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YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation

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  • Objective: GSDI is a subcontractor of a consortium, led by Making Cents International, that was awarded USAID's Youth Power 2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE) contract to deepen the integration of positive youth development (PYD) evidence and best practices into youth programming, ensuring more sustainable change.
  • Initiative/Approach: YP2LE activities are designed to examine the impact of cross-sectoral youth programming, in collaboration with USAID, YouthPower implementing partners, PYD researchers, youth-led and youth-serving organizations, individual young change-makers, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Findings: The goal of this three-year activity is to give practitioners the information, tools, and resources they need to develop high-quality, impactful, and sustainable youth programs, allowing empowered youth, working with supportive adults, to create the kind of sustainable change in individuals and systems that leads to self-reliance.
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2020 – 2021: GSDI researchers have recently concluded a systematic review designed to better understand opportunities for addressing the varied needs of vulnerable and marginalized youth populations. The primary review questions addressed included:

  1. How are vulnerable and marginalized youth populations defined?
  2. How do experiences of marginalization promote or limit a youth’s ability to access, participate, and thrive in PYD programs?
  3. What resources and tools for capturing the experienced of marginalization exist to inform future PYD programming?

2021 – 2022: GSDI researchers are beginning another systematic review designed to better understand how to build community resilience and support youth in LMICs. The primary questions to be explored include:

  1. What are the specific “building blocks” or best practices shown to lead to improved community-level resilience capacities?
  2. What specific programs and program approaches (e.g., cross-sectoral or sector-specific focus) have been successful at mitigating the impact of shocks and stressors on youth health outcomes?
  3. How are programs measuring community resilience? To what extent have programs focused on promoting community resilience and related youth health outcomes been evaluated?
  4. What – if any – community-level resilience capacities are associated with improved health and health-seeking behaviors of youth during/immediately following a crisis?
  5. To what extent are communities (especially health centers, programs) able to mitigate the effects of shocks and stressors regarding youth health and health-seeking behaviors?


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