YDS Formative Index

The Formative Index is a compilation of program and organizational practices that helps guide and assess the structural changes sites can implement in adopting the YDS model.

YDS Formative Index



TAC Guidebook

Click here to see a sample of our TAC Guidebook.  This guidebook will help you to  learn about the key ingredients for creating dynamic youth-driven programs for teens.  Experiences show that one of the best ways to make a space youth-driven is to support a teen advisory council!  The Guidebook is available for purchase from the Center for Youth Program Quality.



Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric

Funded by the Edmund A. Stanley Jr. research grant from the Robert Brown Foundation, this Rubric is developed through a research study consisting of extensive literature view, a series of program observations, youth and adult interviews and focus groups to assess the practices of Youth-Adult Partnership (Y-AP) in various youth settings (i.e., school reforms, afterschool programs, camps, parks and recreation, youth participatory action research, etc.). Similar to the concepts of “youth-driven” and “youth civic engagement,” the Y-AP approach aims to increase youth voice and youth leadership in affairs that affect them and their communities.

The Rubric was conducted in partnership between The Neutral Zone and Michigan State University’s Community Evaluation Research Collaborative.  It follows the framework of the article “The Psychology and Practice of Youth-Adult Partnership” (Zeldin, Christens, & Powers, 2013) to capture specific behaviors and social climates supporting the four critical dimensions of Y-AP:

  1. authentic decision-making

  2. natural mentors

  3. reciprocity

  4. community connectedness

Our goal is to provide a freely available assessment tool for professional development and program evaluation. You’re encouraged to download the fillable form[PDF: 4.8 MB] above and hit the “submit” button in the PDF file when you’re done. Contact Dr. Jamie Wu at wuhengch@msu.edu[E-mail] or 517-884-1412 for more information.



Agency Self-Readiness and Capacity Assessment

The self-assessment survey is meant to help agencies explore their readiness and capacity for engaging in the adoption of YDS practices. A review of the readiness and assessment helps agencies recognize the strengths and challenges for adopting YDS practice. It also provides a tool for conversations both within the agency and with YDS training service providers.

Readiness Survey for New Agencies