Collaborations within NC 4-H for better evaluation... NC4-H Evaluation Learning Circle

Collaborations with Tufts University Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development...

Life Skills/GPS (Goal setting-Pursuit of strategies-Shifting gears) Study 2011

NC 4-H is partnering with Tufts University to test youth (ages 10-13; 14-18 YRS) and mentor versions of Goal Setting and Achieving rubrics. The experience will take about an hour for youth and must include mentors who know (1-5) youth. Youth will answer life skills and positive youth development (PYD) questions about themselves while mentors will rate from 1 to 5 young people on life skills and PYD. Everything, including the surveys that the mentor and youth need to complete, is available online, so ideally a club can meet you at your office or a local school computer lab. Participating youth receive a $50 Target gift card and participating mentors will receive a $50 Target gift card. Please read the flyer and pilot overview documents to find out more.

GPS Results for 2010
GPS10 Site Report Memo 3-16-11.doc
Thrive Site Report for County Group 1.xls (Henderson, Johnston, Randolph)
Thrive Site Report for County Group 2.xls (Hyde, Yancey, Pasquotank, Washington, Lee)
Thrive Site Report for County Group 3.xls (Forsyth, Guilford)

GPS Study 2011
For complete information about the Life Skills/GPS Project that will be kicking off in 2011, please click on the following link

GPS Project Website


We (Tufts) would advise agents and mentors to read over the full project overview document that is on the GPS Project website first. This document will explain the evaluation process. Proper preparation will improve your experience of the evaluation and the GPS Project materials! Please note that some of the dates in these materials may not reflect the dates that have been established with NC 4-H.

We would also advise all agents and mentors to take part in the GPS Project webinar training that will take place in April, 2011.

For more information about Project GPS, go to the GPS Project Website or email us at tuftsgps@gmail.com .


The GPS Project is broken up into the steps that an agent or mentor should follow to participate fully in the evaluation. Below is just a brief overview.

  1. Read the background information material on the GPS Project website, especially the material under the Pilot Nuts and Bolts Menu.
  2. Print off and complete the consent forms that are specific to NC 4-H and can be found below.
  3. Take part in a live webinar training or watch a prior training.
  4. Complete a few activities from the manual to introduce the GPS skills to youth (or use your own ideas to introduce GPS).
  5. Complete online surveys with youth about the youth's GPS skills and some other items (data collection period to be determined).
  6. Work on GPS skills with youth (you can use the activities and videos we have created or use your own ideas).
  7. Complete online surveys with youth about the youth's GPS skills and some other items a second time (data collection period to be determined).
  8. Work on GPS skills with youth (you can use the activities and videos we have created or use your own ideas).
  9. Complete online surveys with youth about the youth's GPS skills and some other items a third time (data collection period to be determined).

We have included some information below that may be helpful. Some of this material is also on the GPS Project website and some is specific to NC 4-H. *Specific to NC 4-H.

1. Background information and instructions to recruit and manage the event.

2. Training Webinars --


3. Consent Forms 2011*
Youth Assent/Parent Consent form: Silliman 1523 GPS Youth&ParentConsent 3-28-11.doc
Youth 18+ yrs Consent form: Silliman 1523 GPS Youth18Consent 3-28-11.docx
Mentor Consent form: Silliman 1523 GPS Mentor Consent 3-28-11.doc

4. ID numbers and Survey Login Information
Tufts will email county agents a spreadsheet to complete contact information for the mentors and youth who have consented to participate in The GPS Project Study. Tufts Spreadsheet: ExcelList-NC4H GPSpartic.xls
Tufts will then email mentors id numbers and login information to take the online surveys that can be found on the Thrive website. More details about how to complete the surveys will also be included in this email to participants.


5. Reference Rubrics by type and age
The four sets of rubrics below differ by who is completing them and the age of the young person who they are about. There are rubrics for mentors to complete about the youth and rubrics for the youth to complete about him or herself. The rubrics the mentor or youth fill out also differs by the age of the youth (younger youth, ages 10-13, and older youth, ages 14-18). Youth self-report rubrics are in the first person and use simpler language than the mentor-completed rubrics, which are in the third person.

Mentor-completed Rubrics For Youth, ages 10-13:
Mentor-completed Rubrics For Youth, ages 14-18:
The following file contains both sets--
http://stepitup2thrive.org/downloads/6-tufts/6.4-Rubric_Pro.pdf.zip

Youth self-report, ages 10-13: Goal setting rubric and PYD rubrics:
Youth self-report, ages 14-18: Goal setting rubric and PYD rubrics:
The following file contains both sets--
http://stepitup2thrive.org/downloads/6-tufts/6.5-Rubric_Youth.pdf.zip




North Carolina Positive Youth Development Study
North Carolina 4-H joined the national 4-H Positive Youth Development Study at Wave 6 (2007-08), and is continuing through Wave 8 (2009-2010). The study, led by Drs. Richard and Jackie Lerner of Tufts University and funded by National 4-H Council, is the most extensive longitudinal research on positive youth development ever undertaken. Learn about the study, join in, or share ideas on making the project work in your community, right here. Some features of the site:
Media to Introduce the Study
Leadership Team and Participating Counties
Mailbag-Project Announcements
Project Step-by-Step Plan including where to use 4-H PYD Study tools
Other Links to Positive Youth Development
Youth Development research and trends in North Carolina and the USA
Research Methods and Tools
Project Management tools for efficiency and innovation
Recruiting partners and youth and Marketing the study and its results
Links that Rock

Research and Evaluation in Youth Development\
Tools from Previous Years (2008)