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The Learning Curve - A guide to evaluation for youth organisations

PCDN Global

September 28, 2016

We are very happy to present our evaluation guide: The Learning Curve - A guide to evaluation for youth organisations!

Main aim of the guide is to offer guidance and assessment tools for youth workers in the peacebuilding field, to be able to better plan, monitor and evaluate their work and learn from it.

Why? Because youth organisations often prioritise action to reflection. At the same time, they find it hard to explain what they have achieved. With limited time and resources for reflection, they struggle to become more strategic and improve the quality of their work.

How? By providing two intertwined steps: (1) Assessing your knowledge & practices on 3 levels (personal, project and organisational); (2) Learning and improving your knowledge and practices on these 3 levels. Go to the homepage to read how  the guide works and where you can start!  

There is also the option to download the entire guide in a PDF format, which enables you to use the guide offline, see the document here or download it from the homepage.

Support - In case you have any questions or if you would like to receive more personalised feedback based on your own or your organisation's challenges in monitoring, evaluation and learning, please send an email to [email protected] or become a member of the Facebook group The Learning Curvers. This group functions as an international learning community about MEL in youth peace work. Both the developers of the guide as well as other practitioners are part of the group. Feel free to ask questions, ask for advice or to share challenges and successes related to your practices within MEL.

Context - The guide has been developed in the context of a longterm partnership called Youth Impact: Strengthening Organizational Capacities to Build Peace in Europe, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. The project is implemented by the International Secretariat of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders in partnership with five European UNOY members, namely: Service Civil International (SCI), Fundación Catalunya Voluntaria (FCV), Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo Sviluppo (CEIPES) and European Intercultural Forum (EIF).

This guide is based on an in-depth research and analysis conducted by the six organisations mentioned above. The research focuses on current monitoring, evaluation and learning practices in youth peace organisations in Europe, and identifies what needs to be done to improve them.

Please feel free to share the guide within your own network.

Enjoy your learning experience!

Kind regards on behalf of the Youth Impact Team

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