Parent Participatory Evaluation

Parent Participatory Evaluation (PPE)

Parent Participatory Evaluation (PPE)
Engaging the Community in Research

Program Overview

Minneapolis Public Schools promises an inspirational educational experience in a safe, welcoming environment for all diverse learners to acquire the tools and skills necessary to confidently engage in the global community. To honor this vision, the District has utilized participatory evaluation, which empowers the people who are closest to the issue to take the lead in the evaluation. MPS has supported a Youth Participatory Evaluation program (YPE) for four years, and launched the PPE program this fall after a small pilot last spring. By partnering with students and parents, MPS engages key stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement and partner on innovative solutions that best reflect the priorities of our community. 

Participants

The 51 participating Parent Evaluators represent five culturally-specific groups: 9 African American, 9 American Indian, 9 Hispanic/Latino, 10 Hmong, and 14 Somali parents. Their children attend 33 different MPS schools across all three zones. Many parent participants have graduated from the Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities (CPEO) program, serve on a Parent Advisory Council, and/or were seeking additional opportunities to advocate for their community of MPS families and children.

Methods

Two MPS Divisions — Accountability, Research & Equity and Engagement & External Relations — partnered to support parents as they designed a culturally-relevant data collection process to engage parents in their communities and analyzed the data they collected. Parent Evaluators received training on three data collection methods—surveys, focus groups, and participatory methods (such as sticker voting or a graffiti wall). All Parent Evaluators were tasked with using their data collection design to understand MPS families' perspectives on the question, "How can a school value and respect your child for who they are?" This question was identified by MPS leadership to support the District as it develops plans to achieve two of its strategic priorities: Social Emotional Learning and Equity.

Dissemination

Stay tuned for more information about parent projects and action steps taken in response.

Questions?

Contact the PPE leadership team for more information:

Amanda Dionne, Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist
612.668.2095
Amanda.Dionne@mpls.k12.mn.us

Maren Henderson, Evaluation Specialist
612.668.0582
Maren.Henderson@mpls.k12.mn.us