Opening Doors: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Waterbury Youth Leadership Project
This article describes efforts to evaluate the impact of the Waterbury Youth Leadership Program (WYLP). Although the program meets five criteria for effective youth development programs as identified in previous research, quantitative evaluation efforts have been disappointing. Because of the small number of program participants, the researchers held a qualitative focus group interview, which yielded impressive results. The contents of the program are outlined, as well as the qualitative methods and results. Implications for qualitative evaluation methods and recommendations for future efforts are discussed.
Mutchler, M. S., Anderson, S. A., Grillo, M., & Mangle, H. (2006). Opening Doors: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Waterbury Youth Leadership Project. The Journal of Extension, 44(6), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss6/7