‘How was your experience of youth group today?’ Evaluating Youth work in an evaluation culture

‘How was your experience in Tescos today’ ‘please tell us how you feel about the cleanliness of the toilets today’ ‘share your experiences of the airport security today’ ‘your opinion matters to us’ In case you haven’t noticed, its as if we’re living in a culture where opinions and where evaluation is all around us. I was travelling to Canada last week, and at each … Continue reading ‘How was your experience of youth group today?’ Evaluating Youth work in an evaluation culture

How might Youth Ministry be evaluated beyond the bums on seats?

‘Then Jesus saith unto them, go to the villages, take nothing, and wait for the man of peace to give you a welcome. Then set up an event for people to come to and count people as they arrive. Then, loadeth photos of the full event to the internet’ It has been an interesting week. Various articles have been circulated that I am going to … Continue reading How might Youth Ministry be evaluated beyond the bums on seats?

How evaluating youth work & ministry might be about performance

It’s a perennial question in youth work and ministry – how can it be evaluated? Measured or even- shudder – what are it’s measurable outcomes? It’s a question that has been asked of me in a couple of settings recently. Not going to give away the details of where. But behind the question is a frustration that the wider culture of practice makes determinations of … Continue reading How evaluating youth work & ministry might be about performance

12 elements of a successful detached youthwork session

At the recent Federation of Detached youth work conference, one of the key conversation topics on the floor was that of measuring and recording the interactions and success/goodness of detached youthwork. This was discussed in relation to commissioning, to targets and to outcomes, which are all tied up with a neo liberal agenda. The other thing alluded to was that detached youthwork was measured for effectiveness … Continue reading 12 elements of a successful detached youthwork session

Challenges in detached Youthwork (1)- Managing Relationships

There have always been a number of challenges in regard to the delivery of and sustainability of the practice of detached youthwork, and i thought it would be good to share some of these here, but also begin a conversation about some current and what might be future challenges. Detached youthwork by its own strength is hugely unpredictable, it is difficult to say for certainty … Continue reading Challenges in detached Youthwork (1)- Managing Relationships