Useful Tools for Engaging Young People in Participatory Evaluation

In this guide each tool is presented in a user-friendly format to enable the practitioner to easily put it to use. For each tool, information is given on: its purpose; instructions on how to use it; the time required; materials necessary; sample questions that it might be used to answer; its advantages and disadvantages; tips; and a real-life example.

The toolkit includes:
  • classical evaluation tools;
  • tools for participatory research;
  • tools for participant evaluations of workshops;
  • ice-breakers and team-builders;
  • energizers;
  • a note on body language.


  • Context
  • What is Participatory Evaluation with Young People?
  • Ethical Approaches to Involving Children and Young People in Evaluation
  • The Toolkit
  • Classical Evaluation Tools
  • Evaluation Framework
  • Questionnaires
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Tools for Participatory Reasearch
  • Card Visualization
  • Smiley-face Scale
  • Testimonials / Stories
  • Impact Drawings
  • Historical Timeline
  • Social Mapping / Community Mapping
  • Trend Analysis
  • Force-field Analysis
  • Tools for Participant Evaluation of Workshops
  • Quantitative Workshop Evaluation
  • Taking Stock
  • Process / Product Workshop Evaluation
  • Ice-breakers and Team-builders
  • Energizers
  • A Note on Body Language
  • References / Bibliography


Gawler, M. (2005) "Card Visualization" in Useful Tools for Engaging Young People in Participatory Evaluation. (UNICEF) Retrieved from

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Gold Coast, Australia.


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