Evaluation Plan for Youth Development Training Center

Client: Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Faculty: Rona Affoumado and Christine Campbell
Team: Sahm Forbes, Kristy Grammer, Jessica Schneider, Meghan St. Cyr, Javier Uribe
Year: 2009
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of New York asked a Capstone team to create an evaluation plan for three of its Training Center's programs: Professional Development Workshop Series, Borough Mentoring Networks, and Technical Assistance. In order to do this, the Capstone team first created definitions of success for each program through in-depth conversations with external capacity-building experts and BBBS staff. Next, the team conducted a literature review of evaluation models, with a particular focus on the Donald Kirkpatrick model and its criticism. The team also spoke with comparable training and technical assistance agencies about their best-practices. The final deliverable resulted in a viable evaluation plan that will enable BBBS to facilitate long-term program development while responding to funder needs.