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Valuing beneficiary voice: Involving children in programme evaluation

Thank you to SAGE Publishing and the Evaluation Journal of Australasia for publishing this article.

What does it take to gain feedback from children on programs that impact them? 

It’s not as easy as you may think. This research project, undertaken by ACPNS researchers, Dr Ruth Knight and Kylie Kingston for The Pyjama Foundation, charts how children were involved in the evaluation of the Love of Learning program – amazing insights and learnings for any organisation that seeks to gain input and feedback from children and other vulnerable stakeholders.

Valuing beneficiary voice: Involving children living in out-of-home care in programme evaluation

This paper charts the innovative evaluation journey an Australian nonprofit organisation, The Pyjama Foundation (PJF), has taken when designing an evaluation instrument to gain feedback from program beneficiaries. PJF sought to develop a formal, targeted approach to hear the perspectives of children living in out-of-home care, who are involved with their Love of Learning educational program.

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