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Engineers Without Borders: School Outreach Program Evaluation

The Research and Evaluation Unit, Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University

August 2008

Summary

The Engineers Without Borders School Outreach Program (EWB SOP) sends university student volunteers to facilitate interactive workshops on international development to youth across Canada. Started in 2003, the program has reached over 70,000 people across Canada with three workshops: “Water for the World”, “Food for Thought”, and “Energy Matters”.

In May 2008, EWB and the Simon Fraser University Research & Evaluation Unit (SFU REU) worked collaboratively to determine the impact that the SOP workshops were having on the participants. The evaluation instruments were designed to investigate whether the workshops were an effective format for engaging youth, and to speak to the following goals of the program:

» youth are more likely to take action in international development issues
» youth are more likely to pursue engineering or international development education
» youth think of Africa as a diverse continent with lots of potential for change, and as home to many capable and driven people
» youth understand that their actions have global implications and feel like they can make a difference
» youth believe that EWB and engineers can and should play a role in fighting extreme poverty

Click here to read SFU-REU's report (.PDF) »