Children & Youth

We have an extensive portfolio of evaluations of programs focused on after-school services, youth workforce development, youth leadership, and civic activism and youth organizing. Almost all these programs serve low-income youth of color, youth at risk of school dropout, or other vulnerable populations (e.g. LGBTQQ youth).

Youth Development
SPR has a wealth of experience conducting evaluations of programs that promote youth development among vulnerable and ethnically diverse populations. We have conducted multi-level evaluations of major national youth initiatives, captured best practices and lessons learned from innovative youth leadership and activism programs around the country, and developed comprehensive frameworks to measure outcomes for youth participants and their communities.

Project Spotlight: San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families: Evaluation of Specialized Teen, Youth-Led Organizing, and Youth-Led Philanthropy Programs

San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families: Evaluation of Specialized Teen, Youth-Led Organizing, and Youth-Led Philanthropy Programs

SPR assessed the performance, quality, and outcomes of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families (DCYF) specialized teen and youth empowerment programs from April 2012 to January 2015. Through its funding for specialized teen, youth-led organizing, and youth-led philanthropy programing, DCYF seeks to ensure that teenagers are engaged productively in afterschool activities and that they have opportunities to play a prominent and valued role within their schools, organizations, and in the broader San Francisco community. DCYF’s teen programs are designed to support youth leadership, to provide choices that allow young people to pursue and develop personal interests (e.g., arts, community engagement), and to help youth to achieve concrete goals.

Over the three-year evaluation, SPR worked closely with DCYF’s program officers and evaluation department to develop a framework for evaluation, revise evaluation instruments, develop individual program summaries of evaluation results, and produce a series of cross-program summaries and results. SPR analyzed over two thousand youth surveys and reviewed administrative data for over six thousand program participants each year. In addition to quantitative data, SPR conducted in-depth site visits to programs, interviews with program leaders, and focus groups with targeted subgroups of youth (LGBTQ and English learners). Throughout the project, SPR advised DCYF on how to strengthen its evaluation systems and programs.

Learn More

2013-2014 Final Program Report: Executive Summary and Full Report

2014 Brief on Programs for English Language Learners

Department of Children and Families website