Since 1975, Legal Services for Children (LSC) has advocated for children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area to have the opportunity to be raised in a safe environment with the services and supports they need to become healthy and productive young adults. LSC pioneered a unique interdisciplinary approach to child advocacy, employing teams of attorneys and social workers who collaboratively address the comprehensive needs of their clients. In recent years, LSC has devoted significant attention and resources towards building its capacity to measure the organization’s impact on the youth it serves.
From 2017 to 2020, LSC convened a group of current and former clients to provide collective feedback via a participatory evaluation component. The organization engaged an external consulting group, Three Mountains, to conduct the evaluation. LSC recruited a racially and ethnically diverse group of eight current and former clients to participate in the evaluation. The participants ranged in age from 13 to 20, and had received assistance from LSC for a variety of legal and social work issues. The participants met for six facilitated discussion sessions and worked individually and collaboratively to develop photographs and narratives documenting their experience prior to, during, and after working with LSC.