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Susan Cooper & Anu Gretschel

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 44: Evaluating Youth Work in its Contexts

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Evaluating Youth Work in its Contexts
Evaluating Youth Work in its Contexts
Susan Cooper Anu Gretschel
Introduction

One of the biggest challenges facing youth work today is the need to articulate its intrinsic and extrinsic value, its worth to young people and communities, and its worth to society. Perhaps now, more than ever, it is vital that we demonstrate this worth to policy makers and funders. The way in which this challenge has been taken on is however problematic. The need to be accountable has been interpreted very narrowly and this has led to the dominance of an experimental evaluation paradigm. Quasi-scientific methods, such as random-controlled trials and control groups are seen as the gold standard in producing evidence of ...

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