EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation with Bonnie Shepard, Consultant, 2017
Monitoring and evaluating youth-focused programs can seem/be challenging for many reasons such as:
Despite challenges, evaluating and deliberate learning from program experience is vital to understand if they are making a difference to young people. Programs and funders need to understand if desired changes for youth take place, and to adjust accordingly. Effective advocacy for shifts in policy or resources requires data. Solid program experience and evidence of results is needed before contemplating scaling youth-focused approaches.
Effective monitoring and evaluation is built into programs at the beginning by having a clear program model, outlining key assumptions and expected results (a “theory of change”). Therefore, EMpower discusses planned monitoring and evaluation with grantees during proposal submission. To assist with such and to de-mystify evaluation, we developed user-friendly tools and guidance on specific aspects of youth development that many EMpower grantee partners seek to measure – see specific links by topic area below.
EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation (with Julie Solomon, consultant), 2010
This guide is intended to provide some basic definitions, tools, and methods related to program evaluation. Topics include: reasons to evaluate your work, types of evaluation, and timing of an evaluation. The guide also includes tools for collecting data as well as tips on conducting focus groups, surveys, and in-depth interviews.
EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, 2017
This EMpower-curated toolkit provides concepts, tips, resources and exercises to help small organizations understand more about fundraising, determine the most effective approaches given their capacity and context, and gain concrete ideas to strengthen their fundraising strategies and tactics.
EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, 2010
This is a practical resource for organizations seeking to start or strengthen entrepreneurship programs for young, at-risk women. It outlines the essential components of successful entrepreneurship programs, discusses common challenges and considerations, and provides other useful tips and resources.
For use with young women in their late teens or early twenties.
The toolkit discusses the following topics:
EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation, 2015
This resource kit was put together to provide references and easy‐to-use tools and resources for participants in the “Shattering Stereotypes Learning Exchange on Nontraditional Jobs for Young Women”. This Learning Exchange, which took place in January 2015, brought together select EMpower grantee partners and other experts working to position and prepare girls and young women for jobs usually reserved for males.
EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation, 2015
The purpose of The Girl Path is to identify obstacles that prevent girls from fully participating in youth programs, and then to brainstorm ways that programs can remove, reduce, or otherwise address those barriers.
The Girl Path is currently available in English, Spanish and Russian, with imagery options of girls from E/SE Asia, India, Latin America, Europe and Africa.
The Girl Path brochure contains instructions to implement this tool, and the Girl Path Icons are able to be cut out for use.
Population Council, 2010
This toolkit is meant for anyone interested in designing or running a program specifically for adolescent girls.
EMpower - The Emerging Markets foundation (with Andrea Lynch, consultant), 2012
This toolkit brings together user-friendly information and practical, participatory approaches that enable adolescent girl participants in youth-serving organizations to document changes in their lives, and to provide input to shape programs. It contains eight innovative, participatory tools that program staff and girl participants can use to improve the quality of the programs, deepen insight into girls’ realities, and capture and share changes in girls’ lives. *Tools only available in English.
Instituto Promundo with support from IPPF/WHR, PAHO and WHO, 2002
This toolkit is designed to help young men (ages 15 to 24) explore gender roles and relationships, with activities on the following topics:
International Sexuality and HIV Curriculum Working Group, 2011
This comprehensive, user-friendly resource helps policymakers, curriculum developers, and educators to develop locally appropriate sexuality/HIV education curricula that promote critical thinking about gender and rights. The toolkit has 54 sample activities, all tested and easy to adapt across cultures.
Developed for ages 15 and older, but can be adapted for younger youth. This two-book kit provides essential content on: