.

Besides working as a Research Associate with Portland State University’s Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services, Thuan is an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Program Evaluation program offered through The Nonprofit Institute, and brings a wealth of expertise in culturally-responsive program evaluation to students of this program. We will be releasing an application for the 2019-2020 cohort of this program later this spring. If you are interested in learning more, please sign up for our interest list.

Identifying stakeholders is a critical first step when thinking about any program evaluation. Including these stakeholders in designing, implementing, and reporting is not only more culturally-responsive, it is also empowering, especially to service users. As nonprofit professionals, we are asked to do too much in too little time, and participatory evaluation can seem out of reach. We propose reframing participation as investing time in evaluation that benefits not only your organization, but your community, as well.

Let the resources and insights we share in The Nonprofit Nerd inspire you to get your nerd on and find innovative ways to make research and data work for you and your nonprofit!


The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) is a collaboration with community stakeholders and representatives from PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of the Arts, the School of Business’ Impact Entrepreneurs program, and the School of Social Work’s Center to Advance Racial Equity.

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