If your program or service engages or benefits children, and you want to include their participation in the evaluation but don’t know where to start, I want to share some considerations and resources that can help you:
Review ethical considerations of involving children in research and evaluation, including possible harms and benefits, getting informed consent and privacy and confidentiality. Check out the Ethical Research Involving Children guide commissioned by UNICEF. Ce guide est aussi publié en français ici.
Focus on discussing 1 or 2 (max!) evaluation questions/goals with kids.
Make it playful and fun. There are a lot of fun activities presented in Save the Children’sA Kit of Tools for Participatory Research and Evaluation with Children, Young People and Adults that can help you in your evaluation.
Record interactions, interviews or activities so that you can be in the moment and let children guide the conversation. You’ll then be able to take your time reviewing and decoding what happened later.
While engaging children in your evaluation may not be simple, it can be done! Hopefully, these resources will help.
If you know of any other great resources, or would like to share things you’ve learned, please do!