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Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE)

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

See the links below for the program’s 2016-2017 Research Agenda and school presentations.
YPE Research Topics
Anishinabe YPE 2017
Anthony YPE 2017
Anwatin YPE 2017
Barton YPE 2017
FAIR High School YPE 2017
Field YPE 2017
FolwellYPE 2017
Henry YPE 2017
Keewaydin YPE 2017
Marcy Open YPE 2017
Northeast YPE 2017
Roosevelt YPE 2017
South YPE 2017
Southwest YPE 2017
Washburn YPE 2017
Wellstone YPE 2017