Process Evaluation (Monitoring) - Youth Leadership and Resiliency Project in Yellowknife, NWT and in the Hamlet of Arviat NU | 2009 – 2015

Sectors: Education

Countries: Canada

Client: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Nearly half of the 2,000 people living in the Eastern Arctic community of Arviat, Nunavut, are under the age of 18. The hamlet’s Youth Leadership and Resiliency Project (LRP) encouraged at-risk youth (ages 14 to 18) to participate in school, to build their strengths, and to develop coping skills. The initiative used a combination of land and culture activities, high adventure, and in-school (facilitator led) peer group sessions to address the risk factors faced by participating youth. A version of the LRP also ran for five years in the Yellowknife Catholic School system, in this instance for the entire span from K to Grade 12.  Funding for both projects was provided by Public Safety Canada via the National Crime Prevention Centre.

PlanNET monitored each projects’ implementation over five years. This involved helping the project teams to develop logic models for their version of LRP along with indicators and measurement tools. As each school year closed, PlanNET consultants met with middle and high school aged youth, community leaders, teachers and the project teams.Annual visits ended with a findings validation workshop and a report referenced to evaluation questions.