Sequor YDI researchers engage in a wide variety of youth development related research and evaluation projects. As an organization we are always looking for projects to help increase the fields knowledge of youth development best practices and programs. We also work with organizations who are looking to better understand the impacts of their programs or to increase their capacity to evaluate their own programs. For more information about working with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Past Sequor YDI Projects – Please click on the title for more information.
Monitoring Structured Experiences during Youth Programs: Development of Brief Measures of Perceived Value and Engagement
Researcher(s) Involved: Gary D. Ellis, Allen S. Taggart, Jill Martz, Toby Lepley, Tazim Jamal
Description of Project: A brief questionnaire that can be used to routinely monitor the quality of structured experiences for youth is discussed in this paper. Structured experiences are discrete periods of time in which youth gather for activity under the supervision of adult or youth leaders. Four-item measures of perceived value and engagement were created. A questionnaire including these measures along with items from the 4-H Common Measures was administered to 219 youth from 11 4-H clubs. Data were analyzed for evidence of reliability and validity. Alpha reliability estimates were .82 and .71 for the two multiple-item monitoring instruments. Correlations (validity coefficients) ranged from .48 to .61. Multiple regression results were consistent with predictions. Significant relations were found between perceived value, engagement, meaningfulness and supportiveness of social climate and safety of social climate. Results thus suggest that these instruments may be appropriate for use in monitoring structured experiences for youth.
Ft. Worth After School Evaluation
Researcher(s) Involved: Peter Witt
Description of Project: FWAS has just completed its 15th year. FWAS is making meaningful contributions to the social and academic success of students. The sites provide a safe place for students to be after-school, a place with more resources than are typically found in many of the communities in which students live, and alternatives to just hanging out or being involved in negative behaviors. Survey comments suggest further attention to sharing best-practices among program sites, continuing to upgrade staff training, and continuing to find ways to link program content with desired school outcomes, without diminishing the importance of differences in after- and before-school settings from the classroom environment. FWAS has made a strong commitment to continuous program improvement and monitoring. With a stable program that has been in existence for 15 years, there is a great opportunity to continue to build upon already successful program content and quality.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp - Kids For Camp Program
Researcher(s) Involved: Chris Harrist, Jill Martz, Joyce Carter, Chad Nelson, Dominik Reyes, & Alex Sullins
Description of Project: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families, free of charge. The Kids For Camp program encourages and supports school-aged kids to practice active compassion and develop healthy lifestyles as they grow in civic engagement and philanthropy. This curriculum will teach and empower youth how to plan and execute a fundraiser activity with the intent of donating the funds to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for campers to attend at no cost to their families. The participant(s) will be stepped through a three-stage curriculum addressing before project, during project, and after project milestones.