Evaluation of the Youth-Driven Spaces Project


The Youth-Driven Space (YDS) program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was comprised of a coaching/training model implemented in eight youth-serving organizations in Michigan. The intervention was designed and conducted by The Neutral Zone in collaboration with The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart Center) and S|Y|N Associates. Michigan State University’s Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative (CERC) participated as the evaluation partner for the initiative and provided ongoing input in meetings with the partners.   The program was designed to increase the capacity of organizations serving high-school-age youth to develop youth 21st Century skills (or “soft skills”), including collaboration, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership, by providing opportunities for youth to function within the management system of the organization.   This evaluation report addresses the period between January 25, 2010 and December 31, 2011. During the reporting period, a series of evaluation activities, including surveys, focus groups, interviews, and observations with youth, staff, administrators, and coaches, were conducted for the YDS project to fulfill two major purposes: (a) to document program implementation to contribute to the manualization of the program; and (b) to assess the impact of the YDS intervention on organizational and youth outcomes.



Authors: Laurie A. Van Egeren,Heng-Chieh Wu,Mariah Kornbluh

Publisher: Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative University Outreach & Engagement Michigan State University

NZ Final Evaluation Report - P3013723.pdf - 358.24 KB

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