Positive Youth Development Measurement Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Implementers of Youth Programs

Published: February 2017

Positive youth development (PYD) is an approach that aims to build and support the competencies, skills and abilities of youth so that they are empowered to reach their full potential. Building the assets and skills of young people has been shown to improve outcomes for youth in high-income countries. But what does PYD look like in programs for youth in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? What are appropriate tools and considerations for measuring PYD outcomes in LMICs?

Under the USAID-funded, Making Cents International led YouthPower Learning project, ICRW, Khulisa Management Services, University of Melbourne, and University of Washington, have developed a PYD Measurement Toolkit.

This toolkit is geared toward helping program implementers, researchers and funders integrate PYD principles into program monitoring and evaluation, and to adjust and improve program performance. The toolkit provides a framework for measuring PYD, resources and references for implementers and evaluators, illustrative PYD indicators that can be applied across multiple sectors and information on major considerations for adapting measures cross-culturally.

Publishers International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), USAID, Making Cents International