Stakeholder Participation

At the community-level, Nick is an evaluation coach for a youth-led initiative called Grassroots Youth Collaborative (GYC). GYC builds a support system for youth organizers to successfully and sustainably strengthen their communities who face adversity in the City of Toronto by creating safe space and facilitating supportive relationships with each other and with mentors and other stakeholders. Nick has worked on GYC’s Youth Mentorship program to develop a participatory, developmental evaluation that capitalized on the voice of the youth participants and incorporated developmental evaluation strategies into the GYC programming. Petten Consulting is also currently working with another community-based organization that seeks to increase social inclusion by addressing intergenerational barriers in select communities in Toronto through interactive theatre and performance art. Participation is the cornerstone of the evaluation as the organization seeks to increase the involvement and ownership of its program beneficiaries.