This blog was written by Mary McKaskill, Practice Development Lead at the Centre for Youth Impact. She shares her reflections for the International Transformative Youth Work Conference held at Plymouth Marjon University 4-6th Septmber 2018. She reflects on the role of evidence in celebrating youth work’s global similarities and variation and continuity of practice in changing contexts.
The place of power in evaluation is an interesting question to ponder: it is somehow everywhere and yet simultaneously nowhere. Power relations could arguably be the single biggest influence on how an evaluation is designed, undertaken and experienced: power often decides the questions that an evaluation is seeking to answer, and how it goes about answering them. Yet in the results, or the write up – particularly of large scale, ‘heavyweight’ impact studies and service evaluations, these power relations are rarely explicitly acknowledged. This is despite acknowledging that many go into the evaluation ‘profession’ precisely because they wish to amplify the voices of those who are seldom heard or listened to, and to redress some of the power imbalances that persist.
This blog was written by Bethia McNeil, Director of the Centre for Youth Impact. It is part of a pair blogs, written by James Noble, Impact Management Lead at NPC, and Bethia. You can read James's blog “Let's stop chasing our tails on impact measurement” here.
Our monthly newsletter collects news, events, research and blogs from the Centre, our networks and practitioners and organisations around the world. Sign-up here