Evaluating Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Out of school programming often seeks to develop children’s’ outcomes beyond those purely academic. Working with program leaders to align program activities/goals with specific outcomes can be a challenge. In many cases, program activities are determined prior determining program outcomes. In these instances,¬†understanding components of positive youth development can be useful to reflect on the relationship and alignment of program activities and program outcomes.

First, the Oregon State University 4-H Youth Development Program developed a Positive Youth Development Inventory (PYDI) intended to assess PYD changes in students ages 12-18. The collection of 55 Likert scale items measures the latent constructs of:

  1. Confidence
  2. Competence
  3. Character
  4. Caring
  5. Connection
  6. Contribution

Second, The Colorado Trust developed the Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development containing survey administration guidance and pre-post and post-only instruments that examine 8 sets of outcomes or domains that include:

  1. Academic success
  2. Arts and recreation
  3. Community involvement
  4. Cultural competency
  5. Life skills
  6. Positive life choices
  7. Positive core values
  8. Sense of self

Both resources above were initially designed for students in Grade 4 or higher. Please indicate in the comments below if you know of resources suitable for students in Kindergarten-Grade 3 (ages 5-8).