An evaluation measures the extent to which the project has successfully achieved its goals and objectives (Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, 2004). It also seeks to find out how the process was for children and young people, whether they were satisfied with their participation and what impact it has had on them (Queensland Department of Child Safety, 2006).
It is worth considering using an external organisation or individual to conduct the evaluation. This is helpful for maintaining a distance between the project facilitators and the participants, making the process truly objective.
Also consider involving children and young people in facilitating the evaluation. This would require training them in interviewing techniques or other appropriate methodologies. Children and young people can work with adults to develop their own questions to provide a unique view of how a particular project is impacting on children and young people (Cambridgeshire Children’s Fund & Save the Children Fund, 2005).
All evaluations must adhere to the same ethical principles discussed in the Ethical considerations and Consent sections of this site. This means providing participants with an information sheet outlining the purpose of the evaluation and what their involvement will entail.
It also means obtaining informed consent.