Evaluating Youth Empowerment: The Construction and Validation of an Inventory of Dimensions and Indicators

Anna Planas-Lladó, Xavier Úcar

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Abstract

Empowerment is a concept that has become increasingly used over recent years. However, little research has been undertaken into how empowerment can be evaluated, particularly in the case of young people. The aim of this article is to present an inventory of dimensions and indicators of youth empowerment. The article describes the various phases in the construction and validation of the inventory. These phases were (1) a contrast of the inventory of dimensions and indicators against specialized published writings on youth empowerment; (2) the validation of the resulting inventory by experts; and (3) a contrast with young people through four participatory evaluation processes and six life stories. The tool is scientifically and practically useful and enables the impact of youth empowerment programmes to be evaluated; it also serves to plan and implement socio-educational processes aimed at influencing the empowerment of young people.
Translated title of the contributionEvaluación del empoderamiento juvenil
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109821402110556
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Early online date29 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • process evaluation
  • qualitative methods
  • validation study
  • youth
  • youth empowerment
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT
  • POWER
  • PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION
  • SELF-ESTEEM
  • SOCIOPOLITICAL CONTROL
  • COMMUNITY
  • PROGRAMS
  • YOUNG-PEOPLE
  • SCALE
  • SENSE

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