Naar zinvolle evaluatiemethoden voor community-projecten | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1567-7109
  • E-ISSN: 2468-1652



The paper discusses the evaluation of two community-based intervention projects that were evaluated using a methodology that appears to differ strongly from traditional quasi-experimental designs. The main reason for this deviation is that traditional designs do not match the way community projects develop over time. Moreover, these designs do not provide enough information to improve these intervention projects in the future. It is argued that traditional designs can be partially tailored, but not sufficiently to address these needs. The evaluation methods that were actually used, also have drawbacks. It is argued that both the traditional and the here described evaluation methods do not provide enough information about what communities offer to children. Moreover, they do not account sufficiently for the democratic dynamics of community-based projects. A different direction is proposed, suggesting that not projects and interventions should be evaluated, but the children’s experience of (change of the) quality of the entire network of people and organizations in their community.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): community; evaluation; methods; networks; youth
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