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Case: Daniel Shephard and Simon Bailey (Aflatoun): Combining Utilization Focused and Developmental Evaluation: The Case of the Aflateen Social and Financial Education Program for Youth

DESCRIPTION OF THE CASE

Title case
Combining Utilization Focused and Developmental Evaluation: The Case of the Aflateen Social and Financial Education Program for Youth

Subject of the monitoring and/or evaluation:
Utilization-focused evaluation provides an overall decision-making framework with the intention of ensuring evaluation products and processes are actually used.  Developmental evaluation provides a structure to learn from an experiment or pilot in the making and provide feedback to course-correct and improve the ongoing effort.  We hope to present on a project where we combined both into a utilization-focused developmental evaluation (UFDE). The context was the piloting of an education curriculum for youth called Aflateen that was developed by Aflatoun in Amsterdam and test-driven by over forty partners around the World. The evaluation experience took place during a ten-month period between December 2012 and October 2013.

We aim to outline the context and justification for using this combined approach.  Using a sample of the findings, we will then show how this is connected to the findings, provide a reflection of the overall process, and an update on the process of implementing. We emphasize the types of conditions that enabled this experience and aim to guide other practitioners interested in this learning approach to evaluation. 

PROFILE CASE OWNERS

Name of case owner:
Daniel Shephard

Organisation:
Aflatoun

Country:
The Netherlands

Current function:
Research and Curriculum Manager

Your role in this utilisation case:
Evaluation Commissioner and Co Author

Other relevant experiences/background:
Daniel Shephard is the Curriculum and Research Manager at Aflatoun. He is a graduate of Oxford University with a degree in Evidence Based Social Interventions. Previously, he worked as a consultant to the ILO in Thailand and as a teacher

Name of case owner:
Simon Bailey

Organisation:
Aflatoun

Country:
The Netherlands

Current function:
Head of Learning, Research and Network

Your role in this utilisation case:
Evaluation Commissioner and Co Author

Other relevant experiences/background:
Simon Bailey is Head of Learning, Research and Network at Aflatoun. He has a degree in political philosophy from the London School of Economics and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Amsterdam.  Prior to Aflatoun, he worked in the areas of Microinsurance and in Canada on asset based social policy.