ICRW serves as the lead research partner for YouthPower Learning, a five-year, and $21 million initiative that generates and disseminates knowledge about the implementation and impact of positive youth development (PYD) and cross-sectoral approaches in international development. YouthPower Learning responds to USAID’s renewed call for unbiased impact and performance evaluations of the agency’s programs, as well as for increased use of research to improve program planning and results. The work under YouthPower Learning is leading research, evaluations, and events designed to build the evidence base and inform the global community about how to help young people pursue their aspirations, empowering them to contribute to, and benefit from, the creation of more peaceful and prosperous communities. YouthPower Learning also provides evidence and evaluation support to USAID missions for youth assessments, evaluations, research, training, strategy and program design, and other technical assistance through field support buy-in options.
ICRW is playing a leading role in the consortium to develop indicators and related tools to bridge gaps across sectors and establish measures to contribute to PYD evidence base. ICRW is also producing a global meta-review to expand the knowledge base about PYD programs in international development, in part to support and inform USAID-funded interventions and other programs in low and middle-income country settings. Additionally, ICRW supports Making Cents International in fostering an inclusive, audience-specific, and demand-driven cross-sectoral Youth Learning Network (on www.youthpower.org) and communities of practice that will improve knowledge, skills, practices and partnerships around international cross-sectoral PYD. Specifically ICRW serves as a co-champion of Gender and PYD community that promotes gender and positive youth development integration across development programming. We do this through collective sharing and learning about what works, how to measure efforts, and supporting application of knowledge. ICRW also provides research assessment and evaluation expertise for mission level activities. The results of this work will strengthening young people, their families, communities and or government to achieve sustainable outcomes in health, education, and political and economic empowerment.