WSU Cooperative Extension  Life Skills Evaluation System - Measuring growth in life skills for youth and family programs  


  Why Evaluate?


The WSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required by law to review all research and evaluations conducted by university personnel who use human subjects. In other words, whenever we ask people to be involved in our evaluations we need to have the evaluation procedures and surveys, interviews, etc., approved by the IRB. This is to assure that people are not being asked inappropriate questions and that the process is ethical. It is also there to protect you and your program in the event that someone doesn't like some part of the evaluation.

The WSU Cooperative Extension Life Skills Evaluation has been approved by the WSU IRB. The approval included the following requirements that must be followed:

  1. The Notice of Passive Consent (see below) must be sent to all parents whose children under 18 years of age may be asked to participate in the evaluation of your program. We suggest that you send a copy of this notice along with your program materials when youth enter your program. You only need to give the notice to parents once a year. It is then their responsibility to contact you if they do not want their child to participate in the evaluation. If you do not hear from the parents, then their son or daughter can participate, if the youth so desires.
  2. The paragraph at the top of the customized evaluation form explains the participants' rights in completing the evaluation. This information must remain on your evaluation form. You need to read it with the participants (both youth and adult) who will be completing the evaluation.
  3. If you want to add any of your own indicators to the Life Skills Evaluation and there is any chance that the results would be published, even in the local newspaper, you must submit them to Mary Katherine Deen at so they can be sent to the WSU IRB for approval. Dr. Deen will be submitting any additional indicators on a monthly basis; therefore, have any additional indicators to her by the first of the month. Allow at least three weeks before you need the evaluation to have the indicators approved.

WRITTEN NOTICE OF PASSIVE CONSENT (for youth participants):

As a participant in the (name of the program) your son or daughter may be asked to help with the evaluation of the program. At the end of each program or program year, we conduct an evaluation to tell us how well the program is working. Your son or daughter may be asked to complete a written survey about what he or she may have learned from participating in the program. We estimate that it will take the youth participants approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey.

Youths are not required to participate in the evaluation. If your son or daughter decides that he or she does not wish to participate, it will not affect his or her participation in this or future WSU Cooperative Extension programs. If your son or daughter does not want to answer some questions on the survey, that is okay. The survey responses will be anonymous, and your son's or daughter's responses will not be identified in any way.

If you do not want your son or daughter to participate in the evaluation of (name of program), please contact (name of local program staff member) at (contact information) before your child begins attending the program. If you have any questions about the evaluation, you can contact Dr. Mary Katherine Deen at (509)682-6956 or the Washington State University Institutional Review Board at (509)335-9661.

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WSU Learning Center
1300 5th St.
Wells Hall, Suite 1060
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Phone: 509.662.4730
Fax: 509.662.3368
Email: Life Skills Coordinator

Program Content Created By:
Mary Katherine Deen, Ext. Specialist
Sandra J. Bailey, Asst. Professor Louise Parker, Ext. Specialist

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Kathleen Duncan, Info. System Coord

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