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Engaging Young People in Hello Insight

We know many of Hello Insight’s members value the perspectives and opinions of children and young people. We believe that young people are capable, active citizens who have the right to participate in matters that affect them. We value young people’s experiences, input, and suggestions for improving the programs designed to serve them. One way we support this value is by building the capacity of programs and organizations to engage young people and young children in evaluations.

Engage Young People in Making Meaning of Data

Design methods and collect data with young people to engage them in Hello Insight

Key Questions Answered

  • Why does youth engagement in Hello Insight matter, and what approaches are feasible for your program?
  • Which strategies engage young people in critical reflection about their social and emotional learning?
  • How can staff and young people be involved in the design of participatory data collection strategies?

We specialize in participatory data collection strategies, such as techniques that help prepare staff and young people to engage in taking Hello Insight surveys and to reflecting on the meaning of their data. One example is an interactive, participatory survey, which combines techniques in education, public art, and evaluation to engage people in data collection and analysis by visualizing results in real-time.

Building Capacity for Youth-Led Evaluations

Empower young people to lead evaluation activities that incorporate Hello Insight measures

Key Questions Answered

  • How can we support young people in making meaning of their Hello Insight data?
  • What are other youth-led evaluation activities, and which strategies are feasible for your program?
  • What are the conditions necessary to implement youth-led evaluation strategies and activities in your program?

When young people are given an opportunity to define evaluation questions, create evaluation methods, collect and make meaning of data, and report their findings to various stakeholders, they are empowered with 21st Century and SEL skills. When programs change with youth input and young people see their recommendations put into practice, we model positive youth development practices. Depending upon your interests, we can start with a small project to engage young people in making meaning of the Hello Insight data, or we can dream big and engage young people in a range of evaluation activities.

Use Play-based Techniques to Gather Data from Young Children

Engage children ages 3 to 8 in assessing their own social and emotional learning

Key Questions Answered

  • What are play-based data collection methods, and which strategies are feasible for your program?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of asking young children to assess their own social and emotional learning?
  • What characteristics and skills do staff require to implement play-based data collection methods?

Many youth development organizations also have programs that focus upon the social and emotional learning of preschool children (ages 3 and 4) and younger elementary school children (ages 5 to 8). When the evaluation methods are developmentally appropriate, even young children can explain or demonstrate what they do in a program, what they learn from a program, and how it makes them feel. Play-based data collection methods offer an opportunity to listen to young children and provide a creative way to expand the voices represented in a program evaluation.

Community Mapping

Engage young people in mapping their perceptions of the community conditions that support SEL

Key Questions Answered

  • Where do young people hang out?
  • Where do they feel safe and welcome?
  • What areas do young people avoid in the community and why?

Understanding young people’s experiences with adults and peers in specific places within their communities is important for examining the context in which social and emotional learning develops. We specialize in methods for engaging young people in mapping their use and perceptions of their community. These perceptions shape the opportunities and experiences young people have for social and emotional learning and healthy development in their neighborhoods.

Community Assessments

Engage young people in determining community assets for SEL and their priorities for change

Many youth programs focus on community projects as a way for engaging young people in real world problem-solving and for building their civic engagement and 21st century skills. Usually only a small number of young people in a program decide the focus of change in these projects. Community assessments offer a way of engaging a broader and more representative range of young people in determining community assets for SEL as well as community challenges and their priorities for change.

Key Questions Answered

  • Do our communities offer public spaces for young people to engage in activities with one another?
  • What social services are available and welcoming to young people in their communities?
  • Do young people have access to age-appropriate health care services in their communities?

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