Youth Participatory Evaluation



The MPS Research, Evaluation, Assessment & Accountability (REAA) department firmly believes in the power of authentic voice. YPE equips young people at every MPS middle school and high school with research and evaluation skills, and takes a democratic approach to legitimize and leverage the voices of young people in shaping their education. Their recommendations result in system-wide learning and contribute to district discussions and decisions. 

YPE is an emerging field that engages young people in the process of evaluating and influencing the programs, organizations, agencies, and systems that have been designed to serve them. In partnership with adults, youth gather information and knowledge to support their argument for program, school, district, or community change.

In Minneapolis, this program holds the following goals for participants and the district:

  •  Youth voice is involved in district decision-making processes and adds valued perspectives to data analysis and sense-making
  •  Youth report district and school leaders value and listen to them
  •  Youth are partners in the process of making schools youth-friendly spaces
  •  Youth involved in their school’s discipline system are representative of the school population
  •  District and school staff recognize the value of youth voice and YPE

2017-18  YPE
2016-17 Research Agenda and School Presentations