Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Participatory Evaluation with Culturally Diverse Youth

Health promotion and positive development approaches involving adolescents take place over time and are subject to multiple contextual and societal factors during that time. Effective evaluation of such programming depends on long-term commitment to tracking changes in life experiences and asset development, as opposed to measuring only efficacy outcomes.

Nurses who work with culturally diverse groups of youth should consider the following elements during program evaluation (Source: Checkoway & Richards-Schuster, 2004, p.10)

  • Getting organized by assuring that youth evaluation leaders and committee members represent the social and cultural diversity of the population.
  • Enlisting “bridging persons,” which are those young people who work easily across cultural boundaries and who are able to bring diverse individuals together.
  • Strengthening social and cultural knowledge, especially of key groups whose characteristics might affect the methods selected.
  • Representing diverse interests in all steps of evaluation: from asking questions, to gathering information, to sharing the findings.
  • Selecting methods of gathering information by identifying the methods –interviews, focus groups, surveys – that fit the class, race or gender of the young people.
  • Increasing intergroup dialogue by enabling group members from diverse backgrounds to talk and listen effectively with one another.
  • Dealing with conflict by recognizing it as a normal part of multicultural participation in a diverse democracy.