Quality Element 8: Evaluation & Outcomes

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A quality program has measurable program and outcomes-based goals; and a system and plan in place for gathering data, engaging in data-driven decision-making, implementing program improvement strategies, and regularly reassessing outcomes.

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Featured Resource

Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program

Whether you are new to evaluation or looking to improve your existing systems, this guide from the Harvard Family Research Project is for you.  The guide will walk you through developing a logic model, choosing the focus of your evaluation, selecting the evaluation design, and analyzing the data.

 

 

Research & Best Practices

Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory – New York Statewide Afterschool Network

Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input: A Hands-On Guide for Youth Practitioners –  Public Profit 

Out-0f-School Time Program Evaluation: Tools for Action Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Afterschool Quality: The Process of Program Improvement National Institute on Out-of-School Time

Data Sharing Resources for Afterschool and Expanded Learning Program and Systems (Publication) – Harvard Family Research Project

Learning for All: The Value of Field Experience in Training a New Generation of Program Evaluators – Harvard Family Research Project

OST Data and Evaluation: Collecting and Sharing Data to Support Communities – Harvard Family Research Project

Data Sharing Resources for Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs and Systems – Harvard Family Research Project

Framing Program Evaluation: Why We Should Tinker With Theories of Change and Logic Models – Harvard Family Research Project

Data-Driven Decision Making In Out-of-School Time Programs – Child Trends

Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities – National League of Cities: Institute for Youth, Education, & Families

From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes – The Forum for Youth Investment

Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Rating Scales  – Pearson

ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

4-H Positive Youth Development Student Questionnaire

Evaluation Instrument Search –  University of Minnesota

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Framing Program Evaluation: Why We Should Tinker with Theories of Change and Logic Models –  Harvard Family Research Project

A Youth Development Approach to Evaluation: Critical Participatory Action Research Afterschool Matters

Looking at the Data: Afterschool Programs Using Data to Serve StudentsAfterschool Alliance

United Way Out-of-School Time Toolkit: Use Data to Measure, Evaluate, & Communicate Results

Reflect and Improve: A Tool Kit for Engaging Youth and Adults as Partners in Program Evaluation Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

Dabbling in the Data: A Hands-On Guide to Participatory Data Analysis Public Profit


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