Evaluation is an essential component to a successful YAC program. By critically evaluating the projects and operations of a YAC, YAC members and advisors can work to correct past mistakes in the future and more effectively serve the community. Due to the great importance of evaluation, the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project Committee recommends that each YAC conduct an annual self-assessment to understand its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
Evaluation Overview – An excerpt from “Guidelines and Resources for Establishing a YAC,” this resource provides valuable background information about evaluating the work of your YAC.
Alumni Survey – A resource from the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project Committee, this document can be used to gather honest and important information about your YAC from former YAC members.
End of Year Evaluation – This resource, developed by the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project Committee, provides a simple, yet effective, way to gather honest feedback from YAC members about the YACs operating behaviors and effectiveness.
Track Your YAC Assessment Tool – A resource designed by the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project Committee, this brochure allows YAC members or advisors to evaluate if their YAC is meeting the YAC Best Practices.
Participatory Evaluation with Young People – Developed by two professors at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, this resource outlines strategies young people can use in evaluation efforts.
Facilitator’s Guide for Participatory Evaluation with Young People – This resource, developed by two professors at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, outlines strategies adult advisors can use to engage youth in the evaluation process.