The need to provide young people with jobs and economic opportunity has moved to the forefront of today’s global development agenda. Yet because not enough youth livelihood programs have been carefully evaluated, it is difficult to identify the most promising initiatives that could be replicated and taken to scale. To help address this deficit of critical knowledge and information, the Global Partnership for Youth Employment (GPYE) is pleased to announce the release of Measuring Success of Youth Livelihood Interventions: A Practical Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation.

This monitoring and evaluation (M&E) toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn from their projects and contribute to building the evidence base so urgently needed in the field. It does so by offering a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the topic of monitoring and evaluation—and its practical application to youth livelihood initiatives. The guide was unveiled last month at the Youth@Work conference in Amman, Jordan, an event co-sponsored by the International Youth Foundation and supported through GPYE.

GPYE was established in 2008 with support from the World Bank, the International Youth Foundation, the Youth Employment Network, the Arab Urban Development Institute, and the Understanding Children’s Work project. Its goal is to build and disseminate evidence on youth employment outcomes and effective programs to help address the challenges facing young people in their transition to work. This Guide will contribute to the growing body of knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned in the field of youth employability that GPYE has supported and shared with the global development community over the past few years.

The publication offers local practitioners a range of information and insights into the M&E process, from answering basic questions such as “Why Evaluate?” to offering ideas for the best way to establish a monitoring system. Those in the field will learn how to conduct baseline surveys and will benefit from step-by-step instructions to carry out an impact evaluation. There’s also a section on troubleshooting and how to avoid common missteps.