The Evaluator's Cookbook
Exercises for participatory evaluation with children and young people
Routledge – 2008 – 58 pages
Participation is a vital element of working with children and young people – ensuring that services are meeting their needs as well as promoting citizenship, resilience and general well-being.
The Evaluator’s Cookbook contains 21 participatory evaluation exercises for use with children, young people and families/community groups. Attractively and clearly presented, the exercises are very easy to use and come with suggestions for use and instructions on how to create the equipment needed. They will appeal to a wide range of people and can be used in a variety of informal and formal settings and most of the exercises are suitable for use with disabled children or children with special needs, as well as people with English as a second language. The book also explores why, how and where participatory research and evaluation should take place and provides suggestions on how the findings can be presented in imaginative ways.
This unique book is an invaluable resource for those wishing to consult with children and families or evaluate social, health and education services in diverse cultural settings.
"Every Child Matters (Children Act, 2004) says that all children and young people should "make a positive contribution": engage in decision making through participation and evaluation. This cookbook is a must for all practitioners working to meet that aim."
Debra Gibbs, Director of Fostering Support and Participation Lead, Hampshire Children's Fund
"Its great to find something written and set out in such a clear, straightforward and accessible way."
Ruth Spencer, Independent Dance Artist
"With this Cookbook to hand, it will be difficult for anyone to argue that children cannot be engaged creatively with services. There are lots of ideas and the 'ingredients' at the end and on the associated website make it easy to get started. Some of the recipes could easily be adapted for adults too."
Marilyn Taylor, University of the West of England
Introduction 1. Starters [warm-up exercises] 2. Main Courses [more substantial exercises] 3. Puddings [rounding-off exercises]
Angus McCabe is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham and an independent trainer. His background is in play and, more recently, community development in the UK and Eastern Europe.
Katrice Horsley is a Freelance Narrative Consultant who specialises in using story in a variety of development settings.