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Transformative Evaluation in Youth Work and Its Emancipatory Role in Southern Italy

TitleTransformative Evaluation in Youth Work and Its Emancipatory Role in Southern Italy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsCooper S, Morciano D, Scardigno F, Ord J
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume11
Issue3
Start Page133
Pagination133-152
Date Published10/2019
PublisherPadova University Press
Place Published Padova, IT
ISSN Number 2035-4983
Keywordscausal mechanisms, Non-formal education, participatory evaluation, transformative evaluation
Abstract

This article draws on the experiences of a group of Italian youth workers who used Transformative Evaluation (TE) to evaluate their practice as part of a wider European research project funded by Erasmus+. The youth workers generated 151 stories of change with young people in their projects. These stories were collectively analysed and through this process the youth workers developed a greater understanding of the impact of their work and of some of the causal mechanisms that enable change to happen. Transformative Evaluation, with its sensitivity to the complexity and the critical potential of ‘lived experience’, is able to illuminate outcomes and process. The empowering and emancipatory potential of transformative evaluation is seen in the way in which it fosters youth workers’ and young people’s self-reflection.

DOI10.14658/pupj-ijse-2019-3-7